ARTS EDUCATION AT HOME
PCCY’s Picasso Project is working to assure that students have access to arts-based learning while schools are closed due to
COVID-19. Especially during this time, the arts are critical for helping children connect with each other, express themselves and process stress, and stay engaged in creative learning.
This toolkit, made possible through the generous support of Wells Fargo Foundation, is designed to help parents and educators facilitate arts learning from home for children and teens. A curated selection of free arts education resources is listed below by artistic discipline: general art/virtual field trips, visual arts, music, dance/movement, and theater/poetry.
This toolkit is updated regularly, and please follow Picasso Project on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, hashtag #ArtsEdAtHome, for the latest resources. Please reach out if you have any questions or additional resources to share: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read To Me
READ TO ME is a read aloud book video series presented by PCCY’s Picasso Project. The goal of READ TO ME is to provide children with a curated selection of books for all ages read by caring, experienced adults. We are building a free YouTube “library” of read aloud books to share with children in Philadelphia and across the internet. Videos can be found on our YouTube Page. We are seeking volunteers to create short (~5 minute) videos of themselves reading a favorite children’s book. Books for all ages, in all languages, are welcome. If you would like to participate, send an email to Tim Gibbon at email@example.com.
Time Capsule Fun
We are living through history right now. Take some time to fill in the pages of this time capsule for your children’s future self to look back in. Check out this really fun activity as a PowerPoint or download as a PDF.
General Arts / Virtual Field Trips
- 10 Top Museums You Can Explore Right Here, Right Now (from Google Arts & Culture)
- All the virtual concerts, plays, museums and other culture you can enjoy from home (from CNN)
- 12 virtual museum tours (from Travel & Leisure Magazine)
- #OnePhillyArt presents a weekly art-making theme. Participants can post art in their windows, use this Google Map to take an art tour, and share on social media.
- Rainbow Hunts are another great collaborative window and chalk art project. Make and share rainbow-themed art social media and using this Google Map.
- Lunch Doodle with Mo Willems: daily videos, in collaboration with the Kennedy Center.
- Homeschool with MuralArts: video series with terrific creative projects for kids & parents alike.
- Fresh Artists: Weekend Art Kits & Matching Games (cost to purchase kits)
- The Clay Studio’s Clay: At Home series of online how-to videos, artist talks and live conversations
- ArtWell’s Art-A-Day series: helpful parent/student resources, links to educational guides, and connections to other support networks for artists.
- Fabric Workshop at Home: easy-to follow video tutorials for fiber-arts activities
- Art at Home with Spiral Q: A great series on short tutorial videos, focused on social justice themes.
- MAKE: Daily video art lessons via Facebook Live
- Artrageous with Nate: YouTube “Quarantine Relief” series, using household materials
- Artsonia has great project tutorial videos made by art teachers
- Art Bar Blog “Kids in Quarantine” series includes some great project ideas
- Take free drawing classes from famous illustrators (from Fast Company)
- 4 Websites Where Kids Can Create Digital Art: (from Scholastic)
- Coloring Nature: Hundreds of educational-themed, printable coloring pages
- Playtime Playlist: A great calendar of free live streaming music performances for children
- Silk Road Song Of Comfort: peaceful live music by Yo-Yo Ma and other renowned musicians
- Guitar/Bass/Ukulele lessons from Fender.com: currently free for 3 months.
- Chrome Music Lab: This site “makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments.”
- Fender: 3 months of free guitar lessons
- Jazz: Limited free jazz lessons and materials
- Yousician: thousands of songs and exercises, free trial
- Musicards: learning how to read music
- Dance activities for kids: Teach your child about different types of music and how to interpret the music through dance
- MUVEmethod Dance Videos: This Youtube channel has tons of videos with songs and suggestions for general ways to structure dancing at the various parts of the songs
- Dance Party Games: These dance-based games can be played even with just a few participants
- Debbie Allen Dance Academy: Find some great dancing videos and pictures on the Instagram account of the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. There’s also a link on the page to sign up for virtual dance classes
- Zumba for Kids: These two links take you to Youtube videos that show Zumba dance routines for kids
- DJ Mel’s Facebook-live Living Room Dance Party: DJ Mel does a kid friendly dance party once a week through Facebook-live
- Cosmic Kids Yoga: This Youtube account has tons of videos of yoga routines for kids
Theater, Spoken Word, Poetry
- Poems From Home: An Instagram poetry course for everyone by educators who are at home
- Free Streaming Theater: This article tells you where you can find filmed Broadway plays streaming online
- Pop-Up Theater Classes: Civic Theater is providing free pop-up theater classes streaming live on their Facebook page Monday through Friday at 2pm
- Drama Games for Kids: An extensive list of drama games and activities for kids
- 6 Kids’ Acting Games: If the list above is a bit overwhelming, start with these six popular acting activities to sharpen your child’s acting skills
- Theater/drama activities for a More General Audience: These two links have fun activities for kids who aren’t necessarily aiming to get the lead role in their school play, but instead just want to have fun and put on a play at home
- COVID-19 Resources for Arts Educations and Learners (from Arts Ed Collab.)
- Pennsylvania Art Education Association (PAEA) Remote Arts Learning Blog
- National Association for Music Education (NAFME) COVID-19 Resources & News
- State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) Resource List
- The Art of Education University – 27 Art Activities and Lessons to Try at Home
Funding for this valuable resource was made possible thanks to the generous support of Wells Fargo Foundation.
If you are also able to support this critical work, your contribution would be greatly appreciated.