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Elementary Division: Remote Learning

Art Educator Toolkit

Who Am I? Art and Identity - Virtual Tour by Palmer Museum of Art
This interactive virtual museum tour designed for students in grades 5+ features a selection of objects from diverse areas of the Palmer Museum of Art’s collection, related through an exploration of personal or cultural identity. Featured artists include: Laylah Ali, Willie Cole, Roberto Lugo, Violet Oakley, Cindy Sherman, Andy Warhol, and more. Support for this project provided by Art Bridges.

Kids’ Educational Websites & Learning Resources Guide
Sitejabber’s guide walks parents through kids’ online educational resources by subject. From crowdsourced data on over 2M users, Sitejabber covers which platforms to select based on your kids’ needs, pricing or free services, the suitable age range and fun virtual activities.

NAEA Town Call Conversation | Art Education and School Year 2020-21: Navigating Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Instruction in the COVID-19 Landscape

Sharing solutions and support for success in this unique school year is our goal for this conversation. Join expert guides as they communicate how they are navigating the current landscape as supervisors, administrators, and classroom practitioners. Gain perspective from various vantage points and walk away with practical ideas for immediate use whether you’re faced with the challenges and opportunities of remote, in-person, or hybrid learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Davis Publications Free Resources
Teaching Art Online, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, SchoolArts online, lessons, and more…

Amazing Educational Resources - 1129 Resources!
Share educational resources and support each other as a community of educators!

How to Properly Wash Your Hands!
An official hand-washing guide from medical professionals.

Palmer Museum of Art-African Brilliance
The Palmer Museum of Art has released a virtual tour of their special exhibition “African Brilliance”. This tour features clickable navigation through installation images, high resolution images of selected works, video “discussion” of selected works, and demo videos of art activities inspired by works included.

Impressionism on a Vinyl Record
This is a video teaching link. The video contains information about Impressionism and how to paint with acrylic paint. It also includes a lesson on watercolor on a coffee filter and painting on a paper plate. The art of Van Gogh and Monet are used as examples.

Barn Quilts
Barn Quilts is a video presentation by Kim Soule. Students will be introduced to the art of quilts and barn quilts. They can choose to create a quilt square in a variety of ways including, markers on a post it note, painting on cardboard, square canvas or painting on a large piece of styrofoam.

Fantastic Flipbooks
This video lesson was created for k-4 students but could easily work for middle school students. In this lesson students learn how to create a flip book. The art word of the day is animation. The artist connection is “the flippist.”

Magnificent Map Making
This video art lesson was designed for grades k-5 but is easily applicable for middle school students. In this lesson students learn how to create an Illustrated map. The art word of the day is cartography and the artist connection is Nate Padavick.

Game Design Challenge
Learning from home creates obstacles. These obstacles can help motivate us to redesign something as fun as a game. Within this 4-week unit students are challenged to ask, learn, imagine, design, build, then share, reflect and redesign a game. This unit was designed for middle school students in grade 6-8 but can be adapted for other ages.
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Repository of Distance Learning from Museums
With children and learners everywhere out of school for the foreseeable future, museums across the continent have come together to share their distance learning with you. Use the pull-down filters below to find the best programs and resources for your needs.

Skype with an Archaeologist in Ancient Corinth, Greece!
Behind the scenes photos from the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth and the ongoing excavations in Ancient Corinth by the American School of Classical studies show what it’s like to work as an archaeologist in Greece!

Variety of slide share examples for Elementary
ELEM In this Google Folder you will find an Elementary Art Guide to Online Learning and several examples of activities used with Lincoln Public Schools students. Efforts were made to find fair use images or to receive permission from artists.

#togetherweARTbetter…Art Lessons Kids Can Do From Home!
#togetherweARTbetter is more relevant than ever before so enjoy this video and this packet of 15 art lessons that can be geared for all levels of learners!
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Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Hosting Virtual Tours
A dozen of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic designs are available to explore as part of the #WrightVirtualVisits initiative. Some links available on this page, others require Instagram.

Getty Artworks Recreated with Household Items by Creative Geniuses the World Over
Recreate your favorite art using just three objects lying around home using digitized and downloadable artworks from Getty’s online collection. https://blogs.getty.edu/iris/getty-artworks-recreated-with-household-items-by-creative-geniuses-the-world-over/

Adobe Education Exchange
The Adobe Education Exchange is the free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators, to ignite creativity in the classroom.

Art21 Educators’ Guides
Educator Guides are designed to be used as a resource in the classroom before, during, and after viewing Art21 films. These guides provide information about selected artists and themes, questions for classroom discussions, and hands-on activities that provide students with a fundamental understanding of creative and critical thinking processes.

