I have just about the least amount of natural art talent of anyone I know. Stick figures are the highlight of my art portfolio. Thankfully, I married a fella with MAD art skills, so I hoped it would sort of even-out our gene pool. The boys were lucky that they took more after their dad than me.
But when dad’s not around, you can bet that if I want to teach art, it’s going to have to involve the computer somehow. So I thought I would share with you some of my favorite art-related sites on the web – – just in case – – like me – – your idea of modern art also happens to be those cool Google doodles at the top of your search page!
- Creativity Express Online– This awesome art program is like a full multimedia art curriculum. With great lessons on things like Lines, Shape and Form, and even Fibonacci! this is one of the premiere art programs available to homeschoolers. (Creativity Express is now offered as a free bonus elective for Time4Learning curriculum subscribers in grades 5 and up!!)
- Art Attacks – comprehensive collection of great projects that can be done at home. Also includes lists of everything you will need to accomplish each project.
- smART kids – Chicago Museum of Art’s website for children. Includes interactive games and activities that help kids (7-12) get a different perspective on art.
- KinderArt – probably one of the largest collections of free art lessons on the net!
- NGA Kids – The National Gallery of Art Kids site, which has some way-cool online art gadgets for exploring creativity
- Artcyclopedia – For looking up just about ANYTHING you could possibly want to know about art and artists
- In the Gallery – Explore both a traditional and modern art gallery and see how what you think about the pieces matches up with professional art critics
- The Power of Art – High School level material from the BBC about the affect art has on our thinking and our emotions.
- Eyes on Art – sequential series of activities that lead teachers/students through exploration of many different aspects of the visual arts
- Artsonia – and finally, what are you going to do with all that art your kids create? Well, you are going to upload it to Artsonia where you can not only share it with friends and family, but even turn it into cool gifts!