November 13, 2020
November 5, 2020
Need to do some holiday shopping for an art lover? Check this out!
June 1, 2020
Welcome to Dance Week at Lincoln Center for dancers and dance lovers alike!
This week's prompt from the Museum of the White Mountains is Mountains in Color. When you think of mountains, what colors do you see? Early spring greens? Sunrise bursts of pink? Fall oranges and red? Granite gray? Click on the link to submit to their Museum's Fridge page.
Here's Sophie playing Taps on Memorial Day!
Everyone have a wonderful summer and remember that this page exists if you need music or art inspiration!!!
Also, if you want anything posted to our Art Gallery during the summer, email it to me!!!
May 28, 2020
Would you like to submit artwork to another gallery? You can! Check this page of the Museum of the White Mountains. It's for any age or skill level. Each week they put up a new prompt to get you thinking. This week's is Pet Perspective: how has your pet adapted to having you around all the time? Share a moment, thought, emotion from your pet's day.
May 27, 2020
There are so. Many. Performing. Arts. Performances to watch free at Lincoln Center!
May 26, 2020
Watch free live streams of music performances at Live with Carnegie Hall
May 21, 2020
Here are a few more ideas to practice observing:
From My Window
In this activity you are going to learn how artists observe the world from their home.
Next, take some time to LOOK OUT your windows! Notice and write down at least 10 things you see.
Decide if you want to show what is actually there (observe)… or use your imagination to show what you wish was there (envision).
Make your art. Paint, draw, collage! Or do something digital.
Take a picture then send it to me! Remember to tell me the title and the materials you used.
Have a printer? Like to color? Print out this worksheet and color it for this activity!
Here are a few tips:
Artwork should have a window and show a little of both the inside and the outside view.
Artwork should be colored or shaded with your favorite art material, with very little white/blank space.
Inspired by Vincent Bal
In this activity you are going to Learn about the Artist Vincent Bal’s by checking out his Instagram
OR watch this short video about his work
and then create shadow art similar to his drawings.
Observe the shadows of objects around you. Use your observations to prepare to make some Shadow Drawings.
How can you create interesting shapes and shadows?
How are the shadows of transparent, translucent, and solid objects different?
How does changing the position of an object change the shadow?
How does the time of day change shadows created by sunlight?
How do different sources of light affect the type of shadow?
Place an object on a piece of paper. Look at the shadow from many directions. Talk with others about some creative possibilities.
Now draw ON the shadow cast on the paper to create your shadow drawing.
Take a picture of the object with the shadow and the drawing. Make sure to do this before the shadow changes!
Send the picture to me!
Object Drawing (aka still life)
In this activity you are going to gather 2-5 favorite and interesting objects, then LOOK carefully at them and draw them.
First take a look at this short video to help you understand what types of objects will work best.
Find some fun things to draw, arrange them in an interesting way.
Do your best to draw them HOW they LOOK realistically. Add shading or color. Still life can also be fun to paint.
Take a picture when done and send it to me!
Take a picture of your still life to help with your drawing.
Use 2 or more objects, draw carefully with shading or color (not just an outline).
May 20, 2020
New idea for the Studio Habit Observe (artists observe the world around them and make art in response to what they see)!
Take a look at the artworks and pick the one that interests you most. Answer 6 of these questions:
1. What do you see?
2. What do you think is happening in this piece of art?
3. What materials do you think the artist used to make this piece of art?
4. Does this piece of art remind you of anything?
5. What questions do you have about this piece of art?
6. Pretend you could go inside this piece of art. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you smell?
7. Which part of this piece of art is your favorite? Why?
8. If you could change one thing about this piece of art, what would you change?
9. How does this piece of art make you feel? Can you say why?
10. If you had to describe this piece of art to a friend, what words would you use?
EDVARD MUNCH, SEPARATION, 1896
BANSKY, GAME CHANGER 2020
If you want to, draw or paint your version of the artwork you examined!
