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Feel free to add a reply to this message, letting everyone know your favorite websites for Art ideas. What web sites do you turn to when you're looking for just the right art project? Some of the sites I've suggested below are oriented to Christian education but most are not; they are for art educators. These secular sites are not going to supply you with ready-to-use lesson plans for Sunday school but remember, the object is to find an idea for an art project. Here are a couple of ways to visit a secular art education site:

  • Visit looking for a particular art method. For example, if you're thinking about a sculpture project, search a site for all their sculpture lessons. What's a sculpture method or material that you haven't tried before?
  • Visit to browse, filing away ideas for future projects. (One of my favorite activities!) For example, you see a lesson about printmaking using fruit - file that under "Fruits of the Spirit". You read a lesson about creating art books - file that away to use in a situation where you're trying to emphasize story sequence (maybe the Easter story or Moses). Warning: this does require some creativity and thought. You'll have to ask yourself - now how can I apply that to a Bible story?

Visit to find out more about an art technique. Example: just how do you do a crayon resist painting?

Carol's favorite websites:
(Let me know if any of these go dead - websites can be ephemeral.)

  • http://www.kinderart.com
    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.kennedy-center.org...sons-and-activities/
  • http://www.pbs.org/teachersource/arts_lit.htm
  • https://www.dickblick.com/educators/
    Yes they are selling products but hey, you’re looking for ideas remember. You learn about new products this way. Example: I’m still trying to think of a story where I can use heat set watercolor. Looks like a neat product!
  • http://www.daniellesplace.com/index.html
    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.
  • http://www.teachervision.fen.c...hp?term=260000000000
    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:


Add your favorites. Happy surfing. (It’s suppose to be fun!)
--Carol

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I like the KinderArt site too!

http://www.preschoolexpress.com
The pattern station link has lots of free printable outlines you can use for art project templates (we recently made collages on fish outlines for a rotation on the early Christian community)

Last edited by Luanne Payne
Wow, this is really cool. And, timely. Our Michiana Workshop Rotation Model Network is meeting at noon today and the topic is -- ART IDEAS!!!

There are also sites that have posters and such that can be used with art lessons. Of course, going on Google Images is helpful. One is artinaclick.

Thanks for starting this disucssion.

Other suggested art web sites, moved here to consolidate info...


Posted by CindyLB on July 13, 2002

These are websites I have used quite often.

  • www.crayola.com
    Look under educators or inspiring ideas. They have some wonderful art projects. We have used "Geometric Hide and Seek", changing the geometric shapes to be symbols from the Bible story. And we will be using "Look Into Your Future" for talking about how we make plans for our future. Altering it to include God's plans for us.
  • www.makingfriends.com
    We used the Bible Friends and an activity called "Journal Friends" (I think). The kids had to write a journal entry about one of Paul's friends and then dress the character. We are also using the Friendship Quilt idea.
  • www.picturesofplaces.com
    We are using pictures from here to enhance our bulletin boards and make postcards of the many places we visit as we journey through scriptures.

Posted by Lisa M. on May 3, 2004

  • I find one of the best things to do is to browse through an art supplies store such as www.dickblick.com and make a list of things that sound like they might be cool to try.
  • A good source that I don't remember seeing elsewhere on this website: Imagination Factory

    Peace, Lisa
Last edited by Luanne Payne
This is a great web site if you want to find artworks to inspire the children: http://textweek.com/art/art.htm
(For example, look at how others interpreted the skies opening up and the Spirit descending like a dove before they paint it themselves -- or even better, after they interpret it.)

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