Posts Tagged ‘drawing’

Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids

January 30th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 30, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jerry’s Artarama – Video Art Lessons for Kids

(www.jerrysartarama.com/art-lessons/Skill-Level/Kids/index.html)

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

 

Part of the larger Jerry’s Artarama’s commercial website, today’s link provides over 65 video art lessons for middle to high school kids from the World of Art series.

Instruction includes lessons for: 

  • Making a vase from an old wine bottle
  • Drawing cartoons
  • Finger painting caterpillar
  • Painting a desert scene or a giraffe
  • Screen print leaves
  • New York City skyline diorama
  • Perspective instruction
  • Paper mach pie
  • Pattern study
  • Watercolor resist

Video lessons are presented by the following artists: 

  • Perry Milou
  • Bruce Blitz
  • Dan Nelson
  • Bob Ostrom
  • Tonya Hill
  • Lindsey Volins

After selecting and watching a lesson, click the “More” text link in the “Video Description and More. . .” section to find more lessons by the artist. Use the “Categories” link in the upper menu to find more advanced video lessons sorted by artist, medium, skill level, and subject.

Please note that the videos do include commercials for art products, but don’t let that stop you from checking out this website and reaping the benefits of the free lessons.

Free Offline Math Games & Much More

January 11th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, January 11, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop

(www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/math-games/index.php)

Age Range: 5-16 (Grades 1-11 approximately and varies by topic and activity; with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free downloadable games and curricula for a wide range of subjects to be used offline. We’ve focused on math for this review. The free math games and activities teach various math strands and concepts in a fun, hands-on way. The game instructions and materials can be printed out and assembled for play offline.

The games were designed by a homeschool mom and illustrator named Ellen McHenry. When she couldn’t find resources that were really what she wanted and needed, she got out her old college texts (she majored in drawing and minored in math), did some review, and started inventing her own stuff, much of which she makes available on her site for free. When you get to the site you’ll see a menu of the math games and activities that include: 

  • Storm the Castle! – Players (ages 5-8 or so) pretend to be medieval soldiers attacking a castle. They must cross a field and a bridge using math skills, find the difference between two numbers, find coordinates on a grid, and solve simple word problems.
  • Loot the Pirate Ship! – Players (ages 8-11 or so) use and practice multiples of numbers, prime numbers, and divisibility rules to capture ships and loot them.
  • Sheep Herding Math Strategy Game – This is a two-player game that is fun for all ages. One person plays the sheep, the other is the border collie in this classic strategy game that is similar to “Hares and Hounds.”
  • Professor Pig’s Magic Math (a mini-curricula) – Professor Pig teaches his students (ages 5-8 or so) to see patterns with numbers that will allow them to easily do addition without any memorization. There is review and practice built into the activities eliminating boring drill worksheets!

These games are not only great for elementary students, but are helpful to older students who struggle with math or need remedial work.

But that’s not all! Ms. McHenry has also created free educational games and lessons for students of all ages, in the following subjects: 

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Human Body
  • Earth Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Physical Science
  • History/Social Studies
  • Geography/Maps
  • Language Arts
  • Art
  • Drama
  • French and Latin

You will be astounded at the innovative ways she has developed, and ingenious materials she has created to help students of all ages learn. Words simply can’t do it justice. Bookmark this site, you’ll want to return often.

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.

Drawing Lessons from Toad Hollow Studio

April 11th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, April 11, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Toad Hollow Studio

 

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

 

This website created by Carol Rosinski, author of Drawing Made Easy: Getting Started, features loads of drawing tutorials. In addition to a few drawing videos and other demonstrations, exercises and tips scattered throughout the website, lessons are available at three levels.
In the Beginning lessons, the author explains some of the following techniques: 
  • From 2D Design To 3D Shape
  • How To Draw A Cat In Four Steps (more or less)
  • Texture Hatching Technique
  • Blind Contour Drawing
  • Draw A Teddy Bear
  • How To Draw Simple Flowers
  • Shading Basics
The intermediate lessons cover the following: 
  • Mindless Drawing
  • Organic Form Gradation
  • Key – What It Is, Why It Matters To Your Drawings, And How To Change It
  • Creating Three Dimensional Form with Value
  • How to Draw a Scallop Shell
  • How to Draw a Shiny Ornament
  • How to Draw a Rose
  • Advanced Shading
The current advance lessons include: 
  • Drawing Texture Technique on Queen Anne’s Lace
  • How to Draw a Horse
  • Sketch a Yarn Ball
Visitors will enjoy the personal style of the lessons and come away with newfound knowledge of pencil drawing techniques.

Explore the Life and Work of M.C. Escher

February 7th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, February 7, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Tour: M.C. Escher – Life and Work

 

Age Range: All (children with parental supervision)

 

The National Gallery of Art sponsors this site that offers a virtual tour of the artwork of M.C. Escher. If your students have studied math tessellations they may have been introduced to some of Escher’s work already – as he used patterns of interlocking forms and architectural mazes in his artwork. He also created unusual spatial effects by drawing a picture from different perspectives, for instance, looking up and down at the same time. Escher really contributed to the idea of metamorphosis drawing where one shape or object turns into something completely different. This tour offers examples of all of these aspects of his work and most kids will find the “morph” prints and drawings especially fascinating.

When you get to the site you can click on “Overview” to read a biography and explanation of Escher’s work. Or, simply click on the words “Start Tour” to begin to view all of the many works in this virtual gallery. Each piece of art comes with a text explanation that helps the viewer to appreciate what they are looking at.

Free Downloadable Drawing Lessons

January 17th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, January 17, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Drawspace Free Lessons

 

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

 

Part of the commercial Drawspace website, this page offers over one hundred free drawing lessons. Lessons may be viewed online or can be downloaded as PDFs to use offline.
Lessons are broken down into color-coded level categories covering subject matter such as:

Beginner Lessons

  • Resources
  • Learn to see
  • Draw with lines
  • Squirkling
  • Perspective 1
  • Hatching
  • Shading forms
  • Focus on people
  • Cartoons & critters
Intermediate Lessons
  • Skills & secret
  • Perspective 2
  • Crosshatching
  • Animals & fantasy
  • 3-D cartoons
  • Caricatures
  • People
  • Places & things
  • Color basics
  • Cartoons in color
Advanced Lessons
  • Diverse animals
  • Faces & Figures
  • Nature & still life
  • Studio series
  • Fantasy & fun
  • Creating in color
  • Drawing on the Masters
The lessons include well written, informative, and illustrated instructions making this a valuable resource for teaching art techniques. It might be a good idea to bookmark this website because you will find yourself coming back to it time after time.
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