Tag Archives: art

Clipart source

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Just found this site that might just be another place to look when you can’t find the clipart that you want to use. Open Clip Art Library has thousands of images to download. May not be suitable for students to search but teachers could download some of the collections and pick and choose what to make available to students.  just another image site because we can never have enough clipart, pictures, and graphics to use in projects! 🙂

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Tux Paint and the First Project of the Year

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It’s getting to be closer and closer to the start of the new year and being back in the classroom so I’m starting to be in planning mode.  If you need a decent and FREE art program, I’ve mentioned this one before – Tux Paint. I’ve used it so much in the past with all grades.  Even the older kids liked using it. One of my first projects with my 1st graders this year will be a Tux Paint project to help them get used to our computers again. They’ll use the text option to type their name in the middle and add stamps around it showing things they like or things that tell about them. It’s a good get to know you project and you can see how well your kids can use the keyboard for their name. I’m showing a sample using my name.  What can you tell about me?

If you do decide to use Tux Paint I’d advise you to find the config file – I do this in our lab each year after reimaging – and change some of the options.  I like to save to an alternative directory which ends up being a saved folder on the desktop.  It ends up being saved as a png which is easily used in different programs. (I often have kids drag Tux Paint pictures into Comic Life. ) I also change some of the printing options, the blank screen check box and even the size the program opens as. You can set the options that work the best for your computers.

Sand Art

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Remember pouring colored sand into jars?  Then getting it home and all the pretty layers you’d made were now all jumbled or heaven forbid the container opened and the sand was all over the floor?  This site allows the fun and layers of color without the mess.  I learned about this sand site about a year ago and wish I could give credit to someone but…

It is a big hit with the kids.  I used it at the beginning of the year to give the new kindergarten kids experience on the Smartboards.  But I’ve found that all grade levels like it, just for something different.  It’s one of those calming sites that I’ll also go to as a stress reliever just to hear the sand and see the colors.

It’s easy to think there’s nothing on the site when you first get there because nopthing happens until you click the mouse.  To get colors press the “c” key.  when you’re on the color page draw your mouse across and you’ll get a changing color flow.  “E” gives you the choice to erase and start over.  A good beginning program for kindergarten and fun for everyone.

Jackson Pollock without the mess

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Most of you probably know about this site already since it’s been around for awhile.  You can even get it as an iphone app.  But our younger kids love it so I decided it’s worth sharing.  I teach at an Arts and Science magnet school so I’m always trying to incorporate art into my lessons with kids.  I also let them regularly “play” on art sites.  The links I have are HERE.  One of the favorites though, especially with the youngest students, is jacksonpollock.org.  I  find this site fascinating.  There’s something relaxing about watching the color flow and getting to throw it all over the screen without making a mess. It’s a good stress reliever! A mouse click changes the paint color and the space bar gives you a clean start.  Have fun!