Archive for the ‘art’ category

Interactive Introduction to Art for Kids

May 14th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 14, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Museum of Modern Art: Destination Modern Art

(www.moma.org/interactives/destination/)

Age Range: 5-8 (Grades K-3, with parental supervision)

 

What fun for young kids! The Museum of Modern Art in New York offers a terrific interactive game that teaches kids about Modern Art as they click and play along.

When you get to the site you’ll see a picture of an alien. Click anywhere on the page and a new screen opens. The “alien” will be your child’s guide through the museum and will invite you to click on any of the 3 pieces of artwork you see – including paintings (by Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo) and a sculpture (by Umberto Boccioni). When you click on the artwork, a new screen opens with a description of the artwork and 4 or 5 activities that teach your child more about the artwork and the artist, and encourages your child to try their hand at using the techniques used by the artists. This is a great way to introduce modern art to young children.

Color with Leo

April 23rd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 23, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Color with Leo

(www.colorwithleo.com/index.php)

Age Range: 5-13 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

Join Leo and learn about the principles of art through lessons, coloring pages, interactive activities and games. Produced by Silva Animation Studio, Inc., this website was founded for “the sole purpose of creating a free, art based, website devoted to develop a child’s artistic instinct.”

There is a large variety of instruction available at this website. Select from the following in the upper menu:

  • Parents & Teachers – Choose from topical lessons about animals, elements and principles of art, seasonal lessons, creating sculptures, and “About Me” lessons.
  • Coloring pages – Printable coloring pages in categories that include “Best Friends”, “Famous Paintings”, “Portraits”, “Seasons & Holidays”, “Puzzles and Activities”, and “Shapes”
  • Art Studio – Interactive games designed to teach skills such as basic shapes, color mixing, online coloring, color matching, drawing and more
  • Games – Play more online games such as “Select the Shape”, “Paint Drip Catch”, “Does Not Belong”, “Complete the Shape”, “Painting Puzzles”, “Mayan Quest” and many more.

This is a bookmark-worthy website that visitors will come back to time after time.

A Tour of the Cell

March 15th, 2016

 

It’s Tuesday, March 15, 2016, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

A Tour of the Cell

(www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/biology/interactive.jsp)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Can you imagine how many millions of these tiny cells are inside of your body at this very moment? Amazing! This virtual tour of a cell from the National Science Foundation is very detailed and informative.

“Although the cell is the smallest unit of life, it is by no means simple.”

Thus begins this brief-but-fascinating exploration. The opening picture is a large, full-color image of a cell. To begin, click on any of the numbered parts of the cell as they float past you on the screen. A beautiful, detailed close-up image of that cell art will appear, along with one or two paragraphs of information about it. Parts featured include the cell membrane, DNA, RNA, endoplasmic reticulum, and mitochondria, among others.

Once you have viewed a part of the cell, you will see small numbers below the photo of that part. These numbers provide a convenient way to navigate through the site sequentially, if you prefer. If you click “Explore More,” you will go back to the main page.

Strathmore 100 Series Youth Project Ideas

March 12th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, March 12, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Strathmore 100 Series Youth Project Ideas

(www.strathmoreartist.com/100-series-project-gallery.html)

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

Choose from over 20 simple art projects found at this link from the Strathmore Artist Papers website.

Be inspired by activities such as: 

  • Pattern Cat – Black Chalk
  • Glue and Chalk Leaves
  • Dandelion Doodles
  • Henna Hands
  • Torn Paper Animal Collage
  • How to Make a Mola
  • Layered Paper Weaving
  • Textured Owl
  • Mixed Media Seahorse
  • “Wild Thing” Watercolor Monster
  • Winter Birch Trees
  • Shaded Cat
  • Abstract Self Portrait
  • Landscape with Hatching Shading
  • And much more

Each project includes a materials list, instructions, suggested age range, and an estimated time to complete the activity. Most of these projects are geared towards elementary aged students, but click on the Learning/Tools link in the upper menu and locate the Online Workshop Series link to find free online workshops that appear to be for older students and adults. You will need to create a free student account to access these workshops.

Or select the Strathmore YouTube Channel link to find a variety of videos covering topics including: 

  • Visual Journaling
  • Drawing
  • Watercolor Sketching
  • Card Making
  • Acrylic Painting
  • Printmaking
  • And more

Visitors won’t be disappointed spending some time checking out the different projects and information available on this website.

Online Art Dictionary

February 20th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 20, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ArtLex – Art Dictionary

(www.artlex.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This site provides an online art dictionary that defines words and terminology used in the world of art through text and by linking to photographs and pictures of artwork that helps to describe the term.

For example, look up “Folk Art” in the Artlex Dictionary. You will see a description that reads: 

Art made by people who have little or no formal schooling in art. Folk artists usually make works of art with traditional techniques and content, in styles handed down through many generations, and often of a particular region. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, metalwork, costume, tools, and other everyday objects may all be folk art.

There are italicized words within that definition that are links. Click on them and see pictures of the items being described for a clearer understanding of the terms.

The Artlex Dictionary is comprehensive. Some of the topics include: 

  • Abstract Art
  • Architecture
  • Art Deco
  • Baroque
  • Byzantine
  • Cartoon
  • Collage
  • Cubism
  • Egyptian Art
  • Expressionism
  • Futurism
  • Greek Art
  • Harlem Renaissance Art
  • Hindu Art
  • Impressionism
  • Islamic Art
  • Japanese Art
  • Numismatic Art
  • Pop Art
  • Realism
  • Renaissance Art
  • Roman Art
  • Stone Age Art
  • Surrealism
  • Tapestry
  • Tessellation
  • Video
  • Watercolor
  • Woodcut

and many, many more!

You can search by genre, painting title, artist, art word, etc., through the A-Z index, or check out their shortcut list of popular terms and concepts. You will also find links to many other art resources on the Internet at this site. The Artlex Dictionary provides a simple way to introduce art to your family by clicking through the various art genres – and it is a great research tool for the serious art student.

Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids

January 30th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 30, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids

(www.jerrysartarama.com/art-lessons/Skill-Level/Kids/index.html)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Part of the larger Jerry’s Artarama’s commercial website, today’s link provides over 65 video art lessons for middle to high school kids from the World of Art series.

Instruction includes lessons for: 

  • Making a vase from an old wine bottle
  • Drawing cartoons
  • Finger painting caterpillar
  • Painting a desert scene or a giraffe
  • Screen print leaves
  • New York City skyline diorama
  • Perspective instruction
  • Paper mach pie
  • Pattern study
  • Watercolor resist

Video lessons are presented by the following artists: 

  • Perry Milou
  • Bruce Blitz
  • Dan Nelson
  • Bob Ostrom
  • Tonya Hill
  • Lindsey Volins

After selecting and watching a lesson, click the “More” text link in the “Video Description and More. . .” section to find more lessons by the artist. Use the “Categories” link in the upper menu to find more advanced video lessons sorted by artist, medium, skill level, and subject.

Please note that the videos do include commercials for art products, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this website and reaping the benefits of the free lessons.

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