Posts Tagged ‘art appreciation’

Free Art Guides for Families!

July 28th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, July 28, 2012, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

National Gallery of Art: Kids

Age Range: 6 and up (Designed for kids, and every member of the family.)

The National Art Gallery offers this fantastic website with activities to help kids and their families gain an appreciation for Fine Art. They are always adding terrific new content making it worth visiting again and again – so, bookmark it now. 

When you get to the site you will see featured art activities to do online. For example:

*Faces & Places – A two-part interactive exploration of American folk art. Kids can create portraits featuring a lively cast of characters and construct panoramic landscapes while listening to traditional folk music.

*BRUSHster – An interactive painting machine that lets you create and paint your own colorful abstract art.

*Interactive Dutch Dollhouse – Paintings by well-known 17th-century Dutch artists “spring to life as you mix and match colorful  characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist’s studio, and courtyard of this interactive Dutch Dollhouse.”

*Jungle – Inspired by the paintings of French artist Henri Rousseau, this activity lets you create an imaginary landscape. “Mix and match colorful characters, control the environment by changing weather and lighting conditions, or construct flowers, trees, and plants using special tools.”

DON’T MISS THE FREE FAMILY GUIDES!  You’ll find them about 1/2 way down the menu on the left side of the home page. These beautiful full color guides (pdf) can be downloaded and printed to provide fun art appreciation activities at home and include:

  • American Art
  • Dutch Art
  • Italian Art

You can also download back issues of the Inside Scoop that highlights special exhibitions at the NGA featuring various artists such as George Bellows, Jan Steen, and Pablo Picasso.

This is a remarkable FREE resource that allows you to indulge your artistic curiosity and creativity!

 

Free Language Arts “Audio School”

March 28th, 2012

Hi! It’s Wednesday, March 28, 2012 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
My Audio School
 
Age Range:  All (with parental supervision)

This commercial website, founded by a homeschool parent, offers educational audio content such as classic books, old-time radio theater, historical radio and television broadcasts, and video clips on a variety of school subjects such as Ancient History, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the American Revolution, etc.

While 80% of the content is available for an annual fee of $14.99, 20% of the content is “unblocked” and available absolutely FREE, which is why we’re featuring it on ClickSchooling. Much of the free content focuses on Language Arts.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page to see a menu of the free titles that include:

  • A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Cat of Bubastes by G.A. Henty
  • Lord Byron, Selected Poems
  • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
  • Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
  • Aladdin and the Magic Lamp
  • In Flanders Field By John McCrae

You’ll also find more free poetry selections, a variety of art appreciation videos, videos that teach kids about bird watching, and even John F. Kennedy’s Moon Speech.

Most of the titles also come with links to curriculum (available for sale on CurrClick.com), as a way to enhance learning.

Again, you don’t need to purchase a thing to access the free or “unblocked” titles.

 

Fun Art Appreciation Interactives for Kids!

October 22nd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, October 22, 2011, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Alien Adventures

Age Range: 7-12

This website, brought to you by the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery in the United Kingdom, offers six, fun, art appreciation and art history interactives for kids. The premise is engaging as cute, friendly cartoon space aliens express their fascination with earth art by offering these activities:

  • Create a Masterpiece – Add the symbolic touches to an unfinished art piece, then find out what you just said about the person being portrayed. You can try again and again until you get the message just right.
  • Learning About Landscapes – Adjust the focal point, horizon line, and shading of paintings to see how they change. Then select from the elements provided to create your own masterpiece.
  • Message in a Portrait – Find the symbols in portraits and learn how to decode the hidden message.
  • Signs and Symbols – Click on each symbol to learn what it means. Then try your hand at interpreting four paintings in multiple-choice quizzes.
  • Curator Collection Game – Move the boxes left and right to sort the falling artifacts by time period. (This one is tricky, but if you make a mistake the object goes back to the shelf and falls again, so you can’t really lose; try to improve your speed each time you play.)
  • Extraordinary Earth – Spin the globe; click on all the hotspots (blue dots) to see artwork from each location and a short description about each one.

