Posts Tagged ‘art’

Drawing Portraits Video Lessons

October 20th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, October 20, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube: Learn to Draw Portraits

(www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=DE90A0B005052EFB)

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

 

PARENTAL WARNING: The lessons featured today are on YouTube.com. While the content of the “Learn To Draw Portraits” lessons that we have reviewed are suitable for general audiences, the YouTube format is such that you may see questionable content in the sidebars and/or in the comment section (below the video). Both sections continually change. Parents, AS ALWAYS, should review the lessons WITH their children.

This ClickScholar recommended website offers a series of free lessons on how to draw portraits – no previous experience necessary! The artist who developed this entertaining series prefaces the lessons with lectures that offer scientific explanations on how the human eye and brain perceive light and form. Understanding the science behind the art removes the “mystery” of how to create portraits and makes it seem “doable” for amateurs and reluctant artists.

When you get to the site the lessons are listed to the right. Simply select a lesson, watch the video and enjoy the lecture by this quirky, laid back, and very talented artist-instructor. There are 12 video lessons in all that cover:  

  • Value and Contrast
  • Graphite and Eraser
  • Sketching
  • Value Shapes
  • Measuring

While that short list above may seem mundane – the lecture/demonstrations are engaging and you’ll be drawing portraits in no time at all. We posted the age range as 10 and up, but there are aspects of these video lessons that younger children may enjoy as well with constant parental supervision.

The artist, who introduces himself as “Jason,” is also a speed-painter with a sense of humor. In fact, taking a cue from the popular comedian Jeff Foxworthy, he suggests “you might be a redneck if you finger-paint with barbeque sauce” – and, just for fun, demonstrates how to do it on his YouTube channel, Eclectic Asylum Art.

Better stock up on the BBQ sauce before sharing this video with the kids – they’re sure to want to try it!

History Lesson Plans

October 4th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 4, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

NPS – Teaching with Museum Collections

(www.nps.gov/museum/tmc/tmc_park.html#browse)

Age Range: 7-18 (Grades 2-12, with parental supervision)

 

Find over 60 well laid out history lesson plans themed around specific national parks at this website from the National Park Service.

Visitors can browse through the available lesson plans using three search criteria: By Park, By Skill, or By Theme. Lesson plans follow the same pattern of presentation: 

  • Title – includes information about the plan developer, suggested grade level, number of sessions and suggested length of time to implement
  • Overview – which park collection is used, a plan description, and any essential questions the plan tries to address
  • Museum Collections, Similar Items and other Materials Used – a chart with images and/or links to related museum objects
  • National Educational Standards – applicable national standards met
  • Student Learning Objectives – objectives for each lesson or activity in the plan
  • Background and Historical Context – “the topic of the lesson unit plan” in “historical context for teachers and students”
  • Vocabulary – appropriate word lists and definitions
  • Teacher Tips – suggested materials and resources needed 
  • Lesson Implementation Procedures – instruction for implementation of the plan as well as warm up and discussion suggestions
  • Evaluation/Assessment for Measurable Results – ideas for measuring understanding of the material
  • Extension and Enrichment Activities – suggestions for building on the lessons
  • Resources – resources used in the development of the lesson plan
  • Site Visit – places to visit related to the topic
  • Charts, Figures and other Teacher Materials – any related materials used in the plan

Plans feature over 20 National Parks and focus on a variety of themes including American Indian History, Art/Music, Fashion/Design, Family Life, Politics and Government, Labor History, U.S. Presidents, Women’s History, War and Conflict, and much more.

We are sure visitors will find these lesson plans a valuable history resource.

Wildflower Coloring Pages

September 29th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 29, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Wildflower Coloring Pages

(www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/kids/coloring/index.shtml)

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

 

Grab your crayons, colored pencils and markers and get ready to color some beautiful wildflowers while learning about them.

This page from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service supplies printable and downloadable images of wildflowers as well as weeds. 

There are four choices at today’s link: 

  • Color Wildflowers – From the Alpine Forget-Me-Not to the Yellow Stonecrop, choose from 44 different flowers, each of which includes information about the plant.
  • Color of Flowers – Each sheet includes 4 color-by-number flowers.
  • Coloring Books – Choose from 7 different wildflower coloring book PDFs.
  • Color Noxious Weeds – Learn about noxious weeds and color their picture.

