Educational Art Sites For Kids

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The Artist’s Toolbox

Art in homeschools usually consists of drawing, craft kits and craft projects. These are all great ways to explore art and are easy for parents to implement.

Once in while, though, it’s a good idea to teach a little art theory. This is where The Artist’s Toolbox comes in.

The Artist’s Toolbox is a free site from The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It offers an illustrated art encyclopedia and movies of real artists in action. Best of all, though, is its exploration section.

The exploration section of the site has animated demonstrations on the tools of line, color, space, shape, balance and movement. After each demonstration your child can locate the use of the tool on real-life works of art and then create his own art using the same tool.

The Artist’s Toolkit is a easy-to-use site. Both you and your child will enjoy it.

KinderArt

I’m a big fan of teaching arts and crafts to kids. I believe everyone needs a creative outlet, and art projects provide one. Plus, art improves small motor skills.

Even if art just isn’t your “thing”, it’s still possible to provide a great program for your child. A wonderful website, called Kinder Art, has everything you need to create lesson plans for basic subjects like drawing, painting, sculpture, and much more. It also has lesson plans on more esoteric subjects such as architecture, textiles, folk art and multicultural art.

Kinder Art is virtually a one-stop resource for everything you’ll ever need in the art lesson department.

Crayola Creativity Center

Crayola Creativity Central is chock full of fun and inexpensive crafts for kids, educational materials for teaching and great reads for parents.

Obviously, at the center of the site are the 1000 + coloring pages.  The coloring pages are divided into:

Other Important Stuff:

The Games and Fun area has a card creator, certificate maker and over 20 ideas for outdoor games.

The Crayola Crafts section has tons of craft ideas utilizing Crayola products.

There are two extra bonus sections for educators and parents.  The section for educators has curriculum ideas for young children, lesson plans and some nice printables.  The parent’s section has printable travel games, lots of party planning freebies and an eight page pdf on encouraging creativity in kids.

Crayola Creativity Central is an absolute don’t-miss site.  Even if your child doesn’t enjoy crafts there is still lots to read, print and do.

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Comments: 2

  1. Craft Stew – what cool name and a cool site. I humbly submit my online art lesson site for your consideration..

    How to Draw and Paint Smart.com

    http://www.how-to-draw-and-paint-smart.com/

    Description: Online art lessons for kids by professional artists.

    Get your start in art here by working on fun projects you’ll enjoy! Don’t worry, you will learn technique and color theory and other cool stuff along the way. Most importantly, we want you to have fun creating first. Whether you just started drawing and painting or you are just now getting back to it. Expect some mistakes while you learn how to draw and paint and don’t worry about it! You have to walk before you can run.

    Regards,

    Michael Thoenes

  2. The artists toolkit is a great site for kids (and anyone actually)…they have a great resource for learning about drawing in perspective too. I know this because I run 2 art sites for kids …

    http://www.drawinghowtodraw.com/ (A site with 100s of drawing lessons, online drawing tools, as well as a library full of 1000s of drawing tutorials elsewhere on the net.)

    and

    http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/ (A great place for kids, parents, and teachers to find fun arts and crafts activities, color book pages, paper folding instructions, and much more.)

    Thanks for the great list.
    Rachel

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