Salvador Dali, Persistence of Memory, 1931
FRIDA KAHLO, THE TWO FRIDAS, 1939
GEORGE TOOKER, THE SUBWAY, 1950
PABLO PICASSO, GIRL BEFORE A MIRROR, 1932
Then send me a photo for our Art Gallery!
May 18, 2020
New idea for the Studio Habit Express (the way artists show emotions, stories, or ideas)!
Photographers often use toys to tell stories using trick photography. This is a chance for you to tell a story by posing your toys in ways that show interaction with other toys or their environment. You don’t have to have a fancy camera. Most phones can take good enough pictures for this.
Take a look at the following pictures to learn ways to use camera angles to do trick photography.
Go thru your toys and/or borrow some from a younger sibling. You can even do this project WITH your younger kids in the house. They have great stories!
Think of a story and pose the characters in a way that SHOWS that story.
Take the pictures (more than one) using the tips that go with the following pictures.
Look thru the images to pick the BEST 1 or 2 pictures that really tell your story.
Send to me for the Art Gallery, and remember to include a title. You could also include a short summary of your story, or send several pictures that show different scenes in your story.
These are things to keep in mind while choosing your best photographs:
Images have the main characters in focus and good lighting.
The toys/action figures are interacting with each other or other things in the picture.
There is a background that adds to the story.
There is a clear idea or story and it matches your title and/or story summary.
Interact with environment
Instead of just having your toy just standing doing nothing (boring!), have it interact with the environment.
Maybe pick an environment that matches the toy.
And if you can’t find a good environment, you can make one!
Tell a story
Have the toys interact with each other. And interact with other objects or props that you add to the scene. Make up a narrative. Pretend it is a scene from a made up movie.
You can make a toy look huge by putting it very close to the camera. This is useful if you want to use it with normal sized people and large objects.
Usually this means you will have the camera close to the ground, close to the toys and with life sized people or objects farther away from the camera.
May 14, 2020
Here's the video the adults at school made for students because we miss you!!!
Here are some new ideas for the Studio Habit Explore (the way artists find new ways of doing things):
Make Food Faces!!!
Giuseppe Arcimboldo was an Italian painter best known for creating imaginative portrait heads made entirely of objects such as fruits, vegetables, flowers, fish and books.
Look at Arcimboldo’s artwork and find a face that you like.
Recreate it using foods and/or found objects around the house. (Be sure to ask before wasting food!).
Take a picture and send it to me for our Art Gallery.
Be sure to tell us the TITLE of the piece of art that inspired you.
Art and history museums are all closed around the world, but many have created online tours so you can still see and learn about the art.
Visit a virtual exhibit in an art museum (Scroll back on this page to find links).
Look around and find an exhibit that fits your interest and style.
Do a sketch/ drawing of at least one work of art.
Take a picture and send it to me for our Art Gallery.
Be sure to tell us the TITLE, ARTIST and something you learned about the art you are drawing.
Find a famous landscape or other artwork and recreate it with clean laundry! (Google...)
Use similar colors and roll, scrunch and arrange the clothes to match the painting.
Take a picture and send it to me for our Art Gallery.
Be sure to tell us the TITLE and ARTIST you are recreating.
Add in some Quarantine Essentials (hand sanitizer, masks, gloves, toilet paper) to make it more fitting for our times.
Check out Instagram for Inspiration:
And even share on social media with these
hashtags #laundryartchallenge #laundryart
Andy Goldsworthy is a British sculptor, photographer and environmentalist who produces site-specific sculptures and land art situated in natural and urban settings. He lives and works in Scotland.
Look at Goldsworthy’s artwork and find a sculpture that you like.
Recreate it using things from nature (Sticks, stones, dirt, leaves, etc.)
Take a picture and send it to me for our Art Gallery.
Be sure to tell us the TITLE of the piece of art that inspired you.
I wish I knew about this sooner, but tonight is the last night to see the Tulsa Ballet's performance of Peter and the Wolf free on their YouTube channel! Peter & The Wolf is an EXCELLENT way to learn about instruments of the orchestra - it is the accepted standard for teaching children about how an instrument can be associated with a particular character.
