Posts Tagged ‘art history’

Global Children’s Art Gallery

September 5th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, September 5, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Global Children’s Art Gallery (http://www.naturalchild.org/gallery/)

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

 

This website, sponsored by the Natural Child Project, presents an online gallery of children’s artwork. It is an absolute delight to view the colorful drawings of children from all over the world.

When you get to the site, look in the center of the webpage. There, you can click on the colorful number button that takes you to the most recent drawings that have been submitted to the site. Or, you can click on the “Random page” text link that will allow you to see drawings that have been submitted to this site since its inception. Each piece of art is accompanied by a picture of the flag of the country the child is from – and over 63 countries are represented, as well as information about the artist and artwork! This site provides a wonderful venue for encouraging the artist in your child. It may even motivate your little “Picasso” to submit their own drawing for all the world to see.

Don’t miss the list of recommended art books for children found in the upper menu under “Books”. There are titles covering everything from exploring art history with children to encouraging artistic expression in children – as well as how-to books that help families learn to draw and paint together.

Arts and Crafts Projects for all Ages

October 4th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, October 4, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

KinderArt

 

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

 

If you want one site to bookmark that will provide you with an art curriculum for your homeschool years – this is it! KinderArt has the largest selection of free arts and crafts lessons on the Internet.
The projects are for grades K-12. You will find art lessons in:

  • Architecture
  • Art history
  • Folk art
  • Painting
  • Print making
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • And more.

The lessons are simply designed with clear instructions accompanied by photos and illustrations. The site also offers fun art trivia facts, recipes for kitchen art, information on art contests, and lots of helpful articles. They have an online store through which you can purchase materials needed for some of the art lessons as well as art kits, art magazines, art books and more.

They also have a “New This Week” feature right on the home page – so if you’re out of ideas and need a project for the kids, you can visit the site, click on a project, and get started.

This site is a real find for home educators!

Tell Stories with Wildlife Art

March 8th, 2014

 

It’s Saturday, March 8, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Art Tales: Telling Stories with Wildlife Art

 

Age Range: All (with parental supervision)

 

This is really an amazing site that is as much about learning to write a story, as it is about art. This is an activity-based site, so you must allow at least 30 minutes (probably more) to fully engage in the project. You won’t regret the time invested here. The results are worth it.

 

After arriving at the site, choose “Who will you be?”

  • Frontier Explorer
  • Field Guide Writer
  • Museum Curator

 

Once making your selection, a new page opens that presents you with a selection of wildlife art from the National Museum of Wildlife Art. Choose the pictures that you like or that inspire you. Each of your choices will be featured, one-by-one on your screen, and you are prompted with questions that cause you to think about what is being depicted by the artist. Then, you type your thoughts about that picture into a journal on the screen keeping in mind that you are creating a story based on the character you originally chose. You also get to select music to set the mood for your story! When finished, you can submit your story to be featured on the site.

 

If you prefer, you can read the story entries that were created by other visitors to the site – before you try your hand at the activity.

 

This is a great way to blend art and literature, really integrating language arts with art history and appreciation.

All of the History Websites You’ll Ever Need!

November 14th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, November 14, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Best History Sites

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

This website maintains a free, massive archive of over 1200 history websites as well as links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more.

When you get to this ad-supported site, you’ll see an introduction. Use the menu on the left side of the home page to find history websites, lessons, and activities in the following major categories:

  • Ancient/Biblical History
  • Medieval History
  • American History
  • Early Modern Europe
  • Modern History
  • World War II History
  • Military History
  • History Today
  • Art History
  • Oral History
  • General Resources
  • Maps
  • Geography
  • Lesson Plans
  • Games and Animations
  • Research

Click on any topic and a new page opens with a menu of links to websites in that category (many of which have been featured in ClickSchooling reviews in the past). Then click on the link of interest to explore the recommended website.

WARNING:  PARENTS, AS ALWAYS, SHOULD PREVIEW AND SUPERVISE USE OF THIS SITE. Google ads are sprinkled throughout this website, and it would be possible to click on one in error and wind up at a website that might not meet with your approval. The links archived at the site take you to other sites that have history content, but they may also have ads or commentary that may not contain appropriate content.  

As explained at the website:

“Best of History Web Sites aims to provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to the best history-oriented resources online in a wide range of categories…web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy, and usefulness.

“Sites with engaging educational content and stimulating and useful multimedia technologies are most likely to be included in these pages. However, useful general resources and research-oriented sites have been included as well.”

This is a well-organized educational resource tool that will assist your efforts in the study of history. 

Art & Art History Activities!

October 26th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, October 26, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

National Gallery of Art – Kids

Age Range: 5-12 (Designed for kids, but the activities and information will appeal to people of all ages. Non-readers will need assistance.)

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.”

*NGAkids 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.”

*NGAkids 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. 

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!  Check out the “Adventures In Art” option at this site. Kids can explore highlights of the National Gallery of Art collection that is designed in a kid-friendly, interactive style.

Free “Myth In Art” Curriculum

September 29th, 2012

Hi! It’s Saturday, September 29, 2012 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Minneapolis Institute of Arts: World Myths & Legends in Art

Age Range: 11 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects of this presentation)

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts sponsors this website that offers a free, downloadable curriculum and website presentation titled, “World Myths & Legends in Art.” It presents stories and folk lore from cultures around the world that have inspired artists to give them visual form.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a brief introduction and four icon menus that include:

*Art by Culture – View myth-inspired artwork from cultures in Africa, China, Ancient Egypt, Western Europe, Ancient Greece, Japan and more.

*What is Myth – Read an introduction to myth, and learn why they are such compelling stories for artists to depict.

*Art by Theme – Explore the artistic creations of art themed around myths about creation, gods, heroes, animals, or beast characters.

*View All Art – Click on icon images of the 26 works of art displayed on the site, and learn more about the artwork as well as the myth or legend that it depicts.

*Compare and Contrast – This is an interactive online essay activity. Students select two works of art from the presentation and write a short essay comparing and contrasting them.

Before you dive in, it may help to read “How to Use This Site” that is located on a tiny horizontal menu bar below the main selections. There, you will also find a link to the free, “Downloadable Curriculum to use offline. It’s a remarkable resource in art history and appreciation that is divided into a series of lessons and includes discussion questions. If you have middle and high school age children, this could be a terrific learning tool for the whole family to use together. 

 

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