With everyone “sheltering in place” teachers, parents and students alike are left to find new ways of engaging creatively. This list connects our network to a variety of interactive online arts activities that help you pass the time in engaging and educational ways.
Create CA – #CreateAtHome offers a host of free resources to create at home. They have curated the most engaging collections and activities into six categories for easy access! We especially like their virtual performing arts offerings!
KidsmART Art Apart – a creative e-learning series for K-8th graders. KID smART Teaching Artists post hands-on activities, read-alouds, movement exercises, and other resources that can be done from the comfort of home.
52 Creative Ideas for 52 Weeks of Fun – Browse through this list of imaginative activities by Crayola that will have your students thinking outside of the box for at-home creativity!
Crayon Collection Art Lessons – Crayon Collection partners with artists to design simple projects that use only crayons (presented as lesson plans).
Families Belong Together – Art Without Borders provides families with a variety of art activities by grade level – especially easy to reproduce for hard copy activity packets.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems – Kennedy Center Artist in Residence Mo Willems (Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus) invites YOU into his studio every day for his LUNCH DOODLE videos. Learners worldwide can draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing by visiting Mo’s studio virtually once a day for the next few weeks
Nick Animation Draw Along With Me series – Learn how to draw some of your favorite Nicktoons characters from the experts themselves, our Nickelodeon Artists! Check out Nickelodeon’s broader website with a variety of edutainment for this time of social distancing.
Read Along’s and Drawing Classes from Professional Authors and Illustrators – Check out Fast Company’s list of the best offerings online.
Wendy MacNaughton’s Daily Drawing Class – This San Francisco illustrator offers daily classes geared towards kids and adults, focused on drawing what we see in the world. Videos from her Instagram are cataloged on her YouTube channel.
Inner-City Arts distance learning – ArtSpace designed for youth everywhere to study with professional teaching artists, build skills, and benefit from creative play. Check out their Instagram for periodic art challenges well-suited for tweens and teens.
LA Weekly – Round-up of museums, operas, and other cultural offerings online from around the world.
Misión: Quedarse En Casa – A Spanish-language coloring book about social distancing for kids
Write. Right. Rite – This video series by Jason Reynolds, award-winning young adult and children’s novelist, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, shares fun prompts for creative thinking, writing or designing in his GRAB THE MIC video series.
En Espanol- Arts Learning Lab @ Home – 18th Street Arts Center presents a series of videos in English and in Spanish for artmaking at home led by a diversity of warm, friendly local artists. Educators, download a pdf of each lesson plan, with such themes as home, transformation, and art from everyday materials (time to use the ketchup packets piling up in your kitchen!). Scroll down for the video archive, up for upcoming live events.
Hip Hop Fundamentals – Interested in using hip hop dance to get your students moving and releasing stress? This Philadelphia-based group offers free resources and pre-recorded classes, as well as customized residencies and Hip Hop Recess for a fee. They also teach about the history of the art form, founded by Black youth in the Bronx fifty years ago.