Posts Tagged ‘artwork’

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.

History Lessons with Primary Sources

April 26th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, April 26, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DocsTeach

(www.docsteach.org/)

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

 

This mobile friendly website provides access to thousands of primary resources from the National Archives to use throughout your history studies.

In addition to this, this site also provides activity lessons, guides to using primary resources, and much more. If you would like to save and share primary resources and create your own activities as well as gain access to hundreds of more educator-created activities, you can register on the site for a free account.

To begin looking for resources, when you arrive at the home page, scroll a little to find the bar with three selection options: 

  • Explore – Use the keyword search engine to search the primary source database or browse by time period or document type including textual document, photograph, video, audio, artwork and artifacts, or poster.
  • Discover – Locate created activities and lessons similarly to searching for a source but visitors can further refine search results to grade level, thinking skill, and activity type.
  • Create – In order to create an activity or lesson, you will need to register for a free account. Once this is done, use the tool to make your own lessons, add elements, create instructions for students and teachers, and much more. There is a functionality to share your lessons with your students and others as well as have students email you their responses to questions and view those responses in a log in your account. This is a powerful tool for creating your own activities to use in your classroom.

This website provides many of the tools, instruction, and resources you might need to have to use primary resources in your classroom.

Explore an Online Art Gallery

March 3rd, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, March 3, 2018, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

WikiArt

(www.wikiart.org/)

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

 

Browse through more than 150,000 works of art from over 2,500 artists with this online art gallery from WikiArt.

When arriving at today’s link the page will load the featured works of art. Click on the image to view a larger view. In the lower left-hand corner of the page find the “i” icon to see more information about the artwork. Select the “Today in History” link to find featured artists and examples of their work that were born or died on the date. Locate artwork or an artist using the search engine box or choose the “Artists” link in the upper menu to browse for artists alphabetically or by: 

  • Art movements
  • Schools and groups
  • Genres
  • Fields
  • Nationalities
  • Centuries
  • Art Institution
  • Chronology
  • Popular
  • Female Artists
  • Recently Added

Search for artwork by style, genre, media, recently added, popular, or random artwork by selecting the “Artworks” link. On the artist pages visitors will find general information and a brief biography as well as a list of art work. Create a free account to save images to a folder or add to your favorites.

This website is a wonderful resource for your art studies. As always, please be sure to review content to ensure it is appropriate for your family.

Digital American History for K-12

January 18th, 2018

 

It’s Thursday, January 18, 2018, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Digital History

(www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/)

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

 

The University of Houston sponsors this free, in-depth, American history website.

Topics include: 

  • A U.S. history textbook
  • Lesson plans and e-lectures
  • Primary source documents including court cases and Supreme Court decisions
  • Photographs
  • Artwork
  • Essays, letters, and cartoons
  • Maps
  • Timelines
  • Multimedia exhibitions
  • Video, films, and flash movies
  • Audio presentations of speeches and debates
  • Interactive modules, history games, and quizzes
  • Historical Music
  • Reference resources that include classroom handouts
  • Resources to create your own multimedia American history exhibitions

The content here covers 44 historical eras with exploration activities on topics such as: 

  • Mexican, Tejano, and Texian perspectives on the battle of the Alamo
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt’s decision to relocate Japanese Americans during WW II
  • Children’s perspectives on slavery, westward migration, and WW II

When you get to the site you’ll see an interactive timeline in the center of the homepage. Click on any block to sample what’s available here. Or use the extensive menu below the timeline to begin your exploration of the array of historical content.

You’ll even find links to living history museums, presidential libraries, and other historical websites.

Once your history thinking cap is fully loaded, take the quiz to find your History I.Q.

Online Art & Music Story Books for Kids

January 13th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, January 13, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MightyBook

(www.mightybook.com/art_and_music.html)

Age Range: 5-10 (Grades K-4, with parental supervision)

 

This commercial website offers the opportunity to access a variety of illustrated, animated, and narrated children’s online books that introduce kids to works of art masters set to the music of classical composers.

When you get to the site you will see links to these online engaging art and music books: 

  • Bach and Van Gogh – This delightful book plays beautiful Bach symphony music while slowly showing you images of artwork by Van Gogh.
  • Remington & Dvorak – This mash up combines powerful images of the American West by Frederick Remington accompanied by the strong and adventurous sounds of Antonin Dvorak.
  • Carnival of Harlequin – Drag and drop puzzles pieces to assemble the whimsical art of Joan Miro while listening to the airy sounds of Tchaikovsky. Links in this book let you learn more about the artist and composer through pictures and narration.
  • Mona and Beethoven – This silly little interlude features a talking Mona Lisa, barely tolerating Beethoven’s jokes as he makes attempts at comedy.
  • And much more.

When viewing these free sample books, you will also see some random advertisements. Parents, as always, should supervise Internet use. (This company does offer the books without advertising for a paid membership.)

When you’re through exploring the Art and Music section, check out some of the other free online activity books also available on this site.

Explore the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

December 9th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, December 9, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

(art.famsf.org/)

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

 

Explore the art world with this website from the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco.

Browsing through the collections can be done in several ways. If the artist or piece name you are looking for is known, use the search box in the upper left sidebar. Or perhaps you would like to browse through collections based on what type it is. Select the appropriate option from the image menu on the page. Looking for something made during a specific time period? Choose from the 15th century through the 21st century. Studying a specific country? Find artwork made there. You can also see artwork based on its location in the museum.

Once you have opened a collection page window, artwork can be further filtered by: 

  • Artist
  • Country
  • Class
  • Century
  • Department

Select the image of the art to see a larger picture and to learn more about the piece as well as see any other available contemporaneous works.

As with any site, parents should always monitor their students’ use of this website as some artwork could be deemed unacceptable for family viewing.

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