Archive for the ‘history’ category

100 Faces of War Experience

May 26th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 26, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

100 Faces of War Experience

(100facesofwarexperience.org/)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Memorial Day is right around the corner. This website provides a powerful representation of people who went to Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars between 2001 and 2014.

Artist, Matt Mitchell, spent nine years reaching out to Americans who were there and painted life-size head and shoulder portraits of them. Wanting to understand the complexity of war, asked that they provide a statement about what these wars meant to them on a personal level. There are ten posthumous portraits among the 100 Faces project where the families worked with the artist and provided the words to accompany the portrait. Five portraits are civilians who traveled to the war zones in non-military capacities.

Use the upper menu to navigate the website. Select the “Portrait Gallery” to see thumbnails of the oil paintings. Select a portrait thumbnail to see the painting, read the bio of the individual, and to read their statement. 

Please note that the statements have not been edited and some visitors may find them inappropriate for their children, so as always, be sure to review prior to allowing children to view this website.

The artist said it best. “There is no way to fully comprehend the American experience of these wars. Yet I hope this work provides a glimpse. It may provide a small snapshot of our moment in history.”

Art History Lessons

April 14th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 14, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Khan Academy – Art History

(www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This section of the larger Khan Academy website provides lessons for teaching art history.

Units are well-organized and laid out with lessons that include teaching texts, images, videos and much more. Some lessons include quizzes. 
 
Select your area of interest from the list on today’s page that includes: 

  • Art History Basics – Discover the basics of art tools, concepts, techniques and more.
  • Prehistoric Art in Europe and West Asia – Paleolithic and Neolithic art
  • Ancient Mediterranean –  art of Ancient Near East, Ancient Egypt, Aegean, Ancient Greece, Nabataean, Etruscan, Ancient Rome, Palmyra, and Judaism and Art
  • Medieval Europe and Byzantine – art of Early Christian, Byzantine, Early medieval, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, Gothic
  • Art of the Islamic World – art created in lands where Islam was the dominant religion
  • Europe 1300-1800 – Gothic art in Italy, Renaissance art and art of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation
  • Baroque to Neoclassical art in Europe – Baroque, Rococo and Neo-Classicism are covered.
  • Art of the Americas to World War 1 – Examine Latin American, Native North American, Mesoamerican art and more.
  • Art of 19th Century Europe – Learn about Romanticism, early photograph, Victorian art and architecture, Realism, Impressionism, Symbolism, Art Nouveau and more.
  • Modernisms 1900-1980 – Explore the world of 20th century art including Fauvism, Expressionism, figurative art, Pop art, Minimalism, Earthworks, architecture and more.
  • Global Contemporary Art – Lessons include Conceptional and Performance art as well as an overview of what is considered contemporary art.
  • Art of Asia – Discover the art of China, Korea, Japan, South Asia, Southeast Asian and the Himalayas.
  • Art of Oceania – Explore the world of Polynesian, Micronesian, and Melanesian art.
  • For Teachers – This section provides downloadable course syllabi.
  • Special topics in art history – 132 lessons are included in this section from the At Risk Cultural Education Series.

If you have an AP student, there is even an AP Art History course laid out. 


This is a very comprehensive resource that visitors will want to bookmark to come back to throughout all their art studies.

Archeology for Kids

March 6th, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, March 6, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Archeology for Kids

(www.nps.gov/history/archeology/public/kids/index.htm)

Age Range: 8-14 (Grades 3-8, with parental supervision)

 

At this website, sponsored by the National Park Service, kids can learn all about the science of archeology. Many national parks maintain dig sites where researchers and scientists find clues to the stories of the past. This site includes information about archeologists and the fields in which they specialize.

When you get to the site you’ll see a brief introduction and a menu below the big words “Archeology for Kids” that includes: 

  • Who Are Archeologists – Meet men and women who study fossil remains of humans, animals, marine life, and the geology of the earth through time.
  • How Do They Work – Find out how archeologists explore various dig sites. Learn about surveys, measuring, excavation, dating, recording, artifacts, and more.
  • The Archeology Lab – Learn what archeologists do in the lab including cataloging artifacts, preserving specimens, and more.
  • Try it! – Enjoy three different fun activities to learn what archeologists do and how they sift for clues that help explain the people and cultures of the past.
  • Dig Deeper – Get information on what it takes to have a career as an archeologist.

Explore an Online Art Gallery

March 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 3, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WikiArt

(www.wikiart.org/)

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

 

Browse through more than 150,000 works of art from over 2,500 artists with this online art gallery from WikiArt.

When arriving at today’s link the page will load the featured works of art. Click on the image to view a larger view. In the lower left-hand corner of the page find the “i” icon to see more information about the artwork. Select the “Today in History” link to find featured artists and examples of their work that were born or died on the date. Locate artwork or an artist using the search engine box or choose the “Artists” link in the upper menu to browse for artists alphabetically or by: 

  • Art movements
  • Schools and groups
  • Genres
  • Fields
  • Nationalities
  • Centuries
  • Art Institution
  • Chronology
  • Popular
  • Female Artists
  • Recently Added

Search for artwork by style, genre, media, recently added, popular, or random artwork by selecting the “Artworks” link. On the artist pages visitors will find general information and a brief biography as well as a list of art work. Create a free account to save images to a folder or add to your favorites.

This website is a wonderful resource for your art studies. As always, please be sure to review content to ensure it is appropriate for your family.

Valentine Cards Art Gallery

February 10th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, February 10, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

EmotionCards.com – Valentine’s Gallery

(www.emotionscards.com/museum/vals.html)

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

 

At this website you can explore the history of Valentine’s Day cards. It is a virtual gallery of Valentine’s Day cards through the ages.

When you get to the site there is a brief history of the Valentine’s Day greeting card, and then samples of valentines dating back to 1879. The small sample pictures are accompanied by a bit of text that describes the card, tells the date the card was produced, and reveals the message in the card. Click on each small valentine to see an enlarged photo showing all of the intricate details and patterns of the cards. Some are works of art – others are whimsical and funny. There are pages of Valentine’s Cards to look at – and because of the graphics it may take a minute to load each page. Your patience will be rewarded with a wonderful overview of Valentine’s greetings through the ages.

Free Science Units on Atoms & Molecules and Plants!

January 23rd, 2018

 

It’s Tuesday, January 23, 2018, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Funtastic Unit Studies

(funtasticunitstudies.com/lessons-and-activities/)

Age Range: 4-13 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website is provided by Susan Kilbride, a homeschool mom with a degree in biology, who has written some unit studies (available as e-books) on science and history. Designed with homeschoolers in mind, the unit studies are available for purchase on the site, but Susan also offers some free science lessons and activities (taken from the pages of her e-books)!

When you get to the site, scroll down the page under “Lessons and Activities” to access: 

  • Atoms and Molecules for ages 8-13 – Learn the definition of atom and molecule, print out a Periodic Table of Elements, do activities to enhance learning, and take a quiz to test what you’ve learned.
  • Plants for ages 4-8 – Learn the parts of a plant including seeds, roots, stem, and leaves. Enjoy activities to boost learning, and answer review questions.

Click on either link to open a pdf that contains the lesson (within the framework of the actual e-book). You’ll have to scroll about 1/3 down the page, past the “Table of Contents” to get to the lesson.
 
Once you’ve explored the Science freebies, check out some of the author’s free American History Activities that correspond to her books: 

  • The Pilgrim Adventure
  • The King Philip’s War Adventure
  • The Salem Adventure
  • The Civil War Adventure
  • and more.

Again, these free lessons and activities are excerpts from Susan Kilbride’s e-books that you can purchase via the website.

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