People are still doing this and our Art Challenge Gallery is still there, if you want to try it out! It's fun!
May 12, 2020
Don't forget about music!!
There are all kinds of listening/watching opportunities listed on this page. Just scroll backwards and see!
Remember musicplayonline.com where you can learn to play an instrument, get better at one you already play, you can play games, listen and sing along to songs...
Here are some simpler ideas:
Throw an epic dance party solo or with your family.
Learn about your favorite band or genre.
Listen to music and draw what the music makes you think of.
Organize your playlists based on moods or regular activities.
Listen to a new genre or new band.
Make instruments out of recycled materials.
There are lots of free online music classes right now. Google or scroll back on this page.
Find out what music your parents and grandparents and great-grandparents listened to when they were younger.
What else can you think of?
May 11, 2020
Only two weeks left for the Art is Love Project and three for the Art Challenge and our Art Gallery!! However, if you create some great art over the summer that you'd like to share, send it and I'll put it in our gallery.
Did you know that Fine Art is a career? You can become a Fine Artist by going to college for art, or by becoming an apprentice to an artist and learning from them. You could study painting, weaving, sculpture, printmaking, drawing, etc.
Here are some activities to choose from if you'd like to imagine what being a fine artist would be like!
Painter - here is an entire playlist of painting ideas!!
Printmaker - here is a playlist of printmaking ideas!
May 7, 2020
More brain breaks from Cindy Ingram!
Write down various things that are on your mind, in medium to large size
Connect the words in some fashion
In another color and/or medium, journal over, around, and in between the existing words
Write something that you fear or that irritates you
Cover it with paint, colored pencil, crayon, or words
Write how that thing makes you feel (use various words and phrases to describe the feelings)
Connect the words with lines, shapes, drawings, etc.
Choose 1 picture from a magazine, book, newspaper, or personal photo
Arrange it on the page in such a way that it looks as if it is coming off the page
Add oil pastel
Incorporate masking tape
Write a RANDOM word
Draw a random tiny picture somewhere
Lay various objects on the table
Loosely sketch the entire scene
Choose one small section to focus on
Draw lightly, making a loose sketch
Next, draw over with darker strokes this time
Draw tiny pictures of scenes on other tables
Write something that frustrates you
Share your Brain Break art with us on Instagram.
Remember the Art is Love Project!!!!! If you're just hearing about it, or forgot what it is, scroll back to my post on April 21!!!!
Last two photography project ideas!!
May 6, 2020
Through July 11, 2020, enjoy Carnegie Hall Fridays, a new streaming series released with medici.tv. Each Friday, a new selection from our archive of live broadcasts will be made available for on-demand streaming free of charge. Each program will be accessible throughout the weekend for 72 hours—from Friday at 3 AM through Monday at 3 AM (Eastern).
More art brain breaks from Cindy Ingram!
Scratch Into Paint:
• Paint thickly on page, scratch images or words into the paint
• Variation: Paint one thin layer of paint and let it dry, then add a thick layer of
paint in another color, and scratch into the thick layer
• Cut a portion of scrapbook paper to cover page.
• Choose 1 word, write on page
• Using a ballpoint pen or Sharpie, journal around the word
• Paint a pattern over the whole page with watercolor
• Add some sort of border
• Find an interesting photo or magazine pic
• Tape it down to cover entire page
• Cover portions of the image with gesso or acrylic paint
• Journal on the gesso or painted portion
Notes to Self:
• Write notes to self on the page
• Incorporate various random objects in creative ways (paper clips, washi tape, snack wrappers, sticky notes, stickers, etc.)
Share your Brain Break art with us on Instagram. See you tomorrow!
Two more photography projects! If you're interested in finding out about what else this photographer mom has to offer for both teens and adults alike, click here! She even has online classes for teens!
May 5, 2020
I guess I spoke too soon yesterday when I mentioned sitting outside with a sketchbook! Brrrrrrr!! Okay, so wait until the sun comes back to try that!
