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Online art lessons bring kids’ favorite artists into the living room
With schools closed across the country, kids are hanging inside the house more this spring than ever before. Coupled with recommendations to work from home, you may be scrambling to find ways to keep your kids occupied while you get your work done. But have no fear. Online art lessons are here.
Children love the chance to express themselves, so art lessons and projects are a great way for them to have fun at home. There are many online resources you can turn to if you are looking for ideas. Below are a few of our favorites.
1) National Gallery of Art Kids
The National Gallery of Art is currently closed because of the coronavirus pandemic. But their library of stellar online learning resources is still open to anyone excited to explore.
A good place to start is the NGAkids Art Zone app, which offers eight interactive activities inspired by artwork held in the National Gallery of Art. Both fun and educational, children can learn about Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and more, all while in their pjs.
You never know — this may bring out the inner Picasso in your kids, and inspire a road trip to Washington, DC, to check out the gallery in person once this is all over.
2) Deep Space Sparkles
If you are looking for a few quick art lesson ideas, look no further than Deep Space Sparkle’s Art Lesson Library. This is a database of art lesson videos where your children can follow along at home.
What makes this library stand out is how organized it is. You can pick lessons based on grade level (K-6), time available and art techniques. If your kids need a quick pre-dinner activity, the Quick and Easy art lessons require fewer than 45 minutes and are simple to complete.
The organization-by-art technique is especially convenient as you can pick activities based on the art supplies you have on hand. So break out the markers or watercolor paints and watch the creativity unfold!
3) Virtual art classes from artists
Your favorite children’s book illustrators ands artist are taking to the web to provide online art lessons that can be done at home.
Mo Willems, the author and illustrator of the Elephant & Piggie book series, has been posting live videos daily where children can doodle along with him. As the Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence, he has been teaching kids how to draw his popular Pigeon and Piggie characters. This is a great daily after-lunch activity for your children, with activity pages available for download through the Kennedy Center website.
Jarrett Krosoczka is another author who is providing virtual art lessons for kids stuck at home. He teaches the basics of illustration, including how to draw body proportions, expressions and more. His daily art lessons are posted on his YouTube channel, making it accessible for children and families alike.
4) Freeform art activities
Needing even more art projects ideas for your kids? Tap into your children’s imagination by asking them to invent an animal. In addition to drawing the animal, ask them to build a world around this animal; including what do they eat, how long and where do they live? You can also ask them to design a city or draw their favorite TV show or movie character.
During these uncertain times, keeping a routine for children is important to manage their stress. Provide an outlet for their imagination and creativity by using the art resources available online.
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