link href="https://plus.google.com/105180843886608885764" rel="publisher">
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. This teacher resource is a great addition to your classroom's art supplies for kids!
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.
21st Century Learning Skills
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 learning skills.
In the Classroom
To prepare computers for the interactive tools, technical tips are provided on the left side of the site’s home page. Be sure to download the latest versions of Adobe© Shockwave, Flash, and Reader before beginning activities.
Obviously NGA Kids is a good resource for the art curriculum for upper elementary grades and beyond.
Multiple learning styles and differentiated instruction can be addressed with many of the suggested activities and interactive features.
The site's Art Zone contains the interactive art tools that can be integrated into lessons across the curriculum to promote creativity and the use of varied media.
Some classroom examples using interactives in the Art Zone-
Other interactive tools, along with teacher resources and lessons are available on the site.
Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Several Common Core mathematics standards in the Geometry domain can be addressed with the WALLOVERS, 3-D TWIRLER, and CUBITS tools.
Students' original art works can serve as a stimulus or prompt for creative writing assignments that support Common Core Anchor Standards in Writing.
Text Types and Purpose
Production and Distribution of Writing
Most of the interactive tools on NGA Kids have a short set of concise instructions at the bottom of each work place.
Registration and log in is not required for this site. Students are not asked to give names or any other personal information.
If this page was helpful to you, please share it with others by using the buttons below.
Return from the NGA Kids page to the CREATIVITY page.
Return to the Home page.