Art can accompany "serious" work. Art is not only engaging, but can open an opportunity for other modes of learning.
Your students can create their own paper wallets from a normal piece of paper, with minimal cutting and one piece of tape. It creates a durable, seamless, useable, write-onable, minimalist wallet.
Experiment with different paper sizes for different sized wallets.
Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Using only some toilet paper rolls and some non-toxic paint, you can make awesome creatures for Halloween decorations. Chances are you already have the materials you need in the classroom. Have your students come up with ideas for creatures for other holidays or seasons.
- YouTube URL
Elmers's has created simple recipes for creating colorful slime, glittery and non-glittery, using a few common household ingredients.
Students of all ages will enjoy this project. For older students, have them to research how glue, baking soda, and contact lens solution interact to become slime.
Tested and approved by our crew at the NSTA National Conference.
Here's an example of combining art and photography into something special.
Variations on this project include using your school mascot, images cut out of magazines, or photographs of fellow classmates – one large and one very small. Can use this to talk about perspective and the way we perceive the world.
How To Make An Anime Version of Yourself
This tutorial from Jk Alombro shows you the steps to turn a photograph into an anime character.
While using Photoshop, you should be able to replicate this method with any image editing software that supports layers.
- YouTube URL
The eyes of the Mona Lisa blink when you enter the Incredible Art Department. At this site are lesson plans and software tools. Great source for art teachers as well as teachers in other subjects looking for class projects for the artsy students.
Silk is hard to describe. It's called an on-line interactive generative artwork. The easiest way to explain it is to just go to the site and start drawing something. If you draw something you like, you can save the picture and share the results.
Draw3D is a simple site but fun, and includes on-line drawing lessons. Created by Mark Kistler, Public Television's favorite drawing teacher.
There are a lot of online resources available where you can change, enhance and make funny photo editing without knowing and program like Photoshop. Here is a collection of free photo editing services, featuring everything from simple photo cleanup and enhancement to fun artistic effects.
Free for individuals and low cost for classes or schools, ToonDoo allows you and your students to easily create 1, 2 or 3-panel comic strips with simple mouse clicks and drag ‘n drop. Students can customize their strips with their own photos and characters.
This archived web site hosts a set of well-chosen links in both art and music for this student population. While many of the resource are no longer available on-line, sites like Archive.org preserve the these resources for future generations.