Archive for the ‘art’ category

Father’s Day Gifts Kids Can Make

June 16th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, June 16, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Activity Village – Father’s Day Crafts

(www.activityvillage.co.uk/fathers-day-crafts)

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

 

Father’s Day is tomorrow. If you need a last-minute gift that the kids can make for Dad, this website offers free, easy-to-make suggestions, instructions, and templates for gifts and cards that Dad will enjoy receiving.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of Father’s Day gift possibilities including: 

  • Craft Foam Photo Frame
  • Dad Photo Frame
  • Dad’s Dream Picture
  • Father’s Day Rosettes
  • Shirt And Tie Card
  • King Dad Crown
  • Loose Change Tray
  • Make A Can Cooler
  • Origami Business Card Holder
  • Photo Coaster

And more. Check out the entire crafting index to find more projects for the kids sorted by holiday, season, and type of activity.

Science with Goos, Doughs, Clays, & Compounds!

March 13th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 13, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100+ Goo Recipes

(web.archive.org/web/20050414073557/www.geocities.com/Heartland/3893/Goo.html)

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

 

One of the greatest ways to introduce kids to science is through experiments that involve mixing things together to create something new, interesting, odd, strange, weird and fun! 

There are no bells and whistles at this website, just a simple archive of over 100 recipes for concoctions like slime, play dough, silly putty, and more. (Sometimes, simplicity is so refreshing, isn’t it?) NOTE: Not all of the links work, but there are definitely enough recipes to keep your children busy.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of recipes divided into categories that include: 

  • Dough’s – Get recipes for play doughs made from flour, coffee, cornmeal, oatmeal, peanut butter, and more!
  • Clay, Goo & other Compounds – Make chocolate clay, clean mud, and the popular non-Newtonian solid using cornstarch and water. Make clay from dryer lint and Kool-Aid, make GAK (using borax and Elmer’s glue), get recipes for sand clay, silly putty, and slime!
  • Papier-mâché – Use dryer lint, strips of paper, and pastes of all textures to create imaginative designs.
  • Paints, Dyes and Crayons – Learn to make your soapy finger paint, and pudding paint. You’ll even find instructions for coloring rice and pasta.
  • Bubbles, Chalk , Stamps, Make-up – Get recipes for all kinds of bubble solutions, make sidewalk chalk, and create your own fruit-flavored stamps.
  • Art, Activities, Gifts – Make salt sculptures, preserve flowers, make ornaments and bath salts.

Click on any one to get the instructions. Then, your kids can mix potions (just like real chemists!) and make fun substances that they can use for open-ended play or to use in arts and crafts projects.

Explore the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

December 9th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, December 9, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

(art.famsf.org/)

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

 

Explore the art world with this website from the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

Browsing through the collections can be done in several ways. If the artist or piece name you are looking for is known, use the search box in the upper left sidebar. Or perhaps you would like to browse through collections based on what type it is. Select the appropriate option from the image menu on the page. Looking for something made during a specific time period? Choose from the 15th century through the 21st century. Studying a specific country? Find artwork made there. You can also see artwork based on its location in the museum.

Once you have opened a collection page window, artwork can be further filtered by: 

  • Artist
  • Country
  • Class
  • Century
  • Department

Select the image of the art to see a larger picture and to learn more about the piece as well as see any other available contemporaneous works.

As with any site, parents should always monitor their students’ use of this website as some artwork could be deemed unacceptable for family viewing.

Origami Art

November 18th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, November 18, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Origami Club

(en.origami-club.com/)

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

 

Origami is the art of folding paper into fun figures, interesting designs, and works of art. This ClickScholar-recommended site is one of the best origami sites we’ve seen. It was designed by graphic designer and artist, Fumiaki Shingu, as a way to share the magic of Japanese origami with people worldwide.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of origami possibilities that include folding paper into: 

  • Sea Creatures
  • Bugs
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Animals & Birds
  • Sweets & Food
  • Paper Air Planes
  • Holiday Decorations
  • Alphabet Letters
  • Numbers
  • Furniture
  • Clothes
  • Using Newspaper for Origami

And there is even a section of “Easy Origami” for beginners! Click on any one and a new screen opens with a selection of designs. Click on a design of interest, and a new page opens with complete instructions and animated illustrations that simplify the whole process. Anyone can learn the art of origami with the use of this website!

Free Lesson Plans for Artist Studies

October 28th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 28, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artists and Their Art: Sharing Visual Stories

(www.cuchicago.edu/artlessons)

Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)

 

Download art lesson plans from this website from Concordia University Chicago.

From the website: “Recognizing visual cues in a work of art as well as being aware of the times and conditions in which an artist lived enables students to better interpret its imagery, draw conclusions about its effectiveness, and speak critically about the art.” 

Lesson plans are broken down by grade level, with 10 plans for each level and each plan includes the following sections: 

  • About the Artist – brief biography of the artist
  • About the Art – and overview of artwork
  • Directed Observation – instructions for lesson plan implementation
  • Things to Do – projects and additional activities related to the artist or artwork
  • Discipline-Based Art Education – art concepts, elements of art, principles of design, composition, style, related literature and more

There are 80 different artists featured and, although they are grade-leveled, it appears that you could adjust the plans to fit any grade level.

This is a fabulous must-see resource for your art studies.

Art Projects for Older Kids

September 23rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 23, 2017, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

American Sign Language Video Dictionary

(www.signingsavvy.com/browse-letter)

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

 

This ad-supported website provides a free, interactive video dictionary with over 7,000 words and phrases that can be used as a resource for educators, students, or anyone interested in learning or improving American Sign Language (ASL) skills.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a “Browse by Letter” menu. Simply click on a letter, and a new page opens with a menu of words and phrases that begin with that letter. Click on the word or phrase, and a new page opens where you can watch a video of a person demonstrating how to sign that word. You’ll also find a written definition of the word.

There is a menu near the top of the page that allows you to look up: 

  • Fingerspelling
  • Numbers
  • Colors
  • Animals
  • U.S. States
  • World Geography
  • Baby Sign

As you explore the site, you’ll notice that additional information such as a full written description of how to make the sign, and a memory aid for the sign, and (in some cases) flash cards and other features are provided for members who can access the entire site ad-free. Look under the “About Us” section on the menu to find information on membership fees.

That said, you don’t have to purchase a thing to use the interactive video dictionary that serves as a fascinating introduction to sign language – and it’s a great way for those of you who know ASL to refresh your knowledge of signing various words.

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