4 Ways to Continue Art at Home
Teach Art at Home: Tips & Online Art Classes for Homeschoolers
With the shift to virtual learning, we are forced to make the best of what we have, which often means the internet, free resources and household materials. Many students do not have access to typical art supplies, but art teachers are still looking for free art resources to motivate students to engage with art in more innovative ways. In addition, many parents are now looking for ways to teach art at home and keep their child engaged in creativity. Teaching art to children can be challenging, but here are 4 simple and free ways to encourage your child to stay involved in art while learning from home!
1. Take virtual tours of art museums around the world.
Because many museums are currently unable to open completely, many virtual tours have been created to make the art pieces and information accessible to all. Google Arts and Culture currently has an initiative made up of art museum tours of over 1,200 international museums. Check it out here to learn about the rich history behind the featured art and to gain inspiration for your own creative works.
2. Encourage them to focus on a different art form and try something different.
At home, it’s very easy to fall into a slump. For children to stay active mentally, encourage them to explore different styles of visual art like ceramics or photography. Working with different materials also proves to be a challenge so introduce them to working with textiles (sewing on jeans, transforming a shirt into something completely different, etc.) or with food to make their own culinary inventions. Besides visual art, present different forms of art they may not have tried before, like theatre and performing arts or film-making. They might discover a new hobby along the way!
3. Use unconventional methods.
If you don’t have brushes, think about finger painting or sponges to create different shapes. If you don’t have paints, consider using instant coffee powder to create a similar liquid, or even get down and dirty with dirt! If all you have is paper, rip it into squares and make origami, a wildly popular japanese art form that directly translates to “folding paper”. When you look closely enough, anything can be a resource to use while making art. Adapt to your circumstances and make use of what you have on hand.
4. Take advantage of free tutorials on the web.
Even without a physical art teacher and a classroom to practice, there are many ways to make your living space feel like a safe area to hone art skills. Many YouTube channels (like this one by theartsherpa) have been offering lessons for beginners to advanced learners for years and even host live streams every week. These videos are very accessible and approachable for those who are just starting out since the videos can be paused, slowed down and watched repeatedly. Pinterest is also a good resource to find DIY projects that are family-friendly and fun to do!
Art in Action also offers free lesson packages across multiple grade levels for students to do at home. Check them out here and have fun!
Art in Action has provided accessible arts education to 86,000 students in over 30 states nationwide and are still expanding. However, there are 4 million kids without visual art lessons. Join us in our mission to bring arts education worldwide!