Here are some artsy brain break activities you might like to try, from my friend and fellow art teacher, Cindy Ingram:
Circles of Mind:
• Fill your page with circles of any size
• Add color to the page (watercolor, colored pencil, marker)
• Write down whatever is on your mind. Don’t think about spelling, punctuation, grammar, or structure - just write. The goal is to keep your writing tool moving the entire time. It could be even the same word over and over! Try to get all your thoughts on the paper.
Find a Stranger in a Photo:
• After locating a photo of someone you don’t know, name them
• Write their story
Where I'm From:
• Write poem about where you come from
• Include details about your personal history/your past
Write a Letter to Yourself:
• Write to yourself looking back from 10 years in the future
• What would you want to tell yourself?
Here are three more photography projects:
May 4, 2020
Check out this photography project!!!!
It's May already! The weather is getting warmer and that means you can take a sketchbook outside to draw! Find a beautiful spot outside, get comfy, take time to really look at what's in front of you. Draw what you see! Here's a video to get you thinking.
Interested in Architecture? Watch Nic Hahn explain what architecture is and three ideas for creating! At the end, she personalizes some instructions for her school, so ignore that. You can send a picture to me! If you'd like to share it in the Art Gallery, just give me a title and tell me what you made it with! It's okay if you don't want it in the Gallery. I'll still love to see what you've made!
I'll put up some more photography projects this week!
April 30, 2020
These are from Cindy Ingram, Art Class Curator Founder:
Tour a Museum from Home
We all know the power of seeing art in person. It’s a totally different experience being immersed in an artwork while you’re standing in front of it. But we can still connect with artworks while staying safe at home. Several museums have opened up their art to the world via online tours and many more have virtual tours via Google Arts & Culture.
National Portrait Gallery — Opened in 1856 and houses a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people.
The Frick Pittsburgh — Their site has a lot of great resources and activities for students too.
The Met — An award-winning series of 6 videos that take you through The Met’s art and architecture.
J. Paul Getty Museum — Features 6 online exhibits and thousands of artworks to view.
Van Gogh Museum — Includes 2 online exhibits and hundreds of items from Van Gogh to view.
Uffizi Gallery — Explore Italian art through the lens of one of its most famous museums.
Museu de Arte de São Paulo — Brazil’s first modern museum features 6 online exhibits.
Musée d’Orsay — See some of the world’s most famous art from a museum that is an artwork itself.
Nightly Opera Steams from the Met
Every night, the Metropolitan Opera is releasing a recorded performance from its archives. Each stream becomes available at 7:30 p.m. EDT and remains accessible for on-demand viewing until 6:30 p.m. the following day. Get a schedule of all the upcoming shows here.
They’ve also created free student streams designed to support teachers and students while they’re working and learning from home. Between Monday and Wednesday, they have daily live events about a different opera. Students then have the chance to watch the opera between Wednesday and Friday and apply what they’ve learned. Get the student schedule here.
April 28, 2020
Here's a video showing how to make water-color resist flowers!
The woman who made that video also has draw-along videos on her Facebook and Instagram pages. Her name is Patty Palmer, and you can find her at Deep Space Sparkle on FB and IG.
Join her at 1:00 today for drawing Bold Bugs and Beetles!
Remember the Studio Habits of Artists?
How do artists look at things? They observe.
How do artists discover new ways of doing things?
How do artists imagine people, places and things?
How do artists show emotions and ideas?
How do artists take risks and recover from failure?
How do artists learn and practice new skills?
They develop those skills.
What habits you you been practicing in your at home studio?
Here's an idea for exploring negative space in fashion design. Try it out!
April 23, 2020
What can you do with a line? Watch this! The music is pretty cool, too!
Here's an art story to listen to. What can you think of creating?
Photography is a visual art, right? Do you like taking pictures? Here's a site that has online photography challenges for 4th grade-ish and up! Send me your photos that you love for the Art Gallery!
Remember the Art is Love Project!! We already have a couple of submissions! Keep them coming!
April 21, 2020
We are invited to participate in a BIG project called Art is Love that I'm really excited about and I hope you are, too!
