The following is a post from contributing writer Dianna Kennedy.
I’m definitely no artist.
I struggle with the simplest stick drawings, and I worry about how to teach my children anything about art.
Luckily, there are a myriad of free art teaching resources online to help me out.
This site, geared for teachers, has videos on demand about various subjects. I spied a video library about introducing arts into every classroom that could be very helpful.
Need some ideas for an art project? This site is filled with everything from candles to wood crafts.
Once your artist have completed their creations, head over to this site and upload pictures of their work. This would be a wonderful way to look back over the year on your studies. There’s also a wide variety of lesson plans.
4. Chunky Monkey’s Cartoon Lessons
Cartoons are a form of art, too. This website takes you through step by step to draw a monkey, lion, turtle and more. (I should probably take a closer look and practice.)
This site is a bit difficult to navigate, but you’ll find a treasure trove of ideas for elementary art lessons. I love seeing pictures of the different techniques.
This fantastic website is full of free art lesson plans for toddlers through teenagers. I love the ideas for toddler art!
Ready to do an in-depth study of an artist? This website is a great start for comparing two contemporaries.
Interested in other artists? Don’t miss these resources for getting to know the world’s greatest artists.
Want to show your child the Mona Lisa? Interested in checking out Starry Night? Don’t miss this amazing resource with over 9,000 artists listed.
Your children can even try their hand at creating their own versions of famous masterpieces.
Let your children practice their own versions of famous paintings and sculptures with the resources found at Color Me Masterpiece.
This amazing website has lesson plans for children in kindergarten up to sixth grade. The lesson plans aren’t free, but if you peruse the site, you’ll find some free resources like this breakdown of basic art vocabulary and tips on planning your art curriculum.
Looking for more ways to teach art?
Don’t miss my friend (and fellow Homeschool Classroom writer) Colleen Kessler’s Free Resources for Elementary Teachers, Homeschool Classroom writer Rob’s site Art for Kids, and check out my latest Pinterest board: Resources for Teaching Art to Children.
Do you have a favorite free art resource that I missed? Please be sure and share your ideas in the comment section.
Dianna is the Catholic Queen Bee over at The Kennedy Adventures, where she’s the mother of five children, ranging from an infant to a high school senior. When she’s not inhaling glitter from art projects in her kitchen, you’ll find her training for her second half marathon this spring. Be sure to catch her on Facebook, Google +, late nights on Twitter, and spreading the love on Pinterest.
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I am not an artist either, and my son (6th grade) struggles with it as well. He would much rather play a video game than draw or paint. However, I felt that I had to do something with him this year.
I found a great website that offers free lesson plans for middle schoolers and high schoolers, as well as videos that you can watch. So far we have done the lessons on color theory, making clay figures and one-point perspective. We do each lesson over two weeks – that way it’s not too overwhelming. So far, my son has enjoyed the addition of art into our school day.