Resources for Parents and Teachers

Resources for Parents and Teachers

You don't have to be an artist to bring arts education into your home or into your classroom. Parents can start by bringing their children and families to free arts exhibits at local libraries and museums. Parents and teachers can also use fun and engaging activities available online. We've done some of the heavy lifting of researching the web for these activities and collected some of the best resources for parents and teachers below:

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Interactive Web Sites - Visual Arts

How to Draw
Arts Lessons/Projects
Museum Art Resources for Young Children
Famous Artists for Children and Teens
History Through Art
Science and Math Through Art
Art Games
Art and Politics

How to Draw

Cybermuse: The National Gallery of Canada
Cybermuse takes you to an interactive web site full of color, sound, exploration and fun. Visit exhibits 'Drawing with Light' and 'Deconstructing Art'

Explore the Tools that Artists Use: Visit the Artist's Toolkit
Explore the visual elements and principles of line, color and shape as tools to build works of art. From the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Vision and Art
Tutorials demonstrate how visual information is used in art: depth perception, color perception, form perception and more.

Drawing In One Point Perspective
Step-by-step instructions for basic one-point perspective

National Museum of Wildlife Art
Visit this museum with a focus on wildlife and nature.

Arts Lessons

Access Art: A Visual Arts Online Workshop
AccessArt is a valuable resource for teachers, gallery educators, and artists as well as a creative learning tool.

Art Lessons Online
Click on to art projects for teachers, parents, and children.

Art Education Resource
Create art, study art, teach art, play art games at this comprehensive Web site.

ArtsEdge: Kennedy Center

Museum Art Resources for Young Children

Destination Modern Art
Destination Modern Art is a website for children ages 5 to 8. An interactive online gallery offers an introduction to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and its affiliate, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.

What is Print?
Learn the art of print making from the Museum of Modern Art.

Famous Artists for Children and Teens

The Mind of Leonardo
Visit this exploration of the work and processes of the Universal Genius through text, images, reconstructions and animations..

Who Am I? Self Portrait in Art
Who am I? provides art and writing activities for middle school students. Students look at self-portraits in the National Gallery of Arts collection by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Judith Leyster, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Andy Warhol.

Virtual Field Trip: Over the Line-The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence
Join with staff at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City to experience the works of renowned African-American artist Jacob Lawrence. Take an electronic field trip.

New York Public Library Digital Images
Russian civil war posters, George Caitlins North American Indian portfolio and 16thcentury celestial maps are among the 275,000 images in the New York Public Librarys Digital Gallery.

History Through Art

Campfire Stories with George Catlin
Take a virtual journey to meet American Indians of the 1830s with artist, ethnologist, and showman George Catlin.

Dream Worlds
Visit an interactive exploration of modern Japanese prints.

Tall Buildings
This web site from the Museum of Modern Art takes you to 25 of the tallest buildings in the world.

The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa
Listen to the story of Celia Cruz and explore a wide range of subjects, including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. (English and Spanish)

The Renaissance Connection
Visit the Allentown Art Museums interactive educational website. Travel 500 years into the past to discover many Renaissance innovations.

George Washington: A National Treasure
Look at the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of our first president. This Smithsonian site has resources for students and teachers.

The Great American Landmarks Adventure
The Great American Landmarks Adventure takes you on a trip through time and space through a series of drawings by Roxie Munro. You'll see 43 National Historic Landmarks and learn about more than 3,000 years of our country's past. Travel has been arranged by Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service.

American Memory
Historical Collections from the National Digital Library. A remarkable collection of more than seven million digital items, this includes drama, dance, music and the performing arts, among other topics. There is a special "Learning Page" for teachers.

Inside Art: An Adventure in Art History
Visit an imaginative site that combines art history and a little adventure.

The Floating World of Ukiyo-e
The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, & Substance showcases Japanese "Ukiyo-e" -- pictures of the floating, or sorrowful, world. More than 100 prints, drawings, and books are featured, most from 1600-1900.

Picturing Women
A Web exhibit exploring historical and contemporary representations and self-representations of women - how they are figured, fashioned, turned into portraits, and told about in words and pictorial narrative.

Sharing Perspectives at the National Museum of the American Indian
Take a Virtual Field Trip to the new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

Science and Math Through Art

Earth as Art
Take a look at these photos from around the world. Landsat satellites have imaged the Earth's surface for nearly thirty years; Landsat photographs selected for their aesthetic value are presented in this Library of Congress exhibition.

Devices of Wonder
This site explores the ancestors of modern cinema, cyborgs, and other optical devices.

Inventions at Play
Use an inventor's sketchbook. This site is about Invention at Play, a national traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center

Geometry through Art
Explore geometry through drawing.

Where Science Meets Art
A Morning Edition series from National Public Radio explores the unexpected intersections of two seemingly different disciplines -- art and science.

