Archive for the ‘art’ category

Explore Van Gogh Masterpieces

August 23rd, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 26, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Gallery of Art – Van Gogh Masterpieces

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

 

At this site, visitors are treated to a fabulous tour of some of the best works of Vincent Van Gogh. Using Van Gogh’s Masterpieces and interesting text, the visitor is introduced to Van Gogh’s early works, his various “periods” in Paris, Arles, and Saint-Rémy and his self-portraits. Periods include:
  • Introduction – Early Works
  • The Potato Eaters
  • Holland to Paris
  • Self-Portraits
  • Paris
  • Japanese Influence
  • Arles
  • The Yellow House
  • Saint-Rémy
  • Auvers-sur-Oise

When you get to the site, two screens will appear. The one on the left displays the text that you can follow to take the tour; the one on the right shows a floor plan of the museum that you can click on to visit whatever room that you want (each features different Van Gogh artwork). Sticking with the tour will give you a better context as each section progresses from the early works to the various periods in Van Gogh’s creations. Either way, you will be treated to some fabulous art, along with insightful commentary on the works – and the artist!

Saturday: Incredible Art Lessons for All Ages

August 9th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, August 9, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Incredible Art Department

 

Age Range: 2-18 (Grades PreK-12, with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website is a gold mine of art lesson plans for students of all ages. Originally created in 1994 as a place for teacher Ken Rohrer to exhibit his students’ work, this website has evolved over the past 20 years into a go-to resource for art instruction. 
When arriving at the link above, look to the right hand side bar to select the grade level for which you are looking for lessons. Searching lessons can be further broken down by:
  • Grade Level
  • Medium
  • Subject
  • Art Period
  • Artist
  • Integration

Many of the lessons have images but those from the early days of the website when scanners or digital cameras were not in use may not have images. Most of the lessons are similarly presented starting with a description, standards met, resources and materials needed, objective, and instructions. Many include downloadable accompanying print outs and links to other needed resources as well as rubric information for assessment of projects.

Because there are hundreds of lessons to choose from that have been submitted by teachers across the country and new lessons are continually being added, you will certainly want to bookmark this site to come back time and again for inspiration for your art studies.

Free Wildflower Coloring Books

July 12th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, July 12, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Celebrating Wildflowers Coloring Books

 

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

 

This website encourages appreciation for the beauty of wildflowers of the Northwest and Texas Hill Country by providing information about a stunning array of wildflowers and illustrations that you can print and color. Don’t let the area-specific titles fool you – many of these flowers grow in other regions as well.

When you get to the site, you will see a short introduction and a menu below it. Click on either Northwest or Texas Hill Coloring Book. A new page opens with a new menu that offers:

  • An index of flowers by scientific name
  • An index of flowers by common name
  • A gallery of coloring pages completed and submitted by website visitors
  • Biography of the illustrator of the wildflower coloring pages
  • and other educational info about wildflowers

The simple way to access the flowers you want to color is to click on the “Common Names Index.” A new page opens with a list of common names of wildflowers. Find the one you are interested in, click on it, and a new page opens with a thumbnail picture of the flower along with a link to the printable coloring page and a color guide for that flower.

When you are through exploring the coloring pages, go back to the home page. It contains links to other botanical coloring books online, resources about wildflowers for teachers, and best of all – a directory of wildflower events taking place throughout the U.S. and Canada. Just click on “On-line Wildflower Events Directory” and a new page opens with a map of the U.S. Click on any state for a directory of wildflower tours and walks. (Note: The word Canada is above the map. Click on it to find events taking place in Canada.)

Enter the World of Jan Brett

June 21st, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, June 21, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

The World of Jan Brett

 

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

 

Visit the world of American illustrator and writer of children’s picture books, Jan Brett. At this website, visitors will find a treasure trove of activities for hours of fun. In addition to loads of educational activity pages to print out, there are tons of printable coloring pages, fun games to play online or print out, and cards to either email or print. One of the highlights of this website are the video art lessons. Join Ms. Brett as she teaches visitors to draw some of the characters from her books such as:
  • Cinders – A Chicken Cinderella
  • Mossy -An Eastern Box Turtle
  • A dolphin
  • A chick
  • A moose
  • A hedgehog
  • A creature of the deep
  • A giraffe
  • A bear
  • A Dassie
  • An elephant
  • Dots and Stripes – Two African Animals
  • A bunny
  • Gingerbread Baby, Friends and Peppermint Puppy
  • Horses
  • African Okapi
  • A lion
  • A rhinoceros
  • A polar bear
  • A stork
  • A Siberian Husky
  • A viper fish
  • A train
  • A whale

And much more. You will want to bookmark this website and come back often to enjoy all that is available here.

Art through Coloring Online

May 31st, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, May 31, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Coloring.com

 

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

 

The kids are going to love this! When you get to this site click on the “start coloring” link. (Note: you do not have to register to use the site.) It will take you to a page filled with over 100 possible choices of pictures to color. There are: 

  • Animals
  • Trucks
  • Planets
  • Clowns
  • Sports characters
  • holiday pictures
  • and much, much more!

 

Click on the name of the picture you want to color and another screen pops up containing a black and white drawing. Next to the drawing is a palette of colors. Click on a color and then click on the section of the drawing you want to color. It automatically fills it in with the color you selected. When you are through coloring, you can print out your creation, email it to a friend, save it, or choose another picture to color.

 

This is a great resource for rainy day projects, holiday decorations, and just plain old fun using the computer.

Easy Drawing Tutorials

May 10th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, May 10, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Easy Drawing Tutorials

 

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

 

This ad-supported website is a treasure trove of drawing lessons for all of your favorite characters. Each lesson includes a video and step-by-step illustrated instructions. There are hundreds of alphabetized choices of characters from:

  • Disney
  • Nintendo
  • Looney Tunes
  • Sesame Street
  • Marvel Comics
  • The Simpsons
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Hello Kitty
  • Star Wars
  • SpongeBob
  • Comic Strips
  • Pokemon
  • Sega
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!
  • Kingdom Hearts
  • Anime
  • Angry Birds
  • DC Comics
  • and many more!

 New tutorials are uploaded every Sunday, so this is an ever-growing collection of drawing instruction. Cartoon lovers and artists of all ages will want to come back again and again to check out what’s new.

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