Posts Tagged ‘art’

Explore the Life and Work of M.C. Escher

June 19th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, June 19, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour: M.C. Escher – Life and Work

(https://www.nga.gov/features/slideshows/mc-escher-life-and-work.html)

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

 

The National Gallery of Art sponsors this site that offers a virtual tour of the artwork of M.C. Escher

If your students have studied math tessellations they may have been introduced to some of Escher’s work already – as he used patterns of interlocking forms and architectural mazes in his artwork. He also created unusual spatial effects by drawing a picture from different perspectives, for instance, looking up and down at the same time. Escher really contributed to the idea of metamorphosis drawing where one shape or object turns into something completely different. This tour offers examples of all of these aspects of his work and most kids will find the “morph” prints and drawings especially fascinating.

When you get to the site you can read the “Overview” for a biography and explanation of Escher’s work. Then click on the right arrow to view all of the many works in this virtual gallery. Each piece of art comes with a text explanation that helps the viewer to appreciate what they are looking at.

Lesson Plans about Insects!

June 9th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Orkin: Science Education

(www.orkin.com/scienceeducation)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

Orkin Pest Control Company provides lessons plans and activities about the world of insects.

When you get to the site, scroll down to Orkin Man Lesson Plans and Activities & Coloring. The lesson plans include: 

  • Are You One of Us? – insect classification
  • The Art of Flying – how wings work
  • Is Seeing Believing? – compare images and drawings
  • Feeding Frenzy – how insects eat
  • Feeling Buggy – creative writing exercise

The Activities & Coloring section includes worksheets, coloring pages and interactive games all about bugs!

And check out this site: CockroachFacts. You’ll find not only easy-to-digest scientific fun facts, but also deeper information about life cycles, habitats, and other topics important to K-12 education.

Priceless Art Study Resources

June 6th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, June 6, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Educator Resources

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

Age Range: 6-18 (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.

Learn To Draw With Uncle Fred

May 16th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, May 16, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Draw and Color with Uncle Fred

(http://www.unclefred.com/)

Age Range: 5-13 (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.

Breathtaking Exhibit About Native Cultures!

April 25th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, April 25, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Beauty Surrounds Us

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

Age Range: 7-18 (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.

Free Middle Ages Interactives!

April 9th, 2020

 

It’s Thursday, April 9, 2020, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Learner.org: Middle Ages

(www.learner.org/series/interactive-the-middle-ages/)

Age Range: 14-18 (Grades 9-12, with parental supervision)

 

This multi-media, interactive presentation on the Middle Ages was developed for High School students. It’s designed in such a way, that you can briefly touch on the topics or explore them in-depth.

When you get to the site you’ll see a welcome message. Click “Enter” and a new page opens with a menu that includes: 

  • Feudal Life – Learn about the feudal system, nobility, serfs, and The Magna Carta.
  • Religion – Explore Catholic cathedrals including Amiens and Notre Dame, learn about monastic life and pilgrimages.
  • Homes – Take a virtual tour of a medieval village and compare the living quarters of noblemen and peasants.
  • Clothing – Find out what kind of clothing was worn by peasants and nobles. Get information on the textiles of the medieval period.
  • Health – Get information on hygiene, disease (including the Black Death), and medieval medicine and remedies.
  • Arts & Entertainment – Find out how art and music developed from religious liturgy. View some hunting-themed tapestries.
  • Town Life – Read about trade and the marketplace in medieval Europe, as well as town governments.

In each section you’ll find links to further learning resources as well.

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