Teaching the visual arts can be tricky during this era of distance learning. A big part of the headache comes from not knowing what resources are out there and which are best for your needs.
From drawing lessons with real artists and online art history games to printable worksheets and virtual museum tours, find all sorts of teacher-approved resources in this blog.
Tour Virtual Museums
Google Arts and Culture partnered with over 2,500 museums and galleries around the world to offer virtual tours of their spaces. Some of the options include New York's Museum of Modern Art and Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum
The Met has its own virtual tour guide to engage students with its exhibits. For many pieces of art, not only will you find concise information about it, but you'll also find mini activities that exercise imagination and creativity. They also made a "Time Machine" for users to jump to different time periods, geography, and big ideas that influenced artworks.
Engage with Real Artists
Mo Willems, the author of Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late is uploading daily drawing lessons to encourage learners to draw, doodle, and explore new ways of writing.
Carson Ellis, author and illustrator, will be posting art assignments on her Instagram page every weekday morning. If you want to share them, you can use the hashtags #quarantineartclub. She'll also provide individual hashtags for each exercise so everyone can see each other's work.
Rob Biddulph is an internationally bestselling and multi-award-winning children's author and illustrator. He is also the official World Book Day Illustrator for 2019, 2020 and 2021. During school closures, he launched a Youtube series of draw-along videos for children.
Play Online Art Games
These engaging games are an awesome way to introduce kids to art history. They also divided their content into "arts investigations" where kids can take a closer look into various art topics and ideas such as comparing different art styles and representations of daily life. There's even a series called "The Arts Adventurer" where you can virtually travel outside of the country to places like Paris or Newark to explore their unique artwork!
Read Online Articles
A selection of articles about the issues surrounding art appropriation. This series covers definitions of what art appropriation is, examples, the impact of art appropriation on the indigenous culture and questions of ownership.
A series of articles that use practical examples to examine and question the value of art and analyses how and why an object comes to be known as an artwork.
Anzuk reached out to their educators for resources they could share within their community. Beth Turner-Summerton, a Secondary Art Teacher kindly shared her amazing coloring pages with them. They are free, downloadable sheets that are great for both you and your students for mindful painting or coloring!
All Kids Network has thousands of fun kids activities like kids crafts, worksheets, colouring pages, printable mazes, dot to dot, hidden pictures and more. They have a wide array of printables along with instructions for simple crafts.
Explore Different Visual Arts Lessons
This YouTube channel contains step by step instructions on art projects including origami, 3D cards, clay pots, etc.
Explore art, animation, digital technologies, filmmaking, game making, and sustainability. You can browse many primary and secondary modules and units for yourself or start with highlighted lessons.
"How do you decide on the questions for a video interview? What about how it's going to be filmed? Catherine Marciniak and Benj Binks from ABC Open provide some great tips on scripting and storyboarding a video interview." There are 8 clips in total explaining how to make a mini-documentary.
Vyond's online animation software enables people of all skill levels to create dynamic videos with its prebuilt templates and useful features such as a library of royalty-free music.
Learn about Art Careers
Explore careers in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, book design, product design, film and theatre, architecture, animation, and environmental design. Students can learn about a specific professional in each field and do a simple activity related to the profession.
Mark Patullo describes his role and function in a Design team that designs the gallery spaces and exhibitions to present artworks in their best light. Patullo dives into the structure of the team and people involved and how his own role meets with specialists, tradesmen, engineers, electricians, builders, and other staff. He also discusses the necessary tools, skills, and knowledge required for his role.
(Original content is from our parent company, anzuk, that contacted their educators for help sourcing these great resources!)
What resources are you using during COVID-19?
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