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