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Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids

January 30th, 2016


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


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Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids


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.

Discover Aminah’s World

December 19th, 2015


It’s Saturday, December 19, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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Aminah’s World


Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)


Discover the works of artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson at this website from the Columbus Museum of Art. Aminah’s unique art form of “combining traditional art materials with found objects and everyday materials” inspires visitors to explore new ways to create art.

Using the image map on the home page, select where you would like to begin: 

  • Meet – Explore a timeline of Aminah’s life, meet the artist and see her home studio by watching videos.
  • See – See some of the artist’s work through images often accompanied with audios narrated by the artist.
  • Understand – Learn about the special techniques the artist uses to create her artwork, also narrated by the artist.
  • Teach – Find downloadable lesson plans and other resources that not only further an understanding of the artist’s work but also “encourage students to research, document, and honor their own ancestors, families, and communities and those that are different from their own”.
  • Share – Read what others have to say about Aminah’s work and more.
  • Create your own artwork – Use the interactive application to create your own artwork in Aminah’s style and save to the online gallery or print for your own home gallery.

Visitors can also see where to go to see Animah’s work and images from her 70th birthday party. This website is sure to get your student exploring their own creativity using what they find around them.

Fire Hydrant Art

November 7th, 2015


It’s Saturday, November 7, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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The Great Chicago Fire Hydrants


Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)


Art comes in many forms, and at this website the art is in the form of fire hydrants. This unique collection of 101 fiberglass hydrants (representing the 101 Chicago fire houses), was a 2013 fund raising project for the 100 Club of Chicago and families of fallen firefighters.

On the home page of this website, read about the project and watch a brief video presentation to learn more. Then, use the “Gallery” link at the top of the page to view the collection. When hovering over the image, the artwork name and information about the sponsor and the artist is revealed. Click the “see more” to see more images of the hydrant. Click on those images to see larger views. (Please note that a few of the hydrants have a business advertisement or an alcohol theme, so as always, parents please preview this website to determine its fit for your family.)

When you are done browsing the gallery, select the “Artists” link to discover that the artists range in age from 12 to 87 years old and come from all skill levels.

While this fundraiser may be over, the art will live on as a tribute to the firefighters and serve as an inspiration to others to see the artistic avenues that are around them.

Colors for Your Little Artist

September 2nd, 2015


It’s Saturday, July 25, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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The Little Artist (


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


This website offers a terrific introduction to understanding colors in art for young artists in the early elementary grades.
When you get to the site you will see 9 bears of different colors including, blue, red, yellow, orange, purple, green, black, brown and white. Click on any one, and a new screen appears that tells you: 
  • If the color is a primary or secondary color.
  • What happens when you mix that color with another color.
  • The name of several things that are associated with that color.
  • The opposite color on the color wheel.
  • and more!
When you are through learning about the different colors click on “Free Stuff” on the menu at the bottom of the screen. A new page opens with free coloring and painting pages that you can print out. You will also want to click on “Color Wheel” for some good information on what a color wheel is – and instructions on how to make your very own color wheel.

Drawing Lessons from Toad Hollow Studio

April 11th, 2015


It’s Saturday, April 11, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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Toad Hollow Studio


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


This website created by Carol Rosinski, author of Drawing Made Easy: Getting Started, features loads of drawing tutorials. In addition to a few drawing videos and other demonstrations, exercises and tips scattered throughout the website, lessons are available at three levels.
In the Beginning lessons, the author explains some of the following techniques: 
  • From 2D Design To 3D Shape
  • How To Draw A Cat In Four Steps (more or less)
  • Texture Hatching Technique
  • Blind Contour Drawing
  • Draw A Teddy Bear
  • How To Draw Simple Flowers
  • Shading Basics
The intermediate lessons cover the following: 
  • Mindless Drawing
  • Organic Form Gradation
  • Key – What It Is, Why It Matters To Your Drawings, And How To Change It
  • Creating Three Dimensional Form with Value
  • How to Draw a Scallop Shell
  • How to Draw a Shiny Ornament
  • How to Draw a Rose
  • Advanced Shading
The current advance lessons include: 
  • Drawing Texture Technique on Queen Anne’s Lace
  • How to Draw a Horse
  • Sketch a Yarn Ball
Visitors will enjoy the personal style of the lessons and come away with newfound knowledge of pencil drawing techniques.

Hundreds of Art Lessons from That Artist Woman

February 28th, 2015


It’s Saturday, February 28, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


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That Artist Woman


Age Range: All (All grades, children with parental supervision)


This blog from Canadian mom and artist Gail Bartel is a treasure trove of art lessons for children of all ages.
When arriving at her home page, you will find her most recent entries, but if you are looking for specific lessons or projects, use her navigation menu above her posts. Select from: 
  • 3D Sculptural
  • Paint & Paper
  • Textiles
  • Mixed media
  • Art Elements
  • Summer Projects
  • Fall Projects
  • Winter Projects
  • Spring Projects
  • Book/Product Reviews
  • Writing and Visual Arts Projects
Lessons not only include material lists and instructions but also include lots of images of the project not only made by Mrs. Bartel, but also from some of her students (she volunteers at schools) and her own children. Each entry includes a brief commentary from “That Artist Woman” adding personality and pleasantness to every post. In addition to the hundreds of already posted lessons, visitors can subscribe to have the newest posts show up in their RSS feeds or delivered to their email in-box so as to not miss out on anything.