NH Art students have been asked to create works of art that bring messages of hope and connectedness to neighbors in assisted living and healthcare facilities. They are especially at risk at this time and are unable to be with their loved ones. I have reached out to Grafton County Nursing Home and they would love to be the recipient of this gift of artwork from us!
We have between now and May 22 to create artworks and email photos to me. I will then create a slideshow to forward to the GCNH that they can then share with their residents.
You can create any kind of artwork in any medium - drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, fiber art - anything!
Your artwork must convey a message of hope and connectedness for our neighbors who have limited visitors and are missing their loved ones more than ever.
Your artwork needs to artistically include the name of the facility (Grafton County Nursing Home, in our case) to create a sense of personalized connection.
Have fun and I can't wait to see your amazing works of art!!
Listen for what makes the music sound like a bumblebee in The Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
Now talk about the tempo (the speed of the beat), the instrumentation, and the mood of the music! Draw what you hear!
Earth Day is April 22!
Do you know who Andy Goldsworthy is?
Can you make some art with nature? Send a picture for the art gallery!!!! If not outside with nature, how about on your plate?
by Ellen Huie, Art Teacher, Killingly Schools, CT
April 8, 2020
Another musician, John Prine, died yesterday due to complications from the Coronavirus.
What can you find out about him? Does anyone recognize this song?
John Prine: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
This is where our Artwork Challenge idea came from!
Remember to keep creating and sending them for our Artwork Challenge Gallery! There's no deadline or limit to the number you can make!
Here's a recipe for making your own paper mache with ingredients you have at home. MCS students love making sculptures, and we don't have any in our Art Gallery yet!
April 6, 2020
Hahaha! Get it?
Ellis Marsalis died on April 1. He was a New Orleans jass pianist, teacher, and father of a great musical family that includes sons Wynton and Branford.
Look up Wynton and Branford Marsalis. What interesting things can you find out?
A walking bass line - hahahahahahaha! From scottsbasslessons on Instagram.
Online Music Lessons!!
Through Music Empowers® Virtual Connections, we're working to facilitate remote music instruction and hosting a regularly updated clearinghouse of virtual music education resources to serve our students and help out-of-work artists with needed tools and resources while introducing them to our online community as we pivot to virtual life at this time of unprecedented crisis.
Our instructors are professional artists with experience in music education. All communications, scheduling and financial arrangements are handled directly between the teachers and the students or students’ families.
April 5, 2020
I know it's a Sunday, but I found a super fun art challenge that started with the Getty Museum in LA!
Here's the challenge:
Choose your favorite artwork
Find three things lying around your house
Recreate the artwork with those items
Send a pic to me via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or ClassTag and I'll start a new page associated with this one to post them!
Get anyone you know to send them in! You can also follow gettymuseum on Instagram and send your pics there. Let's see how big our own collection can get!!
April 3, 2020
Here's an opportunity to get the whole family involved in something cool! It's called Tap Into Film: Slam the Curve 72-hr Online Family Film Slam! Registration closes April 15 and the 72-hr window is April 23-26.
Not-your-average stained glass:
Serene landscape paintings:
Like Music and Art and Dance and Writing and Poetry and Reading!!!
Oozy neon art:
Get a little piece of the moon for your desk:
April 2, 2020
Here's an article about Jeff Coffin, Dave Matthews Band's saxophonist!!
Visit some of the best art galleries in the world virtually. From Paris to New York to Amsterdam, kids can see priceless works of art from the world’s most famous artists.
Louvre Museum, Paris https://www.louvre.fr/en/visites-en-ligne
National Gallery of Art, Washington DC https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/national-gallery-of-art-washington-dc?hl=en
Metropolitan Museum of Art https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/the-metropolitan-museum-of-art
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/van-gogh-museum?hl=en
Uffizi Gallery, Florence Italy https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/uffizi-gallery?hl=en
Would you like a virtual tour of Egyptian Antiquities at the Louvre in Paris?
Want to learn about the history of country music?
See the Great Wall of China!
