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Free Art Lessons for Kids!

June 11th, 2011

Hi! It’s Saturday, June 11, 2011 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Deep Space Sparkle

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental guidance)

A Maryland ClickScholar suggested this website that offers free art lessons including complete instructions, photographs of actual kid’s artwork, and helpful tips.

The site was designed by an art teacher in Santa Barbara, California, who named the site after her favorite Crayola crayon color. She thinks that art should be a part of every child’s day.

When you get to the site, you’ll see some featured art lessons (some for free, some for a fee). The lessons are themed around different animals, architecture, cultures, and geography, and many are inspired by children’s picture books.

Place your cursor over “Art Lessons” on the menu tab at the top of the page to see a drop-down list of lessons available by grade level or theme. Again, many of the art lessons are free, and some may be purchased (pdf format) for $5/each.

Click on any free lesson title and a new page opens with complete instructions, illustrations, and photos. The lessons can be easily adapted to suit kids of all ages. In fact, the whole family may enjoy doing these activities together.

Be sure to click on “Inside the Artroom” to access:

  • A list of basic art supplies
  • Suggestions on how to organize an artroom
  • Tips on planning art activities
  • Ideas for managing art activities
  • Links to other fun art websites

While most of the information is geared for classroom teachers, it can be easily tweaked for use at home.

Keith Haring Art Lessons for Kids

December 4th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, December 4, 2010 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: All (with parental guidance and supervision)

This website, sponsored by the Keith Haring Foundation, is a tribute to the artist Keith Haring, whose bold, vibrant work appeals to kids of all ages. Haring loved children, and through this website the foundation continues to inspire and encourage the artist in everyone.

The site contains a wide array of Haring-inspired, free art lesson plans using different art mediums including crayons, paint, clay, photography, and much more. The lessons were submitted by teachers and students worldwide.

When you get to the site you’ll see an exhibit of kids’ artwork and pictures of kids in art classes along with an introduction to the lesson plans. Use the horizontal menu (in black) at the top of the page to search by age/grade range that includes:

*Early Childhood – One of the lessons is called “Colorful Dogs” and teaches students how to identify basic shapes and colors while assembling paper dogs.

*Elementary 1 – Use these lessons to make holiday ornaments or paint a mural. 

*Elementary 2 – Learn to use oil pastels while creating spontaneous art similar to the subway paintings done by Keith Haring in New York. 

*Elementary 3 – Try your hand at “Drawing with Wire” and discover how to use mixed media such as wire, paper, and markers to create silhouette drawings.

*Middle School – Haring’s artwork contains social commentary. One of his most famous murals was called “Crack is Wack.” This section contains an explanation of the meaning of it, and instructions for creating a Haring-inspired mural. You’ll find other lessons as well.

*Above 14 – This section for older students also explores the messages in Haring’s work while providing lesson ideas for learning how to make clay portraits, animations, and mobiles.

I’ve focused on the HaringKids Lesson Plans for this review. There are many more interesting things to explore at the website. Parents, as always, should preview the content to determine suitability for their own children.

Incredible Resource for FREE Art Lessons

September 12th, 2009

Recommended Website:
Princeton Online: Incredible Art Department

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades Pre-K to High School)

This site offers an archive of links to FREE art lessons for every age and grade range. When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to find art lessons for a particular grade level. Click on the grade level of choice and a new page opens displaying a menu of “how-to” art lessons in a wide range of styles and mediums including:

  • Art of the Inca
  • Foil Masks
  • Ceramic Owls
  • Clay Figures
  • Collage
  • Dolls from Bottles
  • Figure and Portrait Drawing
  • Fine Art Paper Dolls
  • Fresco Paintings
  • Homemade Paper
  • Interior Design
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Origami
  • Painting
  • Paper Mache
  • Pen & Ink Drawings
  • Recycled Robots
  • Shaving Cream Pictures
  • Sponge Painting
  • Tessellations
  • Watercolor Lessons
  • Weaving
  • Yarn and Raffia Coil Baskets
  • And much, much, much more!

You’ll even find art history activities and art games. Just click on the lesson of interest to you and a new page opens with the lesson description, materials list, and links to further resources. Many of the lessons and resources take you to other sites on the web, so AS ALWAYS PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

Once you’ve explored the lessons, do yourself a favor and explore the many resources for art education using the menu bar at the top of the webpage. Bookmark this site as you’ll want to return again and again.


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Free Online Video Art Lessons for Kids

December 6th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Mark Kistler’s Online Video Art Academy

Age Range: 4-13+ (Grades PreK-8, approximately)

ClickScholar MaryAnna recommended this website featuring free video art lessons with Mark Kistler who has taught millions of children worldwide how to draw in 3-D over the past 30 years through his hit children’s public television series “The Secret City,” “The Draw Squad,” and “Imagination Station.” He has also written and illustrated many popular children’s drawing books. Kistler’s philosophy is explained at his website:

“Mark deeply believes that learning how to draw in 3-D builds a child’s critical thinking skills while nourishing self-esteem. His positive messages on self-image, goal setting, dream questing, environmental awareness and the power of reading have inspired millions of children to discover their awesome individual potential.”

Kistler sells art lessons in a variety of media and packages on his website. He also offers 4 free, sample video lessons that your children are sure to enjoy.

When you get to the website, click on the words “Hey Look!” to gain access to the free videos. (Note: The free videos change randomly from time to time. Bookmark the site and return again to see if the rotation has changed to access the other free videos.)

