Archive for the ‘art’ category

Favorite Science Activities & Lesssons!

May 10th, 2022

It’s Tuesday, May 10, 2022, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

The Science Spot

(www.sciencespot.net/)

Grades 6-8, with parental supervision

A clever and innovative science teacher developed this free website where she shares her favorite science activities, lessons, and printables.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

  • Science Classroom – Get an abundance of free lesson plans, activities, printable worksheets, and links to other resources on general science, ecology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, earth science, biology, insects, eagles, the metric system, forensic science, archaeology, and more.

  • Reference Desk – An archive of links to educational science websites, lesson plans, clip art resources and much more. We didn’t follow all of these links — so parent supervision, as always, is advised.

  • Puzzle Corner – This is a cool resource! Print out free word search and crossword puzzles on cells, invertebrates, the skeletal and muscular system, genetics, rocks and minerals, constellations and much, much more! Great material for DIY science activity books!

There is much more material for classroom teachers provided at this site. Much of it can be tweaked to suit homeschoolers.

Learn to Draw with Jan Brett

April 16th, 2022

It’s Saturday, April 16, 2022, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

The World of Jan Brett

(www.janbrett.com/index.html)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

Visit the world of American illustrator and writer of children’s picture books, Jan Brett. At this website, visitors will find a treasure trove of activities for hours of fun. In addition to loads of educational activity pages to print out, there are tons of printable coloring pages, fun games to play online or print out, and cards to either email or print.

One of the highlights of this website is the video art lessons. Join Mrs. Brett as she teaches visitors to draw some of the characters from her books such as:

  • A dolphin
  • A chick
  • A hedgehog
  • A creature of the deep
  • A bear
  • An elephant
  • Dots and Stripes – Two African Animals
  • A bunny
  • Gingerbread Baby, Friends and Peppermint Puppy
  • Horses
  • African Okapi
  • A lion
  • A polar bear
  • A stork
  • A Siberian Husky
  • A viper fish
  • A train

And much more. You will want to bookmark this website and come back often to enjoy all that is available here.

Art Tutorials for Middle & High School

March 19th, 2022

John MacTaggart: Artyfactory

(www.artyfactory.com/)

Grades 6 and up, 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.”

Description: 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.

Online Coloring Fun!

February 19th, 2022

The Color: Free Online Coloring Pages – Amazing Assortment

(www.thecolor.com/)

TheColor.com is a unique site for online coloring. They have over 1,000 images to color online without having to print. This is more online coloring pages than any other online coloring site.

TheColor.com helps kids learn color concepts, the names of 192 colors, eye-hand coordination, picture comprehension – these skills form the foundation for early learning success. Everyone can use the site as no java, flash or applet is necessary to load the pages. Kids can email the pictures they colored or save them or print them.

When you get to the site you will see some features in the center of the screen and a menu of coloring page topics on the left that includes:

  • Aesops Fables
  • Arabian Nights Tales
  • Dinosaur
  • Endangered Animals
  • Fall
  • Famous Faces
  • Farm Animal
  • Greek Mythology
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales
  • Holidays
  • Insect
  • Movies
  • Nursery Rhymes
  • Occupations
  • Sports
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Super Villains
  • Superheroes
  • Thanksgiving
  • US President
  • Winter
  • and much, much more!

I really have never seen this much variety on a coloring page website. Click on any one and a new page opens with the picture outline in black and white. You can color it online with the tools on the site, or print it out and color the “old-fashioned” way.

The website also contains this message:

“Feel free to contact us if there are any coloring pages you would like us to add to our site. If you want to email us the gif files of free coloring pages you have drawn we will add them to our online coloring site. …Our goal is to constantly build our pictures to color online and we will be adding new pictures to color every week.”

That’s quite an invitation for young artists! Bookmark this one so you can check out the new content weekly.

Art Lessons for All Levels

February 12th, 2022

Haringkids.com: Keith Haring Art Lessons for Kids

(www.haringkids.com/lesson_plans/)

All grades, with parental supervision

This website, sponsored by the Keith Haring Foundation, is a tribute to the artist Keith Haring, whose bold, vibrant work appeals to kids of all ages. Haring loved children, and through this website the foundation continues to inspire and encourage the artist in everyone.

The site contains a wide array of Haring-inspired, free art lesson plans using different art mediums including crayons, paint, clay, photography, and much more. The lessons were submitted by teachers and students worldwide.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction to the lesson plans. Use the horizontal menu (in black) at the top of the page to search by age/grade range that includes:

  • Early Childhood – One of the lessons is called “Colorful Dogs” and teaches students how to identify basic shapes and colors while assembling paper dogs.

  • Elementary 1 – Use these lessons to make holiday ornaments or paint a mural.

  • Elementary 2 – Learn to use oil pastels while creating spontaneous art similar to the subway paintings done by Keith Haring in New York.

  • Elementary 3 – Try your hand at “Drawing with Wire” and discover how to use mixed media such as wire, paper, and markers to create silhouette drawings.

  • Middle School – Haring’s artwork contains social commentary. One of his most famous murals was called “Crack is Wack.” This section contains an explanation of the meaning of it, and instructions for creating a Haring-inspired mural. You’ll find other lessons as well.

  • Above 14 – This section for older students also explores the messages in Haring’s work while providing lesson ideas for learning how to make clay portraits, animations, and mobiles.

I’ve focused on the HaringKids Lesson Plans for this review. There are many more interesting things to explore at the website. Parents, as always, should preview the content to determine suitability for their own children.

Art Resources from The Metropolitan Museum of Art

January 22nd, 2022

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Educator Resources

(www.metmuseum.org/learn/educators/lesson-plans)

Grades 1-12, with parental supervision

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States. You’ll find valuable educational resources here to expand your art studies.

When you arrive at the site, you’ll see Lesson Plans separated by elementary, middle and high school students including:

  • Ancient Animals at Work
  • Armor—Function and Design
  • Architecture and the Natural World
  • The Battle of David and Goliath
  • Bravery Stands Tall
  • Point of View in Print and Paint
  • Aeneas, Art, and Storytelling
  • The Art of Industry
  • Composing a Landscape
  • The Power behind the Throne
  • And so much more!

Lesson plans follow the same basic format:

  • Image of featured work of art along with related information
  • Goals
  • National Standards
  • Questions for Viewing
  • Activity
  • Resources
  • Related Object which includes links to those items in the online exhibits

These lesson plans help expand your understanding and enjoyment of art in all its forms.

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