Tech Giants Come Together to Offer Free Lessons!
Media, Education and Tech Giants Come Together to Offer Free Lessons, Activities During Pandemic — All in One Curated Place! The site brings together content from a diverse group of companies to help students, teachers and families find free, reliable resources while school buildings are shuttered.

12 World Class Museums You Can Visit Online
Virtual museum tours for: The Louvre; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The National Gallery Of Art; The British Museum; Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History; The Metropolitan Museum Of Art; The Dalí Theatre-Museum; Nasa; The Vatican Museums; The National Women’s History Museum; The National Museum Of The United States Air Force; The Google Art Project

K-12 Art Materials Brainstorming Worksheet
This worksheet walks through reflection and planning for building their own artist tool kit for remote learning
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Art Exploration: Land Art
This is a K-2 lesson exploring Land Art

Creative Constraints: El Anatsui
This is a 3-5 lesson exploring Land Art with examples by El Anatsui
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The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections
Access endless open content including educational resources for e-learning and virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. This is the museum technology community’s time to shine!

NGA Kids
National Gallery of Art for iPad. Great resource with loads to do!

ArtGames 2.0
The ArtGames app features seven unique video games based on seven artworks in the Albright-Knox’s collection.

A. Pintura Art Detective
Interactive art detective game.

Inside Art
An interesting walk through some historical artwork.

Create picasso like artwork online. Flash Player Required.

Mixing Colors!
Interactive website to learn how to mix colors.

Captain Underpants Artist at Home!
Cartoonist Dan Pilkey produces weekly drawing exercises! All free!

At Home with the Reggio Approach
Each day Reggio Children and the Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres – Istituzione of Reggio Emilia Municipality, are continuing to develop ideas and initiatives, for us to stay together, play together, and make school together.

PBS Learning Media - Hundreds of Resources!
WFYI and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers of all subjects.

Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress, Even if You Kind of Suck at it
Researchers found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop
Website adventure for student learning about Leonardo Da Vinci.

Color Theory Vs. Dr. Grary and his Dechromatizer
A game about color theory. Interesting and creative fun.

Remote Learning using Artsonia
Use Artsonia to engage in remote-learning with your students. Learn how to use Classroom Mode, communicate with parents and create projects that your students can submit. There are also links to videos, project ideas and lesson plans.

Cassie Stephens Blog Spot
Cassie shares many different projects and videos that are motivating upbeat and fun. Art teachers will find many resources that are very well done and ready to share.

Jamestown and Beyond
Explore twelve works of art that illustrate and illuminate the world of 1607 and the legacy of Jamestown. Some were created by European, African, Asian, and South American cultures around the time that Jamestown was struggling to survive. Others were produced in the centuries that followed as artists drew from fact, legend, and imagination to depict the Jamestown colony.

Take & Make: Butterfly Bracelet
Jewelry designer Jean Schlumberger was inspired by nature. He shared love of the natural world with Rachel Lambert Mellon, who was a talented gardener and landscape designer. This butterfly bracelet is part of a pair he designed for her. Tiny springs attached to the insects help make them move! Create your own version that flutters and dazzles using this template.

Chalk it Up!
With VMFA galleries closed we need your help to share our collection across Virginia! Use these artworks for inspiration and decorate a sidewalk near you!

Californians for the Arts – Covid 19 Resources
Developed for Californians in mind, this resource includes information also relevant for the nation-at-large. A list of resources for news, health recommendations, funding options, broadcasting ideas, emergency response resources.

Arts of Africa K-5 (Connecting the Arts of Africa to your Classroom)
This learning resource from the Minneapolis Institute of Art provides six lessons with activities designed to integrate the diverse arts of Africa into your classroom to support skills and concepts you are already teaching or may be planning to teach. Each lesson introduces students to artworks from Africa in Mia’s galleries and encourages critical thinking, creativity, and making connections.

Native Art: Native Voices - A Resource for K-12 Learners
This resource from the Minneapolis Institute of Art is designed to support the integration of Native voices and art into your curriculum. It includes four types of content: Artist interview videos; Essays about artworks in Mia’s collection and discussion questions; Art lessons developed by and with Minnesota Native artists; Reading selections on environmental contexts.

30 Day Art Challenge
30 Day Art Challenge: offers enrichment with limited home art supply resources, vocabulary, contemporary and historical artist references, links for additional choices, and sample projects. *Suggested as a weekly supplement to art class (Note: The Google folder is a work in progress with lessons being added weekly to support each prompt.)
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The Smithsonian Learning Lab
The Smithsonian Institutes right on your desktop! Support deep, meaningful learning with an online universe of authentic resources and tools for making them your own. Explore and create unique collections tailored to your every need. Students and teachers alike can create their own accounts and dive right in! There’s more! Check out the complete list of their Distance Learning Resources.
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State Directors of Arts Educations share resources here!
State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEDAE) is reaching out to gather and share arts education resources. Select the link and discover how SEDAE is resources you and your colleagues in arts education can use!

