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Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Freebies: Art Resources

Earlier this week, I talked about exploring art in an informal way, but we do pursue some more formal art studies in our homeschool.

Here are some of the things we use:

Meet the Masters is a free to download 247 page pdf that includes all you need to introduce elementary kiddos (K-5) to history’s great painters. Includes full color prints of the masters’ works (you can print them on high quality paper or just view them on your computer), discussion questions, and art activities.

A well-known illustrator of children’s books, Jan Brett, has a page of video drawing lessons on her site.

The ABCs of Art is a series of handouts in the elements and principles of art from Awesome Artists, available both in color and in black and white.

The Art Project powered by Google has virtual tours of art museums around the world.

Famous Paintings: Art Appreciation Lessons for Kids has been a wonderful resource for art appreciation. I ask the children to choose a picture that interests them and then we explore that artist. Includes biographical information and other works.

The National Gallery of Art Kids (NGA Kids) has a plethora of interactive online activities for exploring art.

Do you have any free resources that you use for art in your homeschool?

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