To inspire the 4th graders this week, I had them look at the artwork of Adam Hillman HERE. For their assignment, I asked them to collect at least 20 items around their home and arrange them in an artful composition. The feedback that I got from the students is that they loved looking at Hillman's artwork and had fun creating their own. These are a few of the photos that I received of the 4th graders artwork:
This was such a fun and successful remote learning project with Kindergarten! They simply had to go around their home, collect items and make them into a face!
Well this school year has taken an unexpected 180° as we all transition to remote learning. I'll admit that this is something that I've never considered or planned for and it has been a whirlwind.
It has been really amazing seeing all of the hardworking, dedicated, passionate teachers helping each other out to create fun, and sometimes deep and meaningful art projects for our beloved students whom we miss dearly.
I am posting some fun websites and resources for teachers to utilize or use for inspiration as they create remote learning activities.
This website is a super fun platform to create symmetrical digital images. Begin by pushing "draw something" and then selecting the dot in the top left corner. This gives a bunch of options such as color, points of symmetry, and mirror across center. This is appropriate for most age groups and is really fun to experiment with!
This is basically a speed Pictionary game, the website assigns the player an image to draw and the computer guesses what the drawing is. It only gives you 20 seconds to do the drawings. It's silly and fun.
Art for Kids Hub is a super popular drawing Youtube channel. These are all step-by-step how to draw videos featuring fun characters, animals and seasonal images. These are a blast and are appropriate for most elementary age students.
This Youtube playlist is full of more advanced step-by-step drawings focusing on drawing human faces and perspective. These are appropriate for some 4th graders and up through Middle School age.
The National Gallery of Art Kid Zone program is for iPads and explores the Art world of portraits, still life, landscape, color field and more. This is created for kids aged 9-11 and is interactive but can be used by younger and older learners and artists as well.
Create abstract artwork using this digital platform. There are a bunch of different options for brushstrokes and painting styles but the used doesn't have a ton of control over the design. It is fun to experiment with but there is no option to delete your last addition which is frustrating.
Create your own graffiti/mural art with this program. Murals are such a popular form of art right now and this is a fun way to play with digital spray cans and stamps to create your own art. This would be a fun way to have students create a mural using their name or a specific subject matter.
Babble Dabble Do is full of exciting projects that merge art and science. Some of the projects need printed images and a variety of materials so they're not doable for all families. But these are great activities for those who have printers at home and lots of materials. Super cool stuff happening on this website!
Creative Bug is one of my favorite art websites ever and they have an entire section of videos for kids. This website does have a monthly fee, but I think it's just $5. This would be a great purchase for any students who really want to challenge themselves and push themselves as an artist. The videos are usually around 15 minutes to 2 hours long and are a craftspersons dream! There are origami, stitching, manga drawing, holiday crafts, printmaking, painting videos and sop much more!