Lunch Doodles with Mo Willlems
Visit Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems everyday. Download each day’s activities and catch up with previous episodes on YouTube. See a sample activity here.
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The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts - Resources Online
Visit the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts under Resources for Educators! Thousands of ideas, videos and lessons! Here is just one of many examples for printable lessons.

Frida Kahlo: The woman behind the legend
Here is just one of 328 art related videos available at The Kids Should See This website. It’s like PBS or NPR for kids!

382 Videos about Art!
Check out the The Kids Should See This website. Thousands of inspiring resources with 328 specifically about art!

Craft in America: Free Videos and Education Guides!
Visit Craft in America for dozens of videos, guides, lessons, and teacher resources including guides and more!

Drawings inspired by daily meals!
Looking for drawing content to share right in your students home? Since the 1980s, Itsuo Kobayashi has drawn a picture of every single meal he eats. Great illustrations to share for your at-home students!

Create a Hopper-inspired Postcard
Inspired by Edward Hopper’s drawings and paintings of hotels, design your own hotel room interior with this template, using two-point perspective.
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This Art in Depth resource from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts addresses this question: What can art tell us about an individual or community? This resource explores concepts of identity in traditional African art and culture by focusing on twelve objects that speak to various roles within a society.

Virtual Field Trip
You or your students can create a virtual field trip using public art in your community or anywhere in the world. “Tour Builder uses Google Earth. It lets you pick the locations right on the map, add in photos, text, and video, and then share your creation.” You could visit architectural landmarks, Chihuly in every state or famous dog sculptures.

Ancient Writing
This resource from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts explores ancient writing systems. As early civilizations developed, record keeping and communication demanded something beyond symbols and pictures to represent the spoken word. Explore the early writing systems of four ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, and Mesoamerica.

Audubon for Kids - Art Outside!
Do you know how birds get their names or how to make an artistic bird feeder out of recycled materials? Well, check out Audubon for Kids for these lessons and much more! Time to get outside - safely!

Illustrator Gives Free Drawing Lessons
With children now stuck at home across the world, parents will be wondering how to keep them busy over the coming weeks. That’s why illustrator Rob Biddulph has taken to Twitter to offer a series of draw-along videos for kids. #drawingwithrob.

Make a Faux Jade Sculpture
Learn about how jade was a material often found in sculptures discovered in ancient Chinese tombs. Students will understand the importance of animal symbolism and use of objects as offerings in ancient Chinese culture. Also an exercise in fine motor skills, molding 3-D forms and create a representational animal such as the jade sculptures in the VMFA Chinese galleries!

Take & Make: Make a Maya Vessel
The ancient Maya people had a writing system made up of over 500 different hieroglyphs and often drew stories on clay vessels to decorate these useful objects. Use symbols to create your own story.

Take & Make: Ethiopian Black-Maned Lion Collage
Create a paper lion inspired by the Ethiopian Black-Maned Lion!
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The Edu Blogger: Resources for Teaching Online Due to School Closures
Useful guidelines, appropriate resources, and related examples for creating on-line learning.

How to Make a Collagasaurus
Build a collage by exploring the Smithsonian Institute’s collection.

National Geographic Education / Classroom Resources
Easily navigated, kid friendly site with games, videos and more. Free (subscription options, also,)

Teaching Critical Thinking through Art with the National Gallery of Art<br> A free Massive Open Online Cource (MOOC) for educators in all content areas-thinking routine strategies work with on-line teaching.

Kid’s Art Week - Free lessons by Carla Sonheim
Several series, 5 lessons each w/videos. Free, but must process like an on-line order.

Common Sense . Org
Family friendly media recommendations, some resources available in Spanish. Includes events like virtual drawing classes, games, apps, videos.

An Artist’s Portrait of His Spanish Hometown Bilbao
Fernando G. Batista, senior graphics editor and artist for National Geographic Magazine, tells what he loves about Bilbao, his hometown, as he creates a model of himself painting the small Spanish city. Closed captioned in English. (Has an ad at the beginning that may be skipped).

Mark Kistler Free Drawing Lessons Daily
Take the 30 Days-30 Drawings Challenge on YouTube. Students learn about drawing in general not just how to draw one thing or another.
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Words & Pictures: Literacy, Art, and Common Core Together
Words & Pictures brings artwork from the Nasher Museum’s collection to you to teach English Language Arts, Studio Art, and visual literacy to K, 1st and 2nd grades. Lessons use the Common Core Standards and go beyond to encourage better reading, writing, looking, and thinking with art.

Elementary Virtual Lesson Plans
Kindergarten - 5th Grade virtual lessons along with supplemental resources.

Eric Carle reads The Very Hungry Caterpillar<br> A classic read by Eric Carle - A great video for students and parents alike!

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