INFORMATION ABOUT NGA KIDS: NGA Kids is sponsored by the National Gallery of Art, a national art museum located in Washington, D. C. It houses one of the finest art collections in the world. The museum has the only painting by Leonardo da Vinci in the Americas.In this wonderful interactive web 2.0 site, children can explore some of the museum’s holdings online, as well as create their own art projects using the site’s interactive tools. NGA Kids provides a fun way for students to explore the world of art and unleash their own creativity. While most of the site’s activities focus on art appreciation, teachers can readily integrate the interactive art tools into lessons across the curriculum. Often when thinking about creativity, we think of the arts. This site’s resources and interactive features will certainly inspire and expand students’ creativity. When paired with learning content in social studies, science, math, and language arts, these activities can inspire creativity while developing investigative and analytical skills. Creativity and critical thinking skills can combine with engaging art projects to strengthen 21st century digital learning skills. Lesson Ideas:
During an author study of Leo Lionni, the first children's author/illustrator to use collage as the main medium for his illustrations, let students create their own colleges using the interactive COLLAGE I and COLLAGE II tools.
Have students create a character and setting for a short story using the interactive FACES AND PLACES tool. Pictures can be printed and displayed with their stories.
Using the interactive paint programs PAINTBOX and SWATCHBOX students can illustrate a research project or original stories.
Have students in your STEM classes experiment building a geometric sculpture using the interactive CUBITS tool.
Math classes can explore shapes, patterns, and symmetry using the interactive tools WALLOVERS and 3-D TWIRLER.
Most of the interactive tools on NGA Kids have a short set of concise instructions at the bottom of each work place.