The Grand Canyon has lots of webcams here:
I got this from Ms. Holz's Mom!!!!
April 1, 2020
Listen to a N.H. student musician on Facebook today at 4! Each week this page will feature a performing musician who is or was a N.H. public school student! today!
Something to brighten your day. Mr. Lander sent it!!!
Free online classes, projects, patterns, etc., for quilting, sewing, knitting, and crocheting. I saw an easy pattern for pajama pants on here!
March 31, 2020
Interested in creating your own podcast? NPR shows students how and you can also subscribe to their Student Podcast Challenge Newsletter!
If you like landscape photography, check this out:
Want to see dogs working from home? So cute!
If you are a second grader or older, and you would like to have to recorder, or borrow a ukulele, let me know by noon today and I'll put it in your lunch delivery box!!! Let my know via email!
PS Deadline extended to Tuesday at 3pm.
Happy Art Day!!
I went for an art walk and took some pictures of things that caught my eye. Maybe you'll want to take a walk and take (and post!) your own pictures! Do you recognize any of these? What do you notice?
March 26, 2020
Happy Music Day!!!
I'm working on my guitar today, using a site called Chordify to practice a song I'm learning. What musical activity will you do today?
PS If you like drawing and animals, check this out: https://jennifersteck.com/pages/critter-country-a-free-online-class
March 25, 2020
Today is an art day! I found this site that live streams the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and since I'm into ocean themed art this week, I thought you might like it. Maybe it will inspire you to create some ocean-y art!!
I finished my fabric collage. I'll put up a picture in a minute. Today I think I'll take advantage of the sticky snow and build a snow sculpture. What are you going to create today?
I took my art studio outside this afternoon and made this sculpture! --------------------------------->
I also received pictures and videos of amazing art projects from some of you. Thank you so much!!!!
March 24, 2020
Good morning everybody!!
Here are some websites for creating your own music. Some you may already know about, some may be new to you. These are best for older students!
I've received a few pictures/videos of art and music work! Keep them coming, please!!!!! Even a sentence or two in an email would be great!
PS I have more sites to tell older students about soon....
If having a schedule is helpful to you, and you missed the video in which I showed our usual schedule, here it is in writing:
PK has art studio on Tuesdays at 9:00 and music class on Thursday at 9:00
T/Th are Music days, W/F are Art Studio days:
9:45 4th grade T/W, 3rd grade Th/F
11:15 8th grade T/W, 7th grade Th/F
12:30 Kindergarten T/W, 5th and 6th grades Th/F
1:15 2nd grade T/W, 1st grade Th/F
Band is Wednesdays at 2:00
Chorus is Thursdays at 2:00
March 23, 2020
This is what I've done with the pile of fabric so far. Next step: hand sewing. You can make a collage this week, too! It doesn't have to be with fabric. You can use paper! And it doesn't have to be an ocean collage. It can be anything you want. Or think of your own art project and send a picture!
Free music at seattlesymphony.org
Free nightly streaming at metopera.org
This company is offering a 21-day free trial:
Remember to use www.musicplayonline.com
Usually, students aren't able to access everything on this site, but because of our crazy world right now, they've changed things up a bit and students can access more!! There will also be an online lesson library starting today, so check it out!!!! This is THE PERFECT place to spend some time each week during your own music studio time!! PS They even have PK activities!!!
More Art Opportunities!
If you, or your someone in your family, is on Instagram, follow artclasscurator. Cindy Ingram is posting an art challenge every day! Take a picture of what you do and email it to me!
Not art or music, but a fun family activity:
State of NH Alcohol Awareness Poster Contest:
Here's a link to some great art. You can sign up for the weekly newsletter! I get it every week and LOVE it!!
Look! You can visit a museum while you're at home!!
Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! It's a music day!! Tuesday for grades 4, 8, K and 2; Thursday for grades 3, 7, 5/6, and 1. Here's a short video to say hi and add a little message to go with the information in your bag that is coming home later this week. Feel free to email me any questions, comments, ideas, whatever, anytime!!! email@example.com