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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

Elementary Art 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: 

  • Texture Scavenger hunt – Use an old crayon with the paper peeled off and a recycled piece of paper to do rubbings of various texture inside and outside your home.  Practice writing letters with a different color on top of your rubbed designs. 
  • Shadow gestures – on a sunny day, go outside and play with your shadow, move around in different poses to observe how your body moves.   
  • If possible, do this on a sidewalk, driveway or playground with a friend or family member. If you have chalk, take turns tracing around your different poses. Fun tip: small bits of leftover sidewalk chalk can be crushed to powder and added to water to make a sidewalk chalk paint 

1st grade Ideas: 

  • Texture Scavenger hunt – Use an old crayon with the paper peeled off and a recycled piece of paper to do rubbings of various texture inside and outside your home.  Practice writing letters with a different color on top of your rubbed designs. 
  • Shadow gestures – on a sunny day, go outside and play with your shadow, move around in different poses to observe how your body moves.   

If possible, do this on a sidewalk, driveway or playground with a friend or family member. If you have chalk, take turns tracing around your different poses. Fun tip: small bits of leftover sidewalk chalk can be crushed to powder and added to water to make a sidewalk chalk paint. 

2nd grade Ideas: 

  • Shadow gestures – on a sunny day, go outside and play with your shadow, move around in different poses to observe how your body moves.   

If possible, do this on a sidewalk, driveway or playground with a friend or family member. If you have chalk, take turns tracing around your different poses. Fun tip: small bits of leftover sidewalk chalk can be crushed to powder and added to water to make a sidewalk chalk paint. 

3rd grade Ideas:  

  • Shadow gestures – on a sunny day, go outside and play with your shadow, move around in different poses to observe how your body moves.   

If possible, do this on a sidewalk, driveway or playground with a friend or family member. If you have chalk, take turns tracing around your different poses. Fun tip: small bits of leftover sidewalk chalk can be crushed to powder and added to water to make a sidewalk chalk paint. 

4th grade Ideas: Challenge yourself to draw or create every day, use these prompts for inspiration or come up with your own: 

  • Create a personal “picture bank” of symbols to represent common words like: me, family, friend, peace, love, school, happy, mad, hope, sad etc.  
  • Create an abstract design using the lines, patterns and textures found on the bottom of a shoe.  

5th grade Ideas: Challenge yourself to draw or create every day, use these prompts for inspiration or come up with your own: 

  • Create a personal “picture bank” of symbols to represent common words like: me, family, friend, peace, love, school, happy, mad, hope, sad etc. 
  • Create an abstract design using the lines, patterns and textures found on the bottom of a shoe. 

6th grade Ideas: Challenge yourself to draw or create every day, use these prompts for inspiration or come up with your own: 

  • Create a personal “picture bank” of symbols to represent common words like: me, family, friend, peace, love, school, happy, mad, hope, sad etc. 
  • Create an abstract design using the lines, patterns and textures found on the bottom of a shoe. 
 

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