Archive for the ‘art’ category

Free Art and Design Lessons

May 18th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 18, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artyfactory

(artyfactory.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website includes step-by-step, how-to art lessons. It also offers art appreciation tutorials on topics like “Still Life” or “Animals in Art” or broader “Art Movements.”

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Art Lessons
  • Art Appreciation
  • Design Lessons

Little ones can’t interact with Artyfactory on their own. The content and writing are at an advanced level. (In fact, it is suspect most of the content doubles as MacTaggart’s college course material.) But there’s tremendous potential here for a creative homeschooler as follows: 

  • Use it directly as reading or coursework for a high school student.
  • Adapt the lessons for younger pupils. The “Pencil Shading” exercises, for example, found under “Pencil Portraits” in the Art Lessons section, would be a fun challenge. The “How to Draw Animals” lessons might work with a talented middle school student, too, but these are no Ed Emberley thumbprints: they require a good eye and a controlled hand.
  • Fill in holes in your own knowledge. After spending some time on this site you’ll be able to introduce your children to Expressionism paintings and more next time you visit a museum.

There’s a wealth of information here: color theory (both technical stuff like the color wheel and the emotional impact of colors in painting), a thorough overview of African masks and Egyptian hieroglyphs, shading techniques in pen and ink, etc.

NOTE: As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.

Pavement Drawings and Sidewalk Chalk!

April 6th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 6, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pavement Drawings – 3D Illusions

(www.julianbeever.net/index.php/phoca-gallery-3d)

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

 

This website features the work of sidewalk art master Julian Beever. If you have kids who like to draw on the sidewalk (or if you enjoyed it yourself as a child) – don’t miss this website! It takes sidewalk art to a whole new level.

When you get to the site you’ll see small thumbnail renderings of the 3D pavement drawings. There are over seventy-five 3D illusions to amaze and amuse you. You can also see some of the artist’s self-portraits (under “Miscellaneous”) – that appear to be reflections on a concrete canvas. 

This is a delightful exhibit – sure to inspire the sidewalk artists in your family. If it does, then don’t miss this recipe for how to make your own sidewalk chalk.

Learn more about cells

March 19th, 2019

 

It’s Tuesday, March 19, 2019, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Biology – 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 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 and 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
  • mitochondria

and more.

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.

Art from the National Museum of Wildlife

March 16th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 16, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Museum of Wildlife

(www.wildlifeart.org/art/exhibits/)

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

 

View the amazing artwork featuring wildlife at this museum.

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Current Exhibits
  • Upcoming Exhibits
  • Past Exhibits
  • Long-Term Exhibits

Click on any piece of artwork and a new screen opens with a photo of the artwork and detailed information about the painting and the artist.

When you are through exploring the art exhibits, scroll over the word ‘Learn’ to find ‘Online Programs’ in the ‘Teacher Resources‘ section. There are lesson plans and more.

Holiday Crafts for Kids!

December 22nd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 22, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Christmas and Winter Crafts for Kids

(www.craftideas.info/html/k-winter.html)

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

 

This ad-supported, mega-crafts website provides lots of step-by-step instructions for easy Christmas and winter crafts designed to help parents and children spend some creative quality time together.

For many of these projects you only need paper, scissors, glue, and crayons or markers. When you get to the site, you’ll see some “Google Ads” listed at the top of the page. Below them you’ll find an extensive menu of crafts (interspersed with more Google ads) that your kids are sure to enjoy making for the holiday and winter season including: 

  • Paper Gingerbread Man
  • Candy Cane Paper Ornament
  • Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
  • Easy Orange Pomanders
  • Pom-Pom Santa Claus
  • Beaded Tree Ornaments
  • Chenille Snowflakes

Click on any one for a list of materials, full instructions, and free printable craft patterns. As the website suggests, make some hot cocoa, put on some holiday tunes and enjoy a couple of afternoons helping your kids create wonderful holiday craft projects that make great decorations and gifts!
 
When you’re through exploring the kids section at this site, use the menu to find free craft patterns and tutorials for every season and for every age and ability.

Fabulous Printable Paper Crafts

December 1st, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, December 1, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Creative Park

(cp.c-ij.com/en/index.html)

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

 

The Canon company (that sells all kinds of printing resources) sponsors this website that provides a massive online collection of fun paper arts and craft materials that can be downloaded for free to make your own original artistic creations. There is something for everyone here, suitable for a wide variety of age ranges.


When you get to the website, you’ll see the featured creations that you can make at home, along with a menu that includes: 

  • Card – Download printable birthday and gift cards, as well as gift boxes and stationery.
  • Paper Craft – Get downloadable materials and instructions for making 3-D models – from animals to architectural wonders.
  • Home and Living – Make holiday and celebratory decorations, ornaments, boxes and much more as well as designer paper bags and fans.
  • Scrapbook – Create your own photo or memory album – or homeschool yearbook! Get materials suited to various seasons and events and add your photos and captions.
  • Art – Explore the amazing art possibilities of paper including 3D Decoupage, Paper Reliefs, Origami, Chiyogami, 3D Paper Mosaic, Frames, and more!
  • Calendars – Make original craft-type, photo-frame, countdown, perpetual, Advent calendars and more at any time of year with these free materials and instructions.

Bookmark this one – it’s a great resource for creative and educational projects of all kinds.

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