AREA ART MUSEUM LINKS
Nasher Museum of Art
Ackland Art Museum
North Carolina Museum of Art
ART MAKING WEBSITES
Drawing and Painting Tools
Nick Jr. Free Draw
Easy-to-learn digital drawing canvas for all elementary ages.
Simple digital drawing and coloring - great for younger elementary students.
Color with Leo
Drawing, painting, portraits, and color mixing. Especially good site for younger elementary kids. I like how this site emphasizes using basic shapes to create drawings.
We use this one in our 4th grade digital drawing unit. It includes some good basic drawing tools, as well as some more powerful functions for those with more experience.
We've been using this cool online drawing tool in 4th and 5th grade. It's kid-friendly for the older grades, but has the benefit of using commands/icons similar to some more advanced, industry standard digital drawing and editing tools. (Click "Try Online" to access.)
Similar to Sumopaint, but a little simpler interface.
Allows the user to "paint" over photographs in the brushstroke styles of great artists from Munch to Monet.
For a tool that looks so simple, this one offers lots of creative choices.
A tool that lets you create original paintings with "flame" brushes. I could play with it all day!
Really cool tool for creating limitless radial designs.
A great selection of creative brush tools and a cool feature that allows you to "paint" text onto your artwork.
Lots of sketching tools here in an easy-to-understand interface.
Simple sketching tool that mimics different sketching styles.
Make a Flip Book
Just like the name says. I would have been on this all day as a kid.
A 1913 "How-to-draw" book online, with step by step illustrations on how to draw dozens of kid-friendly subjects. We have a lot of these types of books in the classroom, and students love to use them during free drawing time.
Creating with Patterns
This one will hypnotize you.
A digital version of those messy, old electric spin art toys.
Simple tessellation tool. (Tessellations are arrangements of shapes in regular patterns.)
Make your own unique 6-pointed snowflakes -- the same method we use in class, just digital! Allows you to save your patterns, too, so you can recreate the design with paper.
Mandalas are geometric figures representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.
A little easier to learn than Pixlr with a lot of powerful and creative total photo effects, including some specific to portraits that allow the user to realistically apply makeup to a subject's face.
A tool for creating blocky, 3D "critters" with any personality the creator chooses. Fans of Minecraft will probably enjoy this one!
This is Sand
One of those "What will they think of next" apps, but a neat medium to play with.
From the Museum of Modern Art, interactive, step-by-step processes for making several different types of prints.
Famous Artists and Their Styles
Play with the colors on one of Warhol's iconic prints of Marilyn Monroe.
Paint in lines, drips, and splatters. Painting begins with the first click or movement of your mouse.
Easy-to-use drawing pad for creating colorful works in this artist's modern style.
Create a face, Picasso-style! Easy and fun for kids.
Paint with dots, just like the famous pointillist, Georges Seurat.
Mondrian's Boogie Blocks
Deconstruct and reconstruct a cube to construct (sort of) Mondrian-like creations.
A little hard to figure out at first, but once mastered, artists can create very "Mondrianesque" artworks using his palette of primary colors and basic geometric shapes.
All About Art (with some games, too)
Okay, so it's not "technically" an art site, but it's still a lot of fun for kids -- turn yourself into a wild animal.
Combine different animal parts - while learning interesting animal facts - to create your own bizarre animal.
Artist's Toolkit is a great site for elementary kids to learn about the elements of art and principals of design by seeing artworks come to life and then creating their own with simple digital palettes.
An interactive visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, friendly even for younger elementary students.
If you're ever in the nation's capital with an older student with art interests, the National Gallery of Art is an inspiring place. Many of the most famous artists we study in the art room are exhibited at the NGA. Online, their children's' website has project ideas, interactive creative tools, and lots of kid-friendly art history info. Art tools require Adobe Shockwave.