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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.

Holiday Crafts for Kids!

December 11th, 2021

Make Holiday Paper Chains & More

Grades K & Up, with parental supervision

I thought you and your children might enjoy making some holiday decorations. Here are some websites with step-by-step directions designed with kids in mind. 

Popcorn and Cranberry Chains

Make a pretty popcorn and cranberry garland, while teaching the kids some basic sewing skills.

Paper Chains

Get easy instructions on how to make simple paper chains.

Two Types of Paper Snowflakes

Create two types of paper snowflakes. NOTE: This link goes to YouTube.com; parental supervision advised.

Learn How To Make Art!

November 13th, 2021

Awesome Artists

(awesomeartists.com/ART/main.htm)

Grades 2-8, with parental supervision

Learn basic art skills and principles with the help of this colorful website.

All of the lessons are downloadable so you can use these anywhere. Lessons can include booklets, posters, games, PowerPoint slideshows, and project ideas.

Choose from the following:

  • The ABCs of Art – The Elements & Principles of Design made simple
  • Keys to Success – Say aloud poems to learn values: respect, kindness…
  • A Mindful of Art – Simple games to learn art terms & examine art works
  • My Materials & Me – Fun cartoon posters on care of art materials & tools
  • Fiber Art – (Still under construction)—
  • Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – A few fun cartoon posters to teach recycling
  • Terrific, Tactile, Texture – A few lessons on combining texture with drawing
  • Collage & Mixed Media – Booklets, lessons & slide shows
  • Crafts & Construction – A few lessons
  • I Can’t Draw…Until I Practice! – Many step-by-step booklets. Drawing from life is best.
  • Getting Wired – Simple, basic wire sculpture techniques & lessons
  • Clay Creations – Booklet, lessons & examples to work with clay
  • Printmaking – A few simple lessons
  • Painting – A few simple lessons
  • Sculpture – Booklets on general technique and 1 lesson

When you arrive at your destination, simply find your desired lessons, click the link, download, and save the file to your computer. Then, when you are ready to use the activities, just print out what you need and away you go. While these lessons appear to be for upper elementary and middle school, they certainly can be modified for younger or older students.

Learn to Draw with Uncle Fred!

October 16th, 2021

Draw and Color with Uncle Fred

(www.unclefred.com/)

Grades K-8, with parental supervision

Your kids will love learning how to draw with “Uncle Fred”– who was the artist/writer of the Barney Google and Snuffy Smith comic strip.

When you get to the site just pick the cartoon subject you want to draw, click on it, and a new page opens with easy, step-by-step instructions (use the ‘next’ button to see each instruction). Soon, you will have your own cartoon art gallery that includes the following subjects:

  • surfer
  • chef
  • bunny
  • chimpanzee
  • panda
  • kitty
  • walrus
  • happy puppy
  • penguin
  • and more!

This is a great way to learn to draw painlessly.

View Amazing American Indian Art

September 18th, 2021

National Museum of the American Indian: Beauty Surrounds Us

(americanindian.si.edu/sites/1/files/pdf/exhibitions/BeautySurroundsUs-brochure.pdf)

Grades 2-12, with parental supervision; young students may enjoy looking at the photographs in this collection.

This PDF, from the National Museum of the American Indian, presents a “breathtaking presentation of Native American art.”

Enjoy scrolling through the photos and reading the descriptions:

  • Nurturing Identity – clothing
  • Recreation and Pastimes – objects used for games
  • Honor and Respect – items designating individuals of importance
  • Elegance of Presentation – adornment
  • Communication Through Sound – musical instruments
  • Tools of Existence – knives, arrows, tools, tool cases, bowls, etc.
  • Containing Culture – bags for holding things
  • Expressions of Movement – dancewear
  • Power of Transformation – masks
  • Design as Identity – traditional/indigenous designs and the incorporation of new materials and art forms

The point of this presentation is to increase appreciation for the beauty with which Native peoples have always had a natural desire to surround themselves.

Browse Extensive Art Collections from the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

August 21st, 2021

Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco

(art.famsf.org/)

All grades, 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 middle of the page. Or perhaps you would like to browse through collections based on what type it is. If so, scroll down and select the appropriate option from the menu on the left side of 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, 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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