There are more wildflower activities for kids available on the left-hand sidebar including vocabulary, puzzles and more teacher resources.

Literacy Through Greek Mythology

September 26th, 2018

 

It’s Wednesday, September 26, 2018, and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Mythweb

(www.mythweb.com/)

Age Range: 9 and up (Grades 4 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website offers many free resources to help students learn about Greek mythology!

Learn about the gods, creatures, and heroes from ancient Greece that equip kids to understand vocabulary and references in literature, poetry, the newspaper, blogs, and all forms of communication and entertainment. Consider these basic examples provided at the website: 

  • In tribute to Hercules and his Labors, a huge or heroic task is said to be Herculean.
  • The Midas touch, or the gift of profiting from whatever one undertakes, is named for a legendary king of Phrygia.
  • A book of maps gets its name from Atlas, the Titan who supported the heavens on his shoulders.

You’ll find many more examples in the “Teachers” section of the website that you can access from the home/landing page. It also includes free suggestions for mythology-themed activities and lesson plans designed to build skills in creative writing, vocabulary development, and art appreciation.

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

  • Gods – Learn about 12 deities that dwelt on Mount Olympus through engaging text and colorful graphics.
  • Heroes – Read the comic-book-style biographies of Jason, Hercules, Bellerophon, Theseus, Odysseus and Perseus – in English or Latin!
  • Today – Find out how the Greek myths are relevant today.
  • Encyclopedia – Get definitions and descriptions of various characters, places, and events in Greek mythology.

You’ll also find links to other websites with more in-depth information about Greek mythology.

This website is actually a commercial site that offers a CD-ROM of a Greek Mythology game for sale. However, that is one small aspect of this mostly free educational site.

Learn to Draw Animals

September 8th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, September 8, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

How to Draw It

(www.howtodrawit.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

This terrific website provides free, easy-to-follow instructions (complete with illustrations) on how to draw a variety of animals using simple shapes as a base.

When you get to the Google ad-supported site, you’ll see a menu of free drawing lessons. Simply click on the animal you want to learn to draw and a new page opens with the easiest directions imaginable: 

  • Learn to draw a kitten from a basic pear shape.
  • Draw a squirrel using the number “3”.
  • Find out how to turn alphabet letters into animals.
  • Turn the number “2” into a frog.
  • Discover how to turn a couple of bowling tenpins into strolling penguins.

You won’t believe how simple this is – and how satisfying it will be when your kids learn to draw.

California Capitol Tour & More

September 7th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, September 7, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

California State Capitol – Capitol Museum

(www.capitolmuseum.ca.gov/)

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

 

This site offers a variety of virtual tours relating to the California State Capitol in Sacramento.

When arriving at today’s link, use the sidebar menu to select the Virtual Tours link. Read the brief introduction then select “Start A Virtual Tour” text link. When the page opens visitors will be able to either use the side bar menu to select a tour or move through the first tour, “Architecture: Symbols of a Changing Democracy,” using the navigation instruction links at the bottom of each page. Through text and images, the architecture tour explores the architectural features of the Capitol building including the symbols, rotunda, the domes, the gold ball and cupola, the encaustic tiles, the statuary groupings, the portico and pediment, and the east annex plaques. 

Tours also available on the Virtual Tours page include: 

  • Collections: California’s Art Collection – Examine the art, portraits, murals, statues and flag collection at the museum.
  • Capitol History: A Legacy of California’s Growth – Discover the Capitol’s history from planning to its complete restoration completed in 1982.
  • Capitol Park – Stroll through the park virtual tour and explore the plant life as well as the memorials and monuments.
  • Historic Rooms: The West Wing – Learn about the Legislative Bill Room, Governor’s rooms, 1902 Secretary of State Office, 1906 and 1933 Treasurer’s Offices, Library Exhibit Room, the offices of the President Pro Tempore and Speaker of the Assembly, as well as visit the chamber galleries and committee room.

But wait, there’s more. Back on the home page, find the Kids’ Zone link. After reading the introductions, click the “Visit the Kid’s Zone” text link and a pop-up window will open. (Be sure you allow your Flash Player to run.) At this colorful section of the website, through slideshow images and text, kids can explore the Capitol building and its history, learn about the symbols and history of California, read fun facts, check out “neat pics,” play games, and print out worksheets and coloring pages. There is also a section for teachers with links to lesson plans and more.

Add this site to your list for your California studies.

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