Kistler maintains another website as well — the Mark Kistler School of Imagination

Here, you can access some free sample drawing lessons and games. The site is a little confusing to navigate. Click on “Lessons” on the menu bar and read the text for an explanation of how it works. Or, just start clicking around and investigating on your own. Eventually, you’re sure to see all of the fun freebies.

Again, these are commercial websites that offer some free sample 3-D art lessons in both text and video format. You don’t have to purchase anything to enjoy the handful of free lessons available.


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Free Art & Design Lessons!

September 6th, 2008

Recommended Website:

Age Range: 11-17+ (Middle School, High School, and Beyond)

New ClickSchool Reviewer Michael Hardt wrote today’s ClickSchooling Review. (Read Michael’s bio below.)

I can’t recall when I finally lost my shallow distaste for visual art. One day I was in college sneering at art classes, and next thing I knew I was rescheduling meetings on a business trip because I just had to slip out to the local Museum of Fine Arts. I hope my children will skip the sneering stage altogether, so we’re trying to do justice to the visual arts in our homeschooling.

That’s why I was so excited to find from John McTaggart, a Scottish art teacher. Artyfactory includes step-by-step, how-to art lessons. It also offers art appreciation tutorials on topics like “Still Life” or “Animals in Art” or broader “Art Movements.”

There’s so much here that it took a while to find my way around. When you get to the site, place your cursor over the images and icons on the homepage – and a description pops up on the “Notice Board” on the right side of the screen. You can use that to navigate the site, however, what worked best for me was the little icon of a “red sphere” in the middle of the main page. It takes you to the Site Map, a clearly organized list.

Little ones can’t interact with Artyfactory on their own. The content and writing are at an advanced level. (In fact, I suspect most of the content doubles as McTaggart’s college course material.) But there’s tremendous potential here for a creative homeschooler as follows:

  • Use it directly as reading or coursework for a high school student.
  • Adapt the lessons for younger pupils. The “Pencil Shading” exercises, for example, found under “Pencil Portraits,” would be a fun challenge. The “Drawing Animals” lessons might work with a talented middle school student, too, but these are no Ed Emberley thumbprints: they require a good eye and a controlled hand.
  • Fill in holes in your own knowledge. After spending some time on this site myself, I’ll be able to introduce my children to Expressionism or Vanitas paintings next time we visit a museum.

Most of the content here is for reading and viewing like a book, but I especially like the simple way the mouse brings some pictures to life. Mouse over the illustration at the top of the first lesson in “Perspective Drawing,” and the image toggles between a finished picture and a sketch showing lines of construction converging on a vanishing point. Mouse over the “Still Life” by Steenwyck in the “Art Appreciation” section to reveal the diagonal lines that underlie the composition of the painting. (And a hidden profile of an earlier face that shows through the finished painting!)

There’s a wealth of information here: color theory (both technical stuff like the color wheel and the emotional impact of colors in painting), a thorough overview of African masks and Egyptian hieroglyphs, shading techniques in pen and ink, etc. It’s enough to make me wish I started paying attention to art sooner!

Michael Hardt and
Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling
Copyright 2008, All Rights Reserved


Michael Hardt is a homeschool dad to two children ages 8 and 9. He says his wife, Camille, does at least 90% of the teaching, but he tries to get involved where he can. :) The Hardt family lives in rural New Hampshire so Internet resources mean a lot to them. Michael used to teach college literature. Now, he manages an engineering team for a software company that makes digital maps. He has also worked as a software engineer on video game graphics at Sony and Electronic Arts. Michael wrote, “I play piano badly, and I still spend too much time browsing the Internet.” That’s good news for ClickSchoolers! You can read Michael’s blog “Family School” (with the subtitle, “Teaching strategies and family humor from inexperienced-but-trying, homeschooling parents” here).


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Terrific Art Lessons & Activities for Ages 5-17

July 19th, 2008

Recommended Website:
National Gallery for America’s Young Artists

Age Range: 5-18 and beyond (Grade Range K-12)

ClickSchooling subscriber Suzi suggested this website as worthy of a review – and I agree! It features a variety of FREE interactive art activities to engage the budding Pollock, O’Keefe, Rodin, or Frank Lloyd Wright in your home.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu featuring three main sections as follows:

  • Free Art Sites: Experiential – Click on any one of 5 links that will open to a multi-media, fun art activity you can try such as ArtZone, ArtPad Painter, Jackson Pollock, Interactive Color Wheel, and Architect Studio 3D. Virtually draw, color, paint, build, and experiment with color and design online. Suzi wrote, “I think ‘Architect Studio 3D’ is great for the budding architect. Based on the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it incorporates his philosophies and has a good balance of learning and fun. My son is constantly creating 3D buildings with construction paper and enjoys playing at this site, since it easier to use than his Home Architect software.”
  • Interactive Activities About Art – This collection of fun activities provides multi-media lessons in art history as well as art media and technique. Learn about color symbolism, how to make prints, bronze casting, take a tour of the Vatican artwork, find out what’s in an artist’s toolkit, and learn all about cave art.
  • Online Art Galleries – Explore other online art galleries by clicking on links to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum, the National Museum of African Art, Native American Art, and a great online exhibit about myths and legends in art. All of these galleries use multi-media to enhance art education.

You could design an entire art curriculum around the information and activities archived here. Be sure to bookmark it to return often.


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