Art Web Sites for Children:
Resources for Parents and Teachers
An Annotated Bibliography
1) Children's Museum of Indianapolis, "Arts Workshop," <http://www.childrensmuseum.org/artsworkshop/index2.html> (1 October 2001).
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has done a great job putting together a highly interactive site. A child can make an animated multimedia puppet show using images of puppets from the museum, various backgrounds and a choice of sound music samples. Alternatively, she might explore sculpture, or get ideas for activities to do at home.
2) Colin Smith, "Great Art Ideas for Special Artists," <http://www.edbydesign.com/specneedsres/specialart/index.html> (1 October 2001).
Here is a site with art ideas for young people and adults with disabilities. The site is not yet complete, but ideas for working with clay, and painting are accessible. This might be just the place to look for how to adapt an activity at home or in the classroom.
3) Craig Roland, "The @rt Room," 7 April 2001, <http://www.arts.ufl.edu/art/rt_room/index.html> (1 October 2001).
Dr. Roland's "The @rt Room" is a highly popular site. It is a general art site with games, ideas, links to other art-related sites, a gallery where children can submit their art, and a link to teacher resources.
4) Educational Web Adventures (Edweb), "A. Pintura Art Detective," <http://www.eduweb.com/pintura/index.html> (1 October 2001).
Designed by the very talented people at Educational Web Adventures,
A. Pintura Art Detective" is an extremely interactive detective story in which the user helps A. Pintura identify the artist of a painting. As the "detective" solves the case, such skills as deductive reasoning, and art comparison are taught. The site also cleverly clarifies aspects of different painting styles.
5) Educational Web Adventures (Edweb) and National Museum of Wildlife Art, "Art Tales: Telling Stories with Wildlife Art," <http://www.wildlifeart.org/ArtTales/index.html> (1 October 2001).
In this collaboration between Edweb and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, users are able to create stories or field guides, or pretend to be museum curators. Writing skills are required for these activities, as the user provides written commentary to accompany the paintings he/she chooses. Final results can be posted on the Web site for others to see.
6) Encyclopedia Smithsonian. <http://www.si.edu/resource/faq/> (30 September 2001).
The Smithsonian Museums in Washington D.C. are, of course, amazing depositories of art, history, science and culture. The Encyclopedia Smithsonian links to Smithsonian resources on a range of subjects. Clicking on the "Art," link leads to a page with a variety of links for subjects such as "African Art," "American Art," "American Crafts," and "Portraiture."
7) Google Search Engine. <http://www.google.com> (30 September 2001).
Google seems to be the most popular search engine, and for good reason. Its results are based on the popularity of the sites located, so the best and most popular sites are first on the list. To find more children's art sites, search using terms such as: "art children," "arts and crafts children," and "art activities children."
8) Group 23 Solutions, "The Idea Box, Seasonal," 1 October 2001, <http://www.theideabox.com/ideas.nsf/seasonal> (1 October 2001).
Here is the place to look for activities to go with every holiday from Black History Month, to Grandparents Day, to Kwanzaa. Holidays are listed alphabetically. Clicking on a holiday yields links to "activities," "crafts," "songs," and/or "recipes" related to the holiday. Typical activities include making an African village, Colorful Suncatchers, or a Kwanzaa mat. Time estimates and appropriate age ranges are provided for each craft activity.
9) Internet Oracle Inc., "Freeality Internet Search," <http://www.freeality.com/> (30 September 2001).
"Freeality Internet Search" compiles free online reference sources. It links to groups of search engines, meta-search engines, encyclopedias, maps and directions, company finders, and arts & entertainment, for example. Links from this site to encyclopedias and to museum sites were useful in forming this pathfinder's bibliography.
10) John Hagen, "Learning how
to Draw: Illustrated Lesson Notes for Teachers,"
<http://www.geocities.com/~jlhagan/K9-14/introduction.htm> (1 October 2001).
Created by the painter John Hagen, this site presents a series of continuous drawing lessons to be presented to older children. Abundant examples assist the teacher in presenting the information correctly.
11) Julie Vickery, "Christmas at the Holiday Zone: Arts and Crafts," <http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Troy/9087/christmas/cart.html> (1 October 2001).
Look here for ideas for very easy winter, Christmas and Hanukkah art activities. Activities are listed on the home page; click on the name of the project for instructions and patterns. These activities are suitable for very young children.
12) Keith Haring Foundation, "Haring Kids," <http://www.haringkids.com/> (1 October 2001).
Children can manipulate Keith Haring drawings by moving them, coloring them, and morphing them, as well as adding text to explain "who," where" and "what," is going on in select paintings at this site. Lesson plans are provided as well.
