Posts Tagged ‘art history’

Interactive Art Activities

May 5th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, May 5, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NGAkids Art Zone

(www.nga.gov/education/kids.html)

Age Range: 5-12 (Grades K-8, with parental supervision)

 

The National Gallery of Art’s website for kids offers free interactive art projects that inspire creativity while providing engaging lessons in art and art history.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of possibilities that includes: 

  • Faces & Places – This exploration of American folk art, uses the NGA art collection for inspiration. Kids create portraits and construct panoramic landscapes that include folk music and animations.
  • Brushster – Make your own abstract art! Experiment with tools to create sophisticated non-representational paintings.
  • Photo Op – Get familiar with digital photography and image editing. As explained at the website, “Use the virtual camera to snap pictures, then experiment with the easy-to-use photo editing tools to give your art a whole new look. The special effects palette, colorizing options, collage tools, warps, and mirrors will transform your photographs.”
  • Still Life – Mix everyday objects with those borrowed from art in the NGA collection to create your own still life masterpiece.
  • Dutch Doll House – Explore an interactive doll house based on the paintings of well-known 17th-century Dutch artists. Kids can “mix and match colorful characters, create decorative objects, and explore the kitchen, living quarters, artist’s studio, and courtyard.”
  • Jungle – Inspired by the art of Henri Rousseau, this activity allows kids to make a jungle scene filled with tigers, monkeys, and other exotic creatures.
  • And much more.

Use the “Paintbox” option to make a mini-painting online, try out the “Collage Machine,” or use the latest “Flow” tech-tools to create artwork that moves.

Don’t miss the “3-D Twirler” to design three-dimensional, moving geometric shapes, and be sure to try “Pixelface,” an interactive portrait maker.

BONUS! These activities can be downloaded to your computer for use offline or find the NGAkids App for iPad.

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.

[ClickSchooling] KidsArt.com – Top Ten Art Lists

October 7th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 7, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

KidsArt.com – Top Ten Art Lists

(kidsart.com/free-resources/top-ten-art-lists/)

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

 

The KidsArt.com website has added a fun, new feature called “Top Ten Art.”

Essentially, they have assembled art-themed lists for kids to explore such as:

  • Top Ten Tips & Tricks with Watercolor Paints
  • Top Ten Online Art Museums for Kids
  • Top Ten Things to Use for a Monster Costume
  • Top Ten Periods in Western Art History
  • Top Ten Music for Abstract Art
  • Top Ten Things to Remember when you Teach Art
  • Top Ten Coupons for Kids to Give to their Parents
  • Top Ten Things to Collect for Collage Art
  • Top Ten Favorite American Artists for Kids to Know

These lists contain brief information, others have activity ideas, and some offer links to more info. New lists are featured periodically on the site. The old lists are archived for easy access.

You can easily get creative with the simpler lists and use them to springboard a study of some aspect of art. For example, find items on the Top Ten Things to Collect for Collage and create a collage incorporating all those items, or go on a Web-Quest to find examples of the artwork of the Top Ten Favorite American Artists.

You’ll have great fun trying some of the suggested activities on the other lists – such as the currently featured Top Ten Tricks & Tips with Watercolor Paints.

Bookmark this site so you can return from time to time to check out the latest Top Ten Art List.

Visit the Web Gallery of Art

September 15th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, September 15, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Web Gallery of Art

(www.wga.hu/index.html)

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

 

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850). It contains over 14,500 reproductions. Artist biographies, pictures of the artwork, commentaries on the artwork, and (best of all) virtual guided tours are available at this site.

This site is so remarkably comprehensive that when you select a particular tour – say, the “Overview of Italian Artists” – a screen pops up with a map of Italy asking you to pick the region of Italy that produced the “school” of artists whose work you would like to see. Once you choose the region, another screen pops up with a description of the school of art that was popular there, and a list of artists. Choose an artist, and a screen appears that shows their artwork, along with a biography of the artist and commentary on their artwork. There are currently 15 tours available at the site – including a tour of the Sistine Chapel.

If you don’t want to tour, you can search for the artwork you want to see by artist, artwork title, region, etc. The index and cross-references are well-designed to help you locate the art you want to see. In addition, you can explore the site in a “duality” mode – viewing 2 pieces of artwork at once to contrast and compare!

Another great aspect of this site is that is has a Free postcard service. Do you see a picture that you think your friend would enjoy? Then select the postcard button and it will be sent to your friend in the form of an electronic postcard instantly!

Oh, don’t forget to choose from among the selections of classical music you can listen to as you explore this site. They really have thought of everything to make your visit to the Web Gallery of Art enjoyable.

Visiting this site regularly would be like taking a college-level art history course. The text, paintings, sculptures, and history will provide continuous enjoyment for the whole family.

Art History Resources

August 26th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, August 26, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art History Resources

(arthistoryresources.net/ARTHLinks.html)

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

 

A professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College developed and maintains this website that is an AMAZING resource for exploring artwork in all of its mediums, by all cultures, throughout time.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that divides the artwork into eras, specific countries and cultures, and certain mediums including: 

  • Prehistoric Art
  • Mesopotamian Art
  • Egyptian Art
  • Greek Art
  • Roman Art
  • Art in Late Antiquity
  • Art in Early Europe
  • Islamic Art
  • Early Medieval Art
  • Gothic Art
  • Renaissance Art in Italy
  • Renaissance Art in Europe
  • Baroque Art
  • 18th Century Art
  • 19th Century Art
  • 20th Century Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Asian Art
  • African Art
  • Americas & Oceania Art
  • Prints & Photographs

There is even a directory of art museums by country!

Simply click on a link of interest, and discover text and photographs that show and explain the art, the artist, and its significance. There are hyperlinks within the text and resources for further exploration.

Be a Portrait Detective

June 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 3, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Portrait Detectives

(www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/portraits/)

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

 

The Walker Art Gallery provides this fun website for kids that lets them learn about art history through the study of portraits.

The site explains that a portrait is a treasure trove of clues and ideas. It can tell you who a person was, how they lived and what they thought about themselves. It can even tell you about the painter and their life.

Using paintings from the Walker, the website provides a tutorial on how to find and interpret clues in a portrait. You can take a virtual “Guided Tour” of three portraits in which the museum explains the portrait to you, or you can visit the “Explore” section where you do the detective work and find the clues yourself.

To begin your investigation, go to the website where you will see a menu of six portrait icons. Click on any of the three portraits in the top row, and a new page opens with instructions for how to take the “guided tour” through pictures and text. Click on any of the three portraits in the bottom row, and a new page opens that allows you to begin your own exploration of the portrait by finding clues that answer the questions provided.

Be sure to click on the button “Something To Do” right above the portrait menu. It offers activity suggestions to enhance learning offline.

The site is designed so that your whole family can enjoy doing a computer activity together.

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