Archive for the ‘art’ category

Windmill & Whirligig Art & Science

July 15th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, July 15, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

From Windmills to Whirligigs

(www.smm.org/sln/vollis/index/frontvollis.html)

Age Range: 7-13 (Grades 2-8, with parental supervision)

 

The Science Museum of Minnesota offers this website that is a wonderful mix of whimsy, science, and art through an exploration of windmills and whirligigs.

You can see some amazing pictures of wind-driven artistic creations, hear what they sound like, watch movies of some of them in action, and get instructions for how to make your own!

When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Meet Vollis – Vollis Simpson has devoted a lifetime to making some of the most spectacular windmills and whirligigs you’ve ever seen. Take a photo album tour of his home and workshop and watch movies of his works of art in motion!
  • Visit The Yard – Take a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm where you can see some gigantic wind-driven sculptures.
  • Follow A Whirlwind Tour – This is a comic-strip account of a tour of Vollis Simpson’s whirligig farm. (In our opinion, the real photos & movies are much better. This is sort of the result of a school-like activity to document what visitors experienced when they visited Simpson’s farm.)
  • Make Connections – Here’s where you’ll find a menu of links to other resources that extend learning about wind-driven devices and other stuff as well. Be sure to click on Beer Can Whirligig for instructions on how to make a simple whirligig out of beer or soda cans. Hmmm… perhaps you can make some whirligig gifts in time for Christmas!
  • Try These – Find an assortment of activities to do and things to make – from pinwheels to pop bottle whirlers to motion machines. You’ll also find reading recommendations themed around windmills and whirligigs.

This site offers lots of fun ways to learn how to harness wind power through artistic and whimsical devices. Great fun!

Art Lessons from the Denver Art Museum

June 24th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 24, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Denver Art Museum – Creativity Resources

(denverartmuseum.org/teacher-resources)

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

 

Discover hundreds of lessons plans at this section of the larger Denver Art Museum website.

Use the left-hand sidebar menu to search for lessons based on age, resource type, period, 21st century skills, and Colorado Standards. Each lesson includes: 

  • Lesson – information needed for the lesson including intended age group, length of lesson, standards and objectives, instructions, and information about the artwork presented
  • Materials needed
  • Standards – both Colorado and 21st Century Skills
  • Related – addition similar available lesson plans

Use the search box to better refine your search when looking for a specific art medium or artist to see if there are any plans available. Some plans include downloadable supplements, links to related information, and links to recommended books. In the Resource Type menu, there is a link for videos that include artist interviews and discussions about specific art pieces.

Visitors will want to set aside some time to browse through these lessons to find just the right one(s) to fit their needs. This website will provide a great addition to your bookmarked sites for your art studies.

Infrared Astronomy

June 20th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, June 20, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Cool Cosmos: Infrared

(coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/)

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

 

Here is another portion of the Cool Cosmos website reviewed last week. At this website, IPAC at Caltech has taken the science of infrared astronomy and made it accessible to students of all ages through a variety of free educational activities, web-tutorials, lessons, videos, experiments and resources that explain the infrared universe.

When you get to the website, you’ll see some features that include: 

  • Infrared World – Find out the role of infrared light in Veterinary Science, Geology, Art, Firefighting, Search and Rescue, Environmental Monitoring, Archaeology and more!
  • Infrared Universe – Discover how infrared light helps scientists explore the solar system, the Milky Way and other galaxies.
  • Infrared Missions and Surveys – Indulge in infrared astronomy through an array of images from telescopes worldwide. You can also explore a gallery of infrared images and check out a timeline on infrared technology.

FREE LESSONS: Be sure to click on “Teachers” on the menu to find free infrared lesson plans, printables, research, resources, and more!

Through this website, you’ll discover that “to study the cool cosmos, infrared light is our window into the heat of the coolest things around.”

See the Art of Science

April 22nd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, April 22, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art of Science

(www.princeton.edu/artofscience/gallery/)

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

 

This is the most amazing “art gallery” – all of the images were produced by Princeton University in the course of science research. It offers a stunningly beautiful cross-section of art and science. The images were submitted for the First Annual Art of Science Competition at Princeton and you can view some of the submissions and the winners at today’s site.

When you get to the site you will see the first of three pages of images in the gallery. You’ll see photographs and microscopic images of wonders that include the Cygnus Nebula to individually marked ants used in a research study to virus-cell interactions. Click on the links at the bottom of the page to access additional years’ entries.

Whether black and white or drenched in neon colors these images are fascinating to behold.

The Science of Cooking

April 4th, 2017

 

It’s Tuesday, April 4, 2017, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Accidental Scientist – Science of Cooking

(www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/)

Age Range: 6-16 (Grades 1-10, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, offers free lessons, activities, virtual field trips and access to webcasts that explain the science of food.

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured items and a menu selection that includes: 

  • Eggs – Turn your kitchen into a lab and learn the scientific processes that occur when you cook eggs.
  • Pickles – Discover the ancient culinary craft of preserving foods in salt brine and vinegar and how it manipulates microbes in foods.
  • Candy – Get up close and personal with a sucrose molecule and discover how different types of candy are made.
  • Bread – Take “Bread Science 101” that includes a microscopic tour of the staff of life.
  • Seasonings – Explore your senses through the world of spices.
  • Meat – Learn about fat, proteins, and collagen – and the molecular art of grilling.

This is the ultimate kitchen-science excursion – and fun for the whole family!

Make Paper Toys

March 11th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, March 11, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Paper Toys

(www.papertoys.com/)

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

 

This website provides free patterns that you can print, cut, fold and glue to make dozens of paper toys including architectural wonders, cars, animals, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the many patterns available including: 

  • Apache Helicopter
  • Bill Gate’s House
  • Bruce Lee Paper Doll
  • Dale Earnhardt NASCAR #3
  • Eiffel Tower
  • Great Pyramid
  • Jimi Hendrix Guitar
  • Party Hat
  • Queen’s Crown
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex

Click on any one and a new page opens with the pattern to print along with instructions on how to assemble it.

BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! From the menu on the left side of the home page, under the advertisement, download the free e-book “22 FUN Activities for Kids.” This well-designed e-book includes colorful illustrations and instructions that your kids will love including: 

  • Build A Tent City
  • Make Scratch Pictures
  • Make Soap Sculptures
  • Make Pinecone People
  • Make Water Globes
  • Make A Sock Puppet
  • Make A Friendship Bracelet

…and many more!

These are great indoor activities for bad weather days – plus, many of the projects make great gifts! Have fun!

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