Art Games

Art Games
Visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's interactive website about art and artists for students from kindergarten through 6th grade (English and Spanish).

Asian Games
Drawing on major collections of Asian art in the United States, Europe, and Japan, Asian Games has almost two hundred objects, including spectacular examples of game sets dating from the twelfth to nineteenth centuries. It highlights the importance of Asia as a source of many gameschess, backgammon, Parcheesi, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, and playing cards.

Art and Politics

Cartoon Collection from the Library of Congress
You can find political cartoons, caricatures, comic strips, humor cartoons, illustrations, and animation cels on this website. Virtually every aspect of the genre is represented by leading creators, making the Library's cartoon collections both comprehensive and unrivaled in the United States.


Cartoonster features a collection of fun and interactive tutorials, which teach children and young people how to create their own animations!

Storyline Online: Children's Books and Illustrations
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides Storyline Online, an online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading childrens books aloud.

Illustrator Jan Brett's Home page
2,175 pages of free activities, coloring pages, and projects.

Interactive Web Sites - Music

Corridos Sin Fronteras
A bilingual traveling exhibition and educational website celebrates the narrative songs known as corridos.

Keeping Score-Revolutions in Music
Keeping Score is a project of the San Francisco Symphony designed to make classical music more accessible to people of all ages and musical backgrounds.

The New York Philharmonic KidZone
Make your own instruments. Play games. Learn about famous composers. Lots of fun.

The San Francisco Symphony Presents
A music learning Web site for children and families

The Music
This site for teens is geared as a launching pad for the ambitions of tomorrows musicians.

Creating is a place for children to compose music and play with musical performance, music games and music puzzles.

Arts Alive: Music Games and Activities
Click on this interactive music site from the National Arts Centre in Canada with activities for teachers, parents, students, kids, and young artists.

Jazzy Lessons and Activities
These resources are designed to help teachers use the PBS JAZZ video series and companion Web site in music, social studies, math, and language arts classes

Math and Music from Thinkquest
Look at some of the basic components of music such as rhythm, tone and pitch, and see what math has to do with them

Science of Music: The Exploratorium's Accidental Scientist
Explore the science of music through online exhibits, movies, and questions. You can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment, and listen.

The Violin Master Class was created for violin professionals, teachers, parents, and students at all levels to enhance the study of playing the violin.

Reading, Rhythm & 'Rithmetic'
NPR's Performance Today takes a weeklong look at the state of music education in America's schools.

Continental Harmony
The activities in the Continental Harmony website are designed for informal, at-home use by children and families, and for classroom use. Lesson plans include music and mood; elements of music; music, slavery and the civil war; and more.

The Mississippi River of Song
Visit the Smithsonian series on contemporary music along the Mississippi River.

Lesson Ideas: Don't Laugh at Me
Students create a movie using the words from the song "Don't Laugh at Me" to study the issue of teasing and bullying (from the Apple Learning Exchange).
See also the Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me website,

Stormy Weather
Listen to selections from famous works inspired by storms! Selections include "Presto" from Vivaldi's "Summer" (Four Seasons), Grofe's "Cloudburst" from his Grand Canyon Suite, and Beethoven's "Storm" from his Symphony Number 6 (Pastoral). Usable by elementary-age students.

Interactive Web Sites - Drama and Dance

A Dancer's Journal
Learn to perform the dances of Martha Graham through this innovative web site.

Playing with Shadows: An introduction to Shadow Poetry
Journey into a world where shadows come to life.

Shakespeare: Subject to Change
Cable in the Classroom brings you an interactive website on Shakespeare: How the journey from pen to printing press changed Shakespeare's words...and more.

Shakespeare for Kids
This site contains activities for children and parents.
Play music from Shakespeare's time (click on Folger Treasures).

Drama and Film Resources for teachers from PBS
This site provides a selection of multimedia resources in drama and film for educators.

The National Arts Centre (NAC) presents four performing arts websites to explore.

Dance Video Library
75 video clips that illustrate portions of the Dance Instruction Manuals arranged by historical period.

Activities to bring the arts home

Student Success: Arts Education Resources from the National PTA
Arts education not only cultivates imagination, self-expression, and creativity, but also plays a vital role in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills. It promotes visual literacy, which enables students to analyze and interpret the meaning of complex visual imagery that permeates the media and popular culture.

Arts Education: Improving Student Academic Performance

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Grants and Funding Sources

California Department of Education

California Alliance for Arts Education

National Endowment for the Arts

US Department of Education

Save the Music

Americans for the Arts Funding Guides

Museums Online

Online museum resources for parents, teachers and students

American Museum of Photography

Art Institute of Chicago

Art Image Consortium

Los Angeles County Museum

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Museum of Modern Art New York

Museums of the UK

National Gallery of Art

The Tech Museum of Innovation

Web Museum, Paris

Van Gogh Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Online Exhibits from the Franklin Institute

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