Virtual Art for Home
It’s important for kids to be exposed to and take part in art. Through art, kids build motor skills, communication, creative thinking and more. With school closed, you may be wondering how to include art instruction at home. We’ll be posting art activities and ideas on our social media channels in the weeks ahead, so keep an eye out for those. Additionally, here are some ideas to try.
Live Doodles & Tutorials
- Doodles with Mo Willems, creator of the Pigeon books and Knuffle Bunny, every day at 12:00 on YouTube!
- Children’s author and illustrator Jarret J. Krosoczka’s hosts “Draw Every Day with JJK” on his website every day during the week at 1 p.m. Find all the videos on his YouTube channel.
- Deborah Putnoi, an artist and educator, is broadcasting live art classes every weekday at 1 p.m. for free on Facebook.
- Make Art Studio is posting live art videos perfect for kids on Facebook every day at 1 p.m.
Need supplies? Heartfelt, an arts and crafts store in Minneapolis, is open for online order during their closure. Products will be packaged for pick-up.
Coloring Pages from a Minnesota Artist
Coloring. It’s good for kids and adults. It reduces stress and anxiety, improves focus and builds creative thinking skills. We’re grateful that an amazing local illustrator we’ve worked with at the museum, Kelsey King, has shared some of her original coloring pages with us and our followers. Check them out here.
Virtual Art Museum Tours & Activities
- Weisman Art Museum is providing kid-friendly activities, virtual tours of the museum’s exhibitions, livestream studio visits and more on their website.
- Google Arts and Culture is an online platform that provides digital tours of more than 2,500 museums and galleries around the world.
- Another good resource is The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s #MetKids website, which was made for, with and by kids to offer ways kids can discover the museum virtually and the artwork within it.
As you go on virtual museum tours and discover art from various artists, focus in one piece that seems to interest your child. Then empower your child to dig a little deeper and build those critical thinking and communication skills by:
- Asking your child what they might name this piece of art.
- Having your child close their eyes and talk about the art – its background, foreground, use of light and color, style, etc.
- Asking them what they think is going on in the piece and why have they drawn that conclusion.
- Creating their own art inspired by this famous piece of art.
- Taking a page from the viral art challenge put forth by the Getty Museum in LA — recreate an art piece using objects and people in your house and then take a picture.
Enjoy learning about and creating art at home! It’s good for the mind, body and soul.
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