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Monday, March 16, 2020

Homeschooling Art Activities

From Mrs. Elliott:

In response to the school closures, I would like to share a number of art activities which students can do at home.  Please feel free to adjust the materials to suit what is available around the home. Most of these activities will require no more than paper and pencil. Adding color is fun for students, so if  you do not have access to crayon or markers, please feel free to reach out to me at
Here is an awesome art scavenger hunt which children can do around the home and neighborhood.

I have used Art For Kids Hub as a special treat in the classroom on many occasions, and students love it. It includes videos appropriate for kids Kindergarten through middle school. The vast majority of the videos are draw-alongs, and include tons of character, seasonal, and animal themes.

Mo Willems (The Pigeon books, Elephant and Piggie) is doing a free online draw-along called "Lunch Doodles With Mo Willems," through the Kennedy Center. You can join the fun here. It's going to air at 1pm each day, beginning with "Animals with a lot of legs." As he says in today's video, "It's not the best drawing I have ever made, but it was kind of fun to get lost in it." Art can help kids forget their stress!

Here are some fun drawing prompts. Doing one each day is an outlet and creative distraction. Here are a few ideas:

1. Imagine and draw an animal doing something that only humans usually do. (Ex., dolphins surfing, a moose gardening, dogs skateboarding, cats riding a roller coaster, etc.)

2. Create your dream bedroom. What features would it include?

3. There are a million fish in the sea. Create your own original fish, and show its ocean environment.

4. Create the dreamiest ice cream sundae you can imagine. What toppings would it have?

5. Nature has created some pretty bizarre creatures, but none as bizarre as one you can dream up! Combine creature features and make a whole new animal that the world has not yet discovered. How would it move? What would it eat?

Here is an additional general education resource:

Scholastic has a terrific Learn At Home site chock-full of academic activities to keep our students learning, available here. 

I will continue to share new art ideas frequently!

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