What are some of your favorite "go to" websites for art materials and art project ideas?
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Many art ideas and project how-to sites, and art supply sites are great sources of inspiration and "how to" (or how not to) when it comes to teaching with Art in Sunday School.
A few of Carol's favorite arts and crafts websites:
(Let me know if any of these go dead - websites can be ephemeral.)
Free lessons nicely organized by method. Inspite of what the name of this site might make you think... is art for K through 8. Shows age for which lesson is appropriate.
- http://www.crayola.com/educators Required to “join” this site, but it’s free. Art projects by product (for example- water color pencils) includes description of techniques. DO check out the CrayolaDreammakers page. (Once there click on "Previous Guides" to download free PDF files of "older", but just as useful guides full of art ideas.) Great pictures!
- https://www.dickblick.com/educators/ Online Art Supplies
Yes, they are selling products but hey, you’re looking for ideas and their supplies will spur a lot of thinking.
I have to admit that I use this one mostly for preschool ideas and for little filler projects – like a “craft” to round out a storytelling workshop. (“Crafts” can be handy now and then.) Not really much “art” at this site. If you join their “resource room” for small annual fee, you get more options.
Have to subscribe to this site ($20/year) to see entire lesson plan, but they do show list of materials and often that’s enough to spark an idea for a project.
You might wonder why I include these next few on a list of ART websites. These next few are more crafts than what I’d call art but there they have some merits as noted:
This one is on the border between art and craft. Sometimes their use of a material will strike you as something to adapt to a different project. (Happened to me with a plastic milk carton idea).
- https://www.sundayschoolnetwork.com/ (ChristianCrafters)
Also has a searchable archive of ideas. (But not the greatest search engine.)
Crafts organized by type of material. Example – can see tissue paper crafts. Helpful is you’re trying to clean your closets.
Read this excellent article:
It explains the important difference between "art" and "craft" when teaching kids. It also has some ideas about how simple craft projects can inspire or be transformed into more expressive and individual art projects.