Art Lessons Online For Kids
I don’t know about you, but when it comes to school my kids favorite subjects are art and lunch. Of course lunch was number one. They all just loved to pull out that clay, paint or paper and scissors and just create something. The bigger the mess the better. Art happens to be one of my favorite things to do as well and I have used so many different online ideas, library books – art for dummies, well you get the idea. Pinterest and YouTube have so many videos now as well.
You can start with the basics, say the color wheel, and learning the different elements of color. There is a great site on Pinterest called, Color Wheel Art. They have several ideas all related to the color wheel, and learning the warm and cool colors. The way they tie it together can be effective for all ages. As they get in the high school levels they will learn about color theory – hue / saturation / value. The more they will be detailing and bringing together all that they have learned. These are just a few of the very good online sites I have found.
- Jerry’s Artarama
- The Virtual Instructor
- Art Factory
- Artist Network
- Teach Art At Home
Keep in mind, well this is what I tell my kids, you can’t really mess up doing an art project. One child’s idea of how to draw an elephant, is different than another. Children’s levels and interests will be totally different, but each in their own way, can come up with a really cool thing.
On YouTube they have some great lessons on how to draw – they start with the very basic techniques and work their way into some super detailed projects. They teach about holding your pencil, shading, perspective – it’s just not about drawing a bowl of fruit anymore. I think it is so great that you can actually watch a video tutorial, get some of the basics down yourself, and then get a project ready for your children. Personally, I don’t normally buy any art curriculum because of all the information and ideas you can get online now.
There is no excuse not to get the creative juices flowing. As far as online goes, there are a ton of free sites that have lessons, with different skill levels. This makes it so great because if your children are in three different grades, you can basically do the same project, you need only adjust certain aspects to fit the age group. Now don’t get me wrong, for the little ones this would not work – once you get to middle school, give it a try.
Your Local Library
There are some really good art books at your local library – which I’m sure as a homeschooler, you have used the library many times by now. Once again, you don’t have to be a professional artist to make art fun for your children. They will appreciate taking a break during the day and heading to the library. You can take your pencils and pads with you. Many libraries today have areas to work, whether it be on computer or little sections with tables and chairs set up for you. Like the online videos and tutorials, these books are similar in how they talk you through each step of a project. These are a few books that I have seen and can help you as a beginner or for the high school students as well.
- Keys To Drawing, by Burt Dodson
- Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner, Claire Watson Garcia
- Draw Anything, by Arthur Zaidenberg
- Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You’ll Ever Need to Be the Artist You’ve Always Wanted to Be, by Kathryn Temple
Follow link to “Books and Supplies” to find where these books can be purchased.
My son loves to draw, and is always sketching little pictures everywhere. This is a way to find out what they really enjoy doing – gives you something to talk about and you will learn something else about your kids. He loves to draw sharks, but this has led to all kinds of animals that live in the deep. The bigger the teeth the better. I like to always encourage the kids to draw, paint, mold some clay – just use your hands and create whatever.
Ok, now who doesn’t like to make a mess with their hands, well just about every kid I know. Recently I made homemade play dough. This was really neat and the kids loved it. I get the plastic forks and knives so they can cut it up or make a snake or blocks to build a tower. Whatever they want to build, it doesn’t really matter, are they enjoying it, do they get a chance to use their mind for something other than Math. They need a change of pace just like the rest of us.
Recipe For Homemade Play Dough
- white flour – 1 cup
- warm water – 1 cup
- salt – 2 tbsp
- cream of tartar – 2 tbsp
- cooking oil – 2 tbsp
- Jello – 1 3oz pack
Another fun thing to build with is paper mache’, we’ve made our planets using this and I’m sure you’ve made an Earth or two in your day. The ingredients can’t be easier:
- Bowl of water-flour mixture (one part flour for two parts water) or use starch
- Tear strips of newspaper (1/4 – 1/2 in)
- A balloon
- – they even have continent printouts online they can color
So Time To Get Busy
Now I know these are just a few ideas for you to use, but my point was that there is so much information at your finger tips – please take advantage of it. You don’t have to pay a million dollars, get some basic supplies in the house so you have them on hand. Keep a project in mind while you’re out in case you need to pick up something extra from the store. But by all means, don’t give up, don’t think you have to be this great artist, and whatever you do – CREATE!by