Note: Watch for the “Back to Spaceship” icon at the upper right corner of the screen to try a different activity. Also be sure to pay attention to the little scroll up/down arrows which sometimes appear to the right of the text.

When you are finished, you can browse around the links at the bottom of the page, but those links have not been previewed, so you’re on your own.

 

Free, Fun, Art Appreciation Lessons for K-12

September 10th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, September 10, 2011 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: The Walters Art Museum: Integrating the Arts

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12 with emphasis on Middle School; parental supervision advised.)

ClickScholar Meike of New Zealand suggested this website that offers online art exhibits and free interactive art appreciation activities and lessons for students in grades K-12.

The website is the online companion to The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.  You’ll find virtual exhibits that feature a collection of art that was amassed by two men, William and Henry Walters. The collection includes a sampling of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to 20th-century Europe including Greek sculpture, medieval Old Master paintings, Art Deco jewelry,
and 19th-century European and American masterpieces.

When you get to the “Integrating the Arts” page, you’ll find two, free, multi-media activities that use visual arts to teach concepts of social studies, science, language arts, and math.

They include:

1) Mummies, Manuscripts, and Madonnas – Assemble a life-sized version of a Roman sarcophagus, create a suit of armor, and restore an ancient Mesopotamian relief back to its original color!

2) China – Trace the evolution of Chinese writing, follow a red dragon through an ancient tale, and learn about Chinese symbolism.

Don’t Miss the “Lesson Plans” – Access an array of FREE art appreciation lesson plans for grade K-12 that cover topics such as:

  • Ancient World Storytelling
  • Egyptian Symbols
  • Interpretations of the Golden Rule
  • Personal Coat of Arms
  • Warhol Stained Glass
  • Clay Stories
  • Perspective on Pavimenti
  • Monsters
  • ~And Much More!

You can download a pdf with complete lesson instructions, links to the artwork discussed in the lesson (available on The Walters Art Museum website) and ideas for extension activities and further learning.

BONUS! This site also offer a fun interactive, multi-media adventure for kids called Waltee’s Quest: The Case of the Lost Art. Kids will have fun learning all about works of art while
trying to solve a mystery! 

Art Appreciation Activities for Kids

May 14th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, May 14, 2011 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
SmART Kids

Age Range: 7-12 (with parental guidance)

This website was created by the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago to help kids “look at, think about, and respond creatively to art” through structured and open-ended art activities.

When you get to the site you’ll watch a brief introduction and then see four animated children. Place your cursor over them to find out what activities they will guide you to that include:

  • Artist Studio – Virtually visit an artist’s studio – meet the artist, look at their artwork, and watch the artist at work.
  • Look & Share – Learn about photographs, explore sculpture and pottery, see an oil painting demo, and more.
  • Art Detective – In this game you read clues to figure out the correct titles of various artworks.
  • Art Speak – This glossary explains art terminology that is used throughout the SmART Kids presentation.

You can also click on “Artwork of the Month” to learn about a particular piece of art and access the archives of other featured works too.

 

Art Appreciation Activities for Kids

April 2nd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 2, 2011 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
SmART Kids

Age Range: 7-12 (with parental guidance)

This website was created by the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and provides both structured and open-ended art activities to help kids “look at, think about, and respond creatively to art.”

When you get to the site you’ll watch a brief introduction and then see four animated children. Place your cursor over them to find out what activities they will guide you to that include:

*Look & Share – Learn about photographs, explore sculpture and pottery, see an oil painting demo, and more.

*Art Detective – In this game you read clues to figure out the correct titles of various artworks.

*Artist Studio – Virtually visit an artist’s studio – meet the artist, look at their artwork, and watch the artist at work.

*Art Speak – This glossary explains art terminology that is used throughout the SmART Kids presentation.

You can also click on “Artwork of the Month” to learn about a particular piece of art and access the archives of other featured works too.

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