Posts Tagged ‘art lessons’

Enter the World of Jan Brett

June 21st, 2014


It’s Saturday, June 21, 2014, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:


The World of Jan Brett


Age Range: 5-18 (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 are the video art lessons. Join Ms. Brett as she teaches visitors to draw some of the characters from her books such as:
  • Cinders – A Chicken Cinderella
  • Mossy -An Eastern Box Turtle
  • A dolphin
  • A chick
  • A moose
  • A hedgehog
  • A creature of the deep
  • A giraffe
  • A bear
  • A Dassie
  • An elephant
  • Dots and Stripes – Two African Animals
  • A bunny
  • Gingerbread Baby, Friends and Peppermint Puppy
  • Horses
  • African Okapi
  • A lion
  • A rhinoceros
  • A polar bear
  • A stork
  • A Siberian Husky
  • A viper fish
  • A train
  • A whale

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

Free Art Lessons & Interactives!

April 27th, 2013

Hi!  It’s Saturday, April 27, 2013 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

The Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge Lessons

Age Range: 5-18 (Grades K-12, with parental supervision)

The Kennedy Center sponsors this website that provides multimedia activities and in-depth lessons on Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts integrated with other subjects such as Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, and Technology. 

When you get to the site you’ll see some featured lessons and a “Lesson Finder” search engine. Simply select:

*Grade Band

  • K-4
  • 5-8
  • 9-12  

*Arts Subject

  • Dance
  • Literary Arts
  • Media Arts
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

*Other Subject

  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Physical Education
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Technology
  • World Languages

Click “Find” and a new page opens displaying the title and description of the lesson. Click on a title and another page opens displaying the lesson overview and objectives. Then, just click on the arrows to get the instructions and activities with links to resources such as printable worksheets and other materials. Some of the lessons include an online interactive game.

You will be astounded by the scope and depth of the material provided. It is designed for classroom teachers but can be adapted by home educators. There are even tips for how to  prepare to present the material to your students in a way they will enjoy. High school students shouldn’t have any problem navigating these lessons independently, although parents (as always) should review the content to determine suitability.


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.

Keith Haring Art Lessons for Kids

December 4th, 2010

Hi!  It’s Saturday, December 4, 2010 and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Age Range: All (with parental guidance and 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 exhibit of kids’ artwork and pictures of kids in art classes along with 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.

Incredible Resource for FREE Art Lessons

September 12th, 2009

Recommended Website:
Princeton Online: Incredible Art Department

Age Range: 4-18 (Grades Pre-K to High School)

This site offers an archive of links to FREE art lessons for every age and grade range. When you get to the site, use the menu on the left side of the screen to find art lessons for a particular grade level. Click on the grade level of choice and a new page opens displaying a menu of “how-to” art lessons in a wide range of styles and mediums including:

  • Art of the Inca
  • Foil Masks
  • Ceramic Owls
  • Clay Figures
  • Collage
  • Dolls from Bottles
  • Figure and Portrait Drawing
  • Fine Art Paper Dolls
  • Fresco Paintings
  • Homemade Paper
  • Interior Design
  • Metal Sculpture
  • Origami
  • Painting
  • Paper Mache
  • Pen & Ink Drawings
  • Recycled Robots
  • Shaving Cream Pictures
  • Sponge Painting
  • Tessellations
  • Watercolor Lessons
  • Weaving
  • Yarn and Raffia Coil Baskets
  • And much, much, much more!

You’ll even find art history activities and art games. Just click on the lesson of interest to you and a new page opens with the lesson description, materials list, and links to further resources. Many of the lessons and resources take you to other sites on the web, so AS ALWAYS PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW THE MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT.

Once you’ve explored the lessons, do yourself a favor and explore the many resources for art education using the menu bar at the top of the webpage. Bookmark this site as you’ll want to return again and again.


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Free Online Video Art Lessons for Kids

December 6th, 2008

Recommended Website:
Mark Kistler’s Online Video Art Academy

Age Range: 4-13+ (Grades PreK-8, approximately)

ClickScholar MaryAnna recommended this website featuring free video art lessons with Mark Kistler who has taught millions of children worldwide how to draw in 3-D over the past 30 years through his hit children’s public television series “The Secret City,” “The Draw Squad,” and “Imagination Station.” He has also written and illustrated many popular children’s drawing books. Kistler’s philosophy is explained at his website:

“Mark deeply believes that learning how to draw in 3-D builds a child’s critical thinking skills while nourishing self-esteem. His positive messages on self-image, goal setting, dream questing, environmental awareness and the power of reading have inspired millions of children to discover their awesome individual potential.”

Kistler sells art lessons in a variety of media and packages on his website. He also offers 4 free, sample video lessons that your children are sure to enjoy.

When you get to the website, click on the words “Hey Look!” to gain access to the free videos. (Note: The free videos change randomly from time to time. Bookmark the site and return again to see if the rotation has changed to access the other free videos.)

Kistler maintains another website as well — the Mark Kistler School of Imagination

Here, you can access some free sample drawing lessons and games. The site is a little confusing to navigate. Click on “Lessons” on the menu bar and read the text for an explanation of how it works. Or, just start clicking around and investigating on your own. Eventually, you’re sure to see all of the fun freebies.

Again, these are commercial websites that offer some free sample 3-D art lessons in both text and video format. You don’t have to purchase anything to enjoy the handful of free lessons available.


Are You The Parent of a Preschooler? You’ll Love Universal Preschool’s Learning Calendar! It’s chock-full of fun, easy activities & time-saving resources for learning with little ones all year long! Get your copy today…

DID YOU MISPLACE A ClickSchooling Review? Do you need to find an educational website — fast! Visit the ClickSchooling archives.