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Visual Arts Resources (Drawing, Painting, Photography, Etc.)

Visual arts include drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and other art forms that are primarily visual in nature.  Look here for websites designed to help students learn about and understand the many aspects of the visual arts through lessons and interactive online activities and games. For retail curriculum products and non-free resources, see our visual arts curriculum section.

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Art Activities
Incredible art activities and games for kids.
Art for Kids!
Learn about art! Visit Museums! Learn about cultures! Interactive sites to make Art! Galleries! Other fun sites to see!
Art Games
Play interactive Albright-Knox Art Gallery Artgames
Art Lesson Ideas
Search through hundreds of art lesson plans for all grade levels!
Artists Helping Children
Find fun kids crafts, activities, coloring pages, creative arts & crafts ideas for children, preschoolers, kindergarteners.
Artsology's unique free online games involve major figures in the arts, such as art, music, literature and dance. Have fun and get a dose of the arts at the same time!
Artyfactory is a free resource for anyone who wants to learn about the visual arts. You can learn how to draw, paint and design by following illustrated step by step tutorials. You'll find free Art Lessons, Design Lessons and Art History Lessons,
Barker Creek Free Lessons and Ideas
Company president, Carolyn Hurst, writes a regular column in The Old Schoolhouse Magazine and you can download free reprints of her articles which feature a free drawing lesson from their Draw•Write•Now® series. You can also subscribe to their free e-newsletter for free lessons, teaching tips, and classroom decorating ideas.
Create pictures with this clever online drawing program.
Captain Watercolor
Free watercolor painting lessons on video; tips and techniques for beginner through advanced. These teaching videos, lesson and demonstrations are free to watch and share with friends and other artists.
Curious Corner - Art Institute of Chicago
Children (ages 3–12) can learn about art through dynamic and entertaining interactive stories and games.
Drawing for Kids
Learn to draw over 100 animals step by step for kids. Each animal lesson is printable and can be following in 6 step by step tutorials.
Huntsville City Schools Elementary Art
This site is designed to provide a means of sharing ideas and images created through the Hunstville City Schools Elementary Art Program in Huntsville, Alabama. Student art, lesson plans, history of the art program, information relating to professional organizations are all part of this site, as well as some great links, of course.
Learn About Art - National Gallery, London
Discover new ways to learn about Western European art at the Gallery, from talks and tours to online guides.
MoMA - Museum of Modern Art Online Activities
The Museum of Modern Art is a place that fuels creativity, ignites minds, and provides inspiration. With extraordinary exhibitions and the world's finest collection of modern and contemporary art, MoMA is dedicated to the conversation between the past and the present, the established and the experimental. Look here for online activities offered at MoMA.
National Gallery of Art - NGAKids Art Zone
Create portraits and landscape paintings in the style of American naive artists, learn about digital photography and image editing, and create abstract art, still life, and your own Dutch dollhouse, all at the Art Zone at NGAKids.
Attention Picasso fans! At picassohead.com you can create your own Picasso masterpiece and save it to their online gallery for the world to see. You can also email a link to it to your friends.
Silicon Valley Art Gallery & Museum
A Virtual Online Art Gallery
SmARTkids was developed by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, to help children--particularly those ages 7-12--discover ways to look at, think about, and respond creatively to art. This interactive site helps students learn the language of art; understand that artworks invite multiple interpretations; and see how art is created for a wide variety of personal and social purposes. If you live in Chicago, be sure to visit the Smart Museum. Admission is FREE!
The Artist's Toolkit
Artists use visual elements and principles like line, color and shape as tools to build works of art. Each title has three sections: (1) Watch an animated demonstration (2) Find examples of the concept in works of art from museums (3) Create your own composition

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