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This post was inspired by Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips. It is one part of her post on how to keep kids active during the summer months using Digital activities. Check out her extensive ideas!
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Online Art Lessons.
Very young kids all seem to love colouring, whether in books or on blank sheets of whatever paper you have lying around, colouring keeps them happy for quite a long time.
Mighty Mommy writes — “Thanks to cutting edge technology, there are now dozens of ways kids can get creative without touching a crayon or marker. The National Gallery of Art hosts an interactive site called NGAkids. Here, your young Picasso can learn all about art history by exploring a variety of on-line art-making tools where they can draw, paint and dabble. There are hours of inspired activities for all age levels (including parents!).” See Also: 4 Reasons You’ll Absolutely Love Adult Coloring Books
Oh, my goodness, and she ain’t kidding! Take a look, but don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Thanks to cutting edge technology, there are now dozens of ways kids can get creative without touching a crayon or marker.
Some other resources for different art lessons
At Jerry’s Artarama, Watch over 2,000 free video art lessons for all skill levels.
1841 Train, The Weekly Standard, Raleigh NC, 26 May 1841 page 3. Downloaded from Newspapers.com March 2017
“Our Free Video Art Lessons aren’t just for adults and serious artists, we have creative art video projects for kids, too! Encourage the creativity of your own budding artist and watch their imagination bloom. Enjoy spending quality time with your child or grandchildren in these easy and exciting projects, and make more than merely fun memories by fostering their artistic spirit! Learn painting, drawing, art projects and more”
Looking at just this one page, I find lessons on one- and two-point perspective, Cartoon drawing faces, characters, optical illusions. I found lessons on adding form and shading and shadowing; drawing hands and using the rule of thirds. I found also, lessons on screenprinting, paper mache, using oils, doing landscapes, watercolour resist and a pattern study on a cathedral. Cool stuff for adults, too!
Sparketh looks like it is designed for homeschool learners, which also means it works for everybody else. Online learning using video, worksheets, for five dollars. I haven’t signed up so I am not sure if it is for the entire site or if you pay 5$ for each lesson. Still not a bad price!
Give your child the best art education at home. Homeschool Curriculum; After School Learning; Self-Learning. Join for just 5$.
Learning art with Sparketh is fun and effective. Gain unlimited access to a library of 500+ bite-sized video lessons taught by talented mentors. With new courses added to the library weekly, you will never run out of new things to learn. Spark your creativity.
Printouts, worksheets and course files included at no extra cost. Ad free for ages 8-18. Over 500 video lessons in shading techniques, drawing a tree frog, drawing a glass of water, mixing with oil pate and balance in art among many others.
Khan Academy Art History
I have always enjoyed viewing classic art pieces, trying to figure out how these people lived. Khan Academy is a classic in online education to begin with, especially for the STEM courses — Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics. But they also include Art History. These may be geared more for the older child, but you can learn to appreciate good art pieces together at any age. Here you can learn how to analyze works of art, learn about contrapposto, foreshortening and chiaroscuro. What’s not to like?
Botticelli, S. (1480). Magnificat Madonna. Retrieved from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Renaissance_art#/media/File:Magnificatio.jpg
Butler, C. (2017, June 18). From Audiobooks to Art Lessons—5 Fun, Digital Activities for Kids. Retrieved March 26, 2018, from Mighty Mommy’s Quick and Dirty Tips: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/productivity/learning/from-audiobooks-to-art-lessons-5-fun-digital-activities-for-kids
Jerry’s Artarama. (2018). Watch Over 2000 Free Video Art Lessons. Retrieved from Jerry’s Artarama: http://www.jerrysartarama.com/free-art-instruction-videos/skill-level/kids
Khan Academy. (2018). Art history. Retrieved from Khan Academy ARts and Humanities: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/art-history
NGAkids. (2017). NGAkids Art Zone. Retrieved from National Gallery of ARt: https://www.nga.gov/education/kids.html
Sparketh. (n.d.). Sparketh. Retrieved from Sparketh.com: https://sparketh.com/