Archive for the ‘art’ category

Thanksgiving Crafts!

November 23rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 23, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Thanksgiving Art

(www.dltk-holidays.com/thanksgiving/turkey_crafts.html)

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

 

We thought you might like to get some step-by-step tutorials on how to make fun Thanksgiving arts and crafts with this website from DLTK.

Explore a menu of “Turkey Crafts” that include: 

  • Make an Autumn Leaf Turkey
  • Make a Toilet Paper Roll Turkey
  • Make a Variety of Handprint Turkeys
  • Make a Paper Plate Turkey
  • Make a Turkey Napkin Ring
  • and more.

Click on any item and a new page opens with complete instructions and illustrations. Many of these projects are so simple, they’d make a great activity for your Thanksgiving guests. Simply provide the materials needed and a space for assembly, demonstrate how to do it, and let everyone create their own memorable party favor.

Make Musical Instruments

November 3rd, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 2, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

AHC – Arts & Crafts

(https://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/musicalinstrumentsartscraftstideashandmadekids.html)

Age Range: 4-16 (Tots to teens, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free instructions for arts and crafts projects that enable you to make your own musical instruments.

When you get to the site, scroll down the page slightly to the menu of categories that includes: 

  • Make Guitars, Banjos, & Stringed Instruments
  • Make Noise Makers, Maracas, Shakers
  • Make Drums

Then, click on a topic and a new page opens where you will discover how to make: 

  • African Drums
  • Bells on a String
  • Bongo Drums
  • Bagpipes
  • Tambourines
  • Guitar
  • Cymbals
  • Didgeridoo
  • Maracas
  • Castanets
  • Kazoo
  • Rainstick
  • Banjo
  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • And Many More!

You’ll find information about the instrument, a materials list, and complete instructions with pictures. In some instances you’ll find how-to video clips.

Best of all, many of these instruments can be made by recycling things you’ll find around the house such as coffee cans, bottle caps, oatmeal boxes, paper plates, tissue paper, straws, combs, pie tins, etc.

Not only that, many of the instruments offer cross-curricular connections with Social Studies. There are instruments for celebrating cultural holidays and religious festivals.

When you’re through making a joyful noise, be sure to check out the rest of the site that offers innumerable ways to express creativity.

Autumn-Themed Arts & Crafts

October 12th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, October 12, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

DLTK’s Autumn Crafts & Activities

(https://www.dltk-holidays.com/fall/index.html)

Age Range: 4-14 (Grades PreK-9, with parental supervision)

 

DLTK is an ad-supported website that offers an amazing array of free art and craft projects for kids and their families.

They have a great selection of free, simple and fun fall crafts and activities that we thought many of you would enjoy including: 

  • Coloring Pages – Print out and color fall-themed coloring pages.
  • Crafts – Get instructions for making things with autumn leaves and trees. Make a scarecrow or wreath.
  • Games and Puzzles – Print out fall-themed hangman, tic-tac-toe, wordsearch, word scrambles, crossword puzzles, mazes, and much more.
  • Leaf Collectors Album – Print out templates to create your very own fun and educational “Leaf Collection” album!
  • Poems and Songs – Enjoy a selection of autumn-themed fables, rhymes, poems, and songs that include a printable craft or coloring suggestion to go along with it!
  • And more!

When you’re through with the autumn-themed resources, poke around the site to discover all kinds of ways to enhance learning through fun creative arts activities.

Free Drawing & Painting Lessons & Video Tutorials

June 8th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, June 8, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Will Kemp Art School

(willkempartschool.com/)

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

 

This website provides free art lessons and video tutorials on how to draw and paint.

The artist, Will Kemp (read his bio at the website), provides free articles (blog posts) on every aspect of drawing and painting including instructions illustrated with terrific photographs. There are a variety of free video tutorials on how to paint with acrylic paint, too.

When you get to the website, you’ll see the current blog post. Since the artist (who lives in the United Kingdom) has been blogging for a while, it is helpful to use the horizontal menu at the top of the page and click on “New? Start Here.” The artist clearly explains how to navigate this site and access lessons for expressing and improving your artistic potential in the simplest and quickest way possible.

From the menu, you can access the articles with lessons and tips by topic including: 

  • Acrylics
  • Oils
  • Drawing
  • Free Videos

You’ll also see “Shop Courses” on the menu where Kemp offers video art courses for a fee. But you don’t have to purchase a thing to access the archive of free instructions, tips, information, and artistic insight.

Free Art and Design Lessons

May 18th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, May 18, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artyfactory

(artyfactory.com/)

Age Range: 11 and up (Grades 6 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This ad-supported website includes step-by-step, how-to art lessons. It also offers art appreciation tutorials on topics like “Still Life” or “Animals in Art” or broader “Art Movements.”

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Art Lessons
  • Art Appreciation
  • Design Lessons

Little ones can’t interact with Artyfactory on their own. The content and writing are at an advanced level. (In fact, it is suspect most of the content doubles as MacTaggart’s college course material.) But there’s tremendous potential here for a creative homeschooler as follows: 

  • Use it directly as reading or coursework for a high school student.
  • Adapt the lessons for younger pupils. The “Pencil Shading” exercises, for example, found under “Pencil Portraits” in the Art Lessons section, would be a fun challenge. The “How to Draw Animals” lessons might work with a talented middle school student, too, but these are no Ed Emberley thumbprints: they require a good eye and a controlled hand.
  • Fill in holes in your own knowledge. After spending some time on this site you’ll be able to introduce your children to Expressionism paintings and more next time you visit a museum.

There’s a wealth of information here: color theory (both technical stuff like the color wheel and the emotional impact of colors in painting), a thorough overview of African masks and Egyptian hieroglyphs, shading techniques in pen and ink, etc.

NOTE: As always, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW the site to determine suitability of content for your own children.

Pavement Drawings and Sidewalk Chalk!

April 6th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, April 6, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pavement Drawings – 3D Illusions

(www.julianbeever.net/index.php/phoca-gallery-3d)

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

 

This website features the work of sidewalk art master Julian Beever. If you have kids who like to draw on the sidewalk (or if you enjoyed it yourself as a child) – don’t miss this website! It takes sidewalk art to a whole new level.

When you get to the site you’ll see small thumbnail renderings of the 3D pavement drawings. There are over seventy-five 3D illusions to amaze and amuse you. You can also see some of the artist’s self-portraits (under “Miscellaneous”) – that appear to be reflections on a concrete canvas. 

This is a delightful exhibit – sure to inspire the sidewalk artists in your family. If it does, then don’t miss this recipe for how to make your own sidewalk chalk.

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