13) Marilyn Brackney, "Marilyn's Imagination Factory," <http://www.kid-at-art.com/> (1 October 2001).
This site offers a new approach to recycling: making art from trash. It shows major projects the creators have completed, offers ideas for projects at home and school, offers lessons about recycling, and has an archive of past activities. The site also offers a "Badge Matcher" to assist Girl Scout troop leaders with determining how their troops can earn badges by completing the activities.
14) Mary Ann Kohl, "Brightring.com," 30 August 2001, <http://www.brightring.com/> (1 October 2001).
Though this site's primary purpose is to sell Bright Ring Activity books, it has a large archive of arts and crafts activities that have been featured on the site back to 1999. The easy, well-explained activities are organized by the season and year in which they were featured. Some sample activities include: seashell wind chimes, plastic bird feeder, a totem pole, and basic art dough. Some activities are in the style of famous artists like Winslow Homer and Andy Warhol.
15) Michael Delahunt, "Artlex: Art Dictionary," 27 September 2001, <http://www.artlex.com> (1 October 2001).
Although this site is not geared toward children, it is too good to omit. It lists literally thousands of terms and artists with active cross-links and wonderful visual accompaniments.
16) National Gallery of Art, "NGA Kids: Adventures with Art--Activities and Projects," <http://www.nga.gov/kids/kids.htm> (30 September 2001).
The National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C, houses a world-class collection of paintings, sculpture and graphic arts from the Middle Ages to the present. Their children's page is geared toward upper elementary students who can read fairly well. Activities include a virtual tour of the sculpture garden with Lizzy and Gordon, a brother and sister, and explorations of works by such artists as Tissot, Kandinsky and Catlin.
17) Sanford, "Art Education and Art Adventures from Sanford and a Lifetime of Color," <http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/> (1 October 2001).
Sanford, the company that manufactures Sharpies markers is responsible for the existence of this site, but the design, again, is from Eduweb. They have created a good teaching site. It demonstrates concepts of art, offers ideas and demos for activities, has resources for teachers, artist biographies, and a glossary. Most activities are for older elementary age students. A drawback is that one purpose of the site is to sell Sanford products so product names are prominently mentioned.
18) Smithsonian American Art Museum, "Bottlecaps to Brushes: Art Activities for Kids,"<http://www.nmaa.si.edu/education/kids/cappy/main.html> (30 September 2001).
In this site, "Cappy, the Bottlecap Giraffe" leads children on a virtual tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Selected works of art are discussed, and nine related art activities are included. Activities regarding Chicano and Native American cultures are included as well as such concepts as story telling and interpretation of paintings.
19) Telenaut Communications, "Global
Show 'n' Tell Museum,"
<http://www.telenaut.com/gst/> (30 September 2001).
20) The Teacher's Guide, "Art Lesson Plans," <http://www.theteachersguide.com/Artlessonplans.html> (1 October 2001).
This is a nice way for children to see artwork created by their peers across the world. The "museum" is divided into "galleries" where art by children ages 0 to 17 is grouped by age; each gallery is named after an endangered species. The artists' names and hometowns and links to other sites that display children's art are given as well.
Art lesson plans are listed here by appropriate age group and by type of art. Plans for grades 1-12 are included, and types of art such as drawing, painting, sculpture, and multicultural art are represented. Art history lesson plans, as well as choices from The Incredible Art Department (<http://homepage.mac.com/krohrer/iad/textindex.html>) are also listed.
21) "Tools for Child Development through Art Education," <http://wwwed.sturt.flinders.edu.au/DLT/2000/Web/begin.htm> (30 September 2001).
Though this web-page is a student project, it is well documented and provides useful information for teachers and parents seeking knowledge about the developmental stages of art, why art is important to a curriculum, and how to make art a part of a classroom environment.
22) Tracy Pearson, "Art/Crafts for Kids," 1 October 2001, <http://artforkids.tqn.com/> (1 October 2001).
Ms. Pearson updates this About.com site daily with new ideas for activities. The site always contains ideas for crafts, recipes, lesson plans, and information about art history.
23) U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, "AskEric Lesson Plans," Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC), <http://askeric.org/cgi-bin/lessons.cgi/Arts> (1 October 2001).
ERIC is a huge source of educational information. This page, which contains art lesson plans, has links to such divisions as: architecture, visual arts, computers in art and art history. Clicking on any of the division headings yields multiple lesson plans with appropriate age groups. The "Visual Arts" section contains the most lesson plans.
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