Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Art & Art History Activities!

October 26th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, October 26, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

National Gallery of Art – Kids

Age Range: 5-12 (Designed for kids, but the activities and information will appeal to people of all ages. Non-readers will need assistance.)

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.”

*NGAkids 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.”

*NGAkids 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. 

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!  Check out the “Adventures In Art” option at this site. Kids can explore highlights of the National Gallery of Art collection that is designed in a kid-friendly, interactive style.

Virtual Field Trip to Surfboard Factory!

August 17th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Friday, August 17, 2012 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Sharp Eye Surfboards

Age Range: 8 and up (approximately with parental supervision)

At this website you can take a virtual tour of the Sharp Eye Surfboards factory in San Diego, California. When you get to the site, just click on the arrow to start the two-and-a-half minute video presentation. There is no narration of the manufacturing process (just background music), but the video is pretty self-explanatory.

When you’re through watching the factory tour, click onvideos” on the menu to watch clips of surfers using Sharp Eye surfboards. The photography is terrific. The videos I watched did not have narration, but were accompanied by various genres of rock music. Because I didn’t watch them all, parents (as always) should preview the website and videos, and supervise all Internet access.


Fantastic Cell & Science Animations!

July 24th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, July 24, 2012 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Cells Alive!

Age Range: 12 and up (younger children may enjoy various aspects of this site)

This terrific, ad-supported site offers free animations, interactive and colorful illustrations, amazing photography, and interesting text to help visitors learn about the many forms and functions of cells. It was developed by a photographer with 30 years of experience capturing film and computer-enhanced images of living cells and organisms for education and medical research.

When you get to the site, you’ll see a featured cell animation.  Use the menu to explore categories that include:

*Cell Biology – Learn about the structure of plant, animal, and bacterial cells that includes interactive animation of mitosis and meiosis, and a quiz to check your knowledge on cell structure and function.

*Microbiology – Get familiar with viruses, bacteria, and parasites from E.coli to strep to HIV – and take the quiz on microbes.

*Immunology – Don’t miss the anatomy of a splinter, the workings of allergies and mites, making antibodies, and take the quiz on the immune system.

*Microscopy – Get the scoop on the latest techniques for cell imaging and research and visit The Crystal Gallery for some eye-popping microscope images.

Under “Interactive” on the menu, you can examine cell models, view an animation of the cell cycle, watch the “Cell Cams” that let you see in real time how long it takes for cancer cells and bacteria cells to double. Solve some puzzles and take some quizzes too.

You can also purchase CD-ROMS and downloads, but no purchase is necessary to access the free content. 

This is a “must see” site for anyone studying the sciences in grades 7 and up. Younger students will find aspects of it interesting too -parents can preview the site to determine which parts will be of the most interest to their kids. Bookmark this site to return often.


Free Molecular Investigations for Students

September 20th, 2011

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, September 20, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
Molecular Expressions: Powers of 10

Age Range: 9 and up (approximately, with adult supervision)

ClickScholars send me links to this website a few times each year as they stumble across it on their own Internet travels. It offers  free activities that allow students to explore the fascinating world of optical microscopy through amazing color photographs. You’ll see images of the cellular levels of everything from hamburgers to superconductors. 

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction that explains you are about to take a virtual journey from the Milky Way to the microscopic world. In successive orders of magnitude journey from the Milky Way Galaxy “into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.”

When you are through watching the display, use the menu on the left side of the screen to explore:

*Optics Timeline – See highlights of important events and developments in the science of optics from prehistory to the beginning of the 21st century.

*Student Activities – Investigate light, optics, and color with an assortment of online activities. Discover more about:

  • Animal Vision
  • Eclipses
  • Cameras and Photography
  • Binoculars, Periscopes, & Kaleidoscopes
  • 3D Images & Holograms

*Tutorials – Access a curriculum resource package for elementary grade students that combines scientific inquiry, hands-on and interactive computer-based instruction, text, and animated manipulatives for a variety of learning experiences. Some of the activities include:

  • Newton’s Prism Experiments
  • Refraction of Light
  • Microscope Magnification
  • Optical Illusions
  • Human Vision

You can also explore digital video galleries to learn more about digital microscopes and the spectrum of applications. The content on this site is massive, so bookmark it to return often.

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.

Virtual Tour of Avocado Farm

January 21st, 2011

Hi! It’s Friday, January 21, 2011 and time for a Virtual Field Trip at

Recommended Website:
California Avocados: Virtual Tour

Age Range: All

This website offers a free virtual video tour of California avocados
from seedling to supermarket
. Watch 5 separate videos (totaling about 15 minutes) that include:

  • Growing
  • Harvesting
  • Packing
  • Ripening
  • Shipping

The photography is terrific (providing close-up options when needed) and it is accompanied by brief text that describes what you are seeing along the way. The videos are not narrated (no sound), but parents can read the text out loud for non-readers in the family. :)

When you are through with the tour, check out the menu on the left of your
screen to read about the history of avocados, their many varieties, how to
grow your own tree, and read some fun trivia facts.