Posts Tagged ‘art’

Lessons from the Norman Rockwell Museum

November 10th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, November 10, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Norman Rockwell Museum – Curriculum Lab

(www.nrm.org/learn/curriculum-lab/)

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

 

Use the art of Norman Rockwell for your history, social studies and language arts classes with the lessons from this section of the larger Norman Rockwell Museum website.

When arriving at today’s link you will see images of some of Rockwell’s iconic work. Hover over the image to reveal the lesson name and suggested grade level. Or use the dropdown boxes above the images to search for lessons for a specific grade, subject, or theme. There are also three lessons featuring the work of Jerry Pinkney and can be sorted by using the “Artist” dropdown menu. 

Examples of units include: 

  • What’s the Headline – (Grades 6-12) Using the “War News” painting, explore the events leading up to the invasion of Normandy.
  • WWII on the Homefront The Four Freedoms – (All grades) Get creative with art and writing while learning about the purpose of Rockwell’s Four Freedoms.
  • Story Sparks – (Grades K-5) Use Rockwell’s works as inspiration for creative writing.
  • On the Twentieth Century – That was Then, This is Now – (All grades) Discover how Rockwell’s paintings depicted life in America and compare how life has changed from then to today.
  • Going and Coming – (All grades) Use the image to practice creative writing and communication of ideas skills.
  • And more

Lessons include objective information as well as the plan process. Some also include downloadable materials and suggestions for further exploration of the topic and image.

It appears that this section may still be under construction as there are occasional texts that say “[insert link to images]” but don’t let that stop you from taking a look at the site. Norman Rockwell fans will appreciate using his art for extended activities into other school subjects.

Explore the American Package Museum

November 9th, 2018

 

It’s Friday, November 9, 2018, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Package Museum

(www.packagemuseum.com/index.htm)

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

 

This website was designed as an online art exhibit of early 20th Century package design.

Corporations brand their products in unique ways through packaging designs. This exhibit features photographs of packages that are no long in circulation – everything from Alka-Seltzer to Wrigley’s Spearmint Chewing Gum.

When you get to the site simply click on the words “Enjoy your visit to The American Package Museum” to start the slide-show. There are over 100 products so it can take some time to view them all. If you want to jump right to a particular product then click on “Index” on the menu bar to see a list of products. Click on a product name and the photo of the package pops right into view.

It’s fun to see the old product designs – a nostalgic trip down memory lane for some parents. If you have some of these same products in your home today, why not take them out of the cupboard and compare the packaging to what’s in this exhibit? It could lead to lots of discussion about art, design, and advertising – and what works and what doesn’t.

Early American History through Caricatures

October 29th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, October 25, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

America in Caricature: 1765-1865

(www.indiana.edu/~liblilly/cartoon/cartoons.html)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Lilly Library, offers an online exhibition of political cartoons done in caricatures – pictures of a person or thing drawn with gross exaggeration of its most characteristic features.

The idea is to express satire and criticism of political and social agendas, especially during times of discontent or upheaval. While caricatures are always accompanied by text, it is secondary to the portrait that conveys the meaning through imagery intended to provoke a response from the viewer. The political cartoons in this exhibit depict times of turbulence in American history ranging from the Revolutionary War to the War of 1812 and then to the presidential elections of 1860 and 1864 which brought Abraham Lincoln to the White House.

As a ClickScholar said when she recommended the site, “See Abe Lincoln win the presidential race because of his long legs! See the Union map being unsuccessfully glued back together prior to the Civil War! See it all through the eyes of folks who were actually there. Great stuff! :)”

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu below it that includes: 

  • About Caricatures – Read the fascinating history of this art form.
  • The War of 1812 – View the cartoons and read the text to get a feel for what satirists were trying to convey at the time.
  • The Colonial Years – Caricatures of The Stamp Act and its repeal, and the “Bloody Massacre” also known as “The Boston Massacre”
  • Abraham Lincoln 1860-1865 – Political cartoonists depict the elections of 1860 and 1864, as well as The Civil War.

This website provides a brief, but fascinating look at early American history through the eyes of talented illustrators with specific political views. It’s a great adjunct to any study of early American history – probably geared more for middle school students and up.

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.

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