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OPS At Home Learning: Art

Grade level resources

Art - Secondary School Enrichment

Art Enrichment (Middle School and High School)

Recommended minutes per day: 30-60 minutes

Your work for time you are at home is about learning how to use resources to support creative thinking. Artists and creative problem solvers use research and visual collections to spur their creative thinking. While home please build up your visual resources and practice observation skills to look closely for details. 

Materials:

Paper or sketchbook journal, pencil or other drawing tools, and possibly a device(if you have internet access).

Activities:

  • Drawing inspiration from around your home:
    • In 5 minutes select: one book, one still image, one minute of music, one object, and one moving image. Don’t think too much about your selection, select based on impulse.
    • In your journal or on a piece of paper, for each item: Do a quick sketch and write a sentence starting with “I chose this item because…” Fill in your answer by how the item was made and what compelled you to choose it.

  • 10 Artworks I like/10 Artworks I don’t like:
    • Look online at Google Art. Find and take snapshots of 10 artworks that you find pleasing​
    • Look online at Google Art. Find and take snapshots of 10 artworks that you don’t find pleasing​
    • Study the art you like, list the qualities you like.​
    • Study the art you don’t like, list the qualities you don’t like.

  • Sketches about You and Your World:
    • Sketch a portrait of a friend.
    • Create a still life with three things from your backpack, draw it.
    • Looking at a piece of furniture in your home or surroundings, draw it as accurately as possible, add details.

  • Three Artists – Choose 3 artists from a gallery or museum that inspire you:
  • Afterwards, research each artists to learn their biographies and previous work that may have led to the work that inspired you.​
  • Record this information in your sketchbook or paper

Met Kids

  • Explore The Met
  • Watch behind-the-scenes videos
  • Travel through more than 5,000 years of art
  • Discover fun facts about works of art
  • Try out creative projects for at home or in the galleries

Links to Omaha and Nebraska Art Galleries and Museums

Art Elementary School Enrichment

 Art - Prompt your child with questions: What inspires you? What experience can you remember to build on for your idea?  How can you use your imagination to create something for the future?  

Kindergarten Ideas: 

  • Cover a page with a variety of ovals and circles.
  • Fill a page with a pattern using letters from your name.
  • Do a crayon rubbing from the bottom of your shoe.
  • Create a design with torn pieces of paper. 
  • Draw thick and thin lines from top to bottom or side to side of your paper. 

1st grade Ideas: 

  •  Cover a page with a variety of ovals and circles.
  • Fill a page with a pattern using letters from your name.
  • Do a crayon rubbing from the bottom of your shoe.
  • Create a design with torn pieces of paper.
  •  Draw thick and thin lines from top to bottom or side to side of your paper.
  • Cover a page with a variety of ovals and circles.
  • Fill a page with a pattern using letters from your name.
  • Do a crayon rubbing from the bottom of your shoe.
  • Create a design with torn pieces of paper. 
  • Draw thick and thin lines from top to bottom or side to side of your paper.

3rd grade Ideas: 

  • Draw a picture of something sweet. 
  • Create a shape using your fingerprints. Hint – a washable magic marker can be used.
  • Trace the shape of your hand and draw designs inside.
  • Cut out words from a magazine, newspaper, recycled packaging etc. Of your favorite song. Glue to a page and add illustrations. 
  • Draw something from your dreams.

4th grade Ideas: 

  •  Draw a picture of something sweet. 
  • Create a shape using your fingerprints. Hint – a washable magic marker can be used.
  • Trace the shape of your hand and draw designs inside.
  • Cut out words from a magazine, newspaper, recycled packaging etc. Of your favorite song. Glue to a page and add illustrations. 
  • Draw something from your dreams.

5th grade Ideas: 

  • Write and illustrate about a boring or exciting event in your life.
  • Draw seven shapes with your eyes closed then connect them with lines. Add designs, lines and or color.
  • Create a literal drawing of your hand. 
  • Draw a person or animal in motion, emphasizing lines for movement. 
  • Set up a still life using ordinary objects from your surroundings, draw it keeping in mind overlapping and perspective.

6th grade Ideas: 

  • Write and illustrate about a boring or exciting event in your life.
  • Draw seven shapes with your eyes closed then connect them with lines. Add designs, lines and or color.
  • Create a literal drawing of your hand. 
  • Draw a person or animal in motion, emphasizing lines for movement. 
  • Set up a still life using ordinary objects from your surroundings, draw it keeping in mind overlapping and perspective. 

Tate Museum -

  • Play free games and quizzes
  • Find art activities
  • Explore homework help
  • Share your art with Tate Kids

National Gallery of Art -

  • NGAkids interactives offers an entertaining and informative introduction to art and art history  
  • Featuring a variety of art-making tools that encourage exploration and creativity, these computer-based activities are suitable for all ages

Smithsonian Learning Lab -

  • Smithsonian Learning Lab puts the treasures of the world's largest museum, education, and research complex within reach
  • The Lab is a free, interactive platform for discovering millions of authentic digital resources, creating content with online tools, and sharing in the Smithsonian's expansive community of knowledge and learning

Met Kids -

  • Explore The Met
  • Watch behind-the-scenes videos
  • Travel through more than 5,000 years of art
  • Discover fun facts about works of art
  • Try out creative projects for at home or in the galleries

Caves of Lascaux

  • Virtual tour of the caves of Lascaux, some of the earliest art created.

Unite for Literacy  Beautiful fiction and nonfiction books for young readers.  Majority are illustrated with color photographs from around the world.

Storyline Online -Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accomplished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books.

Words and Pictures: Literacy and Art - The site matches Language Arts activities to the works of art. The activities are intended for grades K-2 but can easily be aged up for older students.

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