6 Art Activities for Remote Learning
During this unprecedented time, with so many of us cooped up in our houses, art teachers and families are scrambling for activities that offer boredom-busting art enrichment. In this post, you’ll find art activities for remote learning.
All the projects use basic supplies, and for most you’ll need access to a printer. Whether you are an art teacher who is teaching remotely, a homeschooling parent, or you want some fun art activities for your children and teens, we’ve got you covered!
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In this post, you’ll find:
- Sketch Artist drawing game
- Art Bingo
- How to draw videos for kids
- A printable STEAM project
- Ideas and printables for a virtual comic book club
- Anamorphic drawing worksheet for tweens & teens
Free Art Activities for Remote Learning
Sketch Artist Drawing Game
The Sketch Artist game is always a winner! We use this during our art workshops and in the classroom for early finishers. Below you’ll find a video of how to play the game using video conferencing on your phone or computer. All players will need to print out the photos and instructions. It’s good for ages 6 and up.
Supplies you’ll need:
- paper for sketching
- printed photos of “suspects”
- construction paper or card stock paper
- tape or stapler
In the game, one person is the witness to a crime and the other person is a police sketch artist. The witness opens an envelope, and without showing the sketch artist, takes the picture of the “suspect” out of the envelope. The witness must describe the person/suspect with as much detail as possible. The sketch artist draws the suspect as best they can from the description.
Then it’s time for the best part: the big reveal! When the witness reveals the photograph to the sketch artist there’s always laughter and comments like, “Oh, that’s what you were talking about!” Of course, it’s not easy to draw someone from a verbal description, so it’s always a fun surprise to see the finished sketch.
Even some professional sketch artists can’t get it right. If you don’t believe me, follow these links to 21 of the Worst Police Composite Sketches Ever Circulated and a newscast blooper with a truly awful suspect drawing that somehow caught the crook!
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Free STEAM Activity
Balancing Circus Performers is an easy STEAM activity you can use at home with elementary age children. The acrobats will sway and move but they won’t fall. Use the activity to spark discussions about balance, bilateral symmetry and center of gravity.
Supplies you’ll need:
- crayons or markers (optional)
- 2 pennies
- printed PDF on cardstock paper
Here’s how to make one:
- Cut carefully around both copies of the performer
- Color both sides with markers
- Lay one figure face down. Tape a penny onto each hand
- Put the second cut-out figure on top, so it covers the pennies
- Tape around the sandwiched copies so you don’t have any buckling or big gaps
- Have the kids guess how it’s able to balance and sway without falling off
The Acrobats can balance on one point because the weight and location of the pennies creates a low center of gravity. The figures have bilateral symmetry which helps them balance. Let your child experiment with where they can balance the circus performer. The cutest is when kids balance it on their nose!
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Easy Drawing Step-by-Step Videos
Pop up Art School has just released a series of easy, how-to-draw videos for kids. Learn how to draw animals, everyday objects, and food. Each video is less than three minutes long and features Pop up Art School’s very own Janell Genovese Scannell. Janell is a professional illustrator whose work has been featured in the Boston Globe, American Girl and Scholastic. The videos are best for kids 1st through 4th grade.
We’re adding more easy how to draw videos every day on our YouTube channel!
Art History Game for Children & Teens
Our canvas painting workshops usually require time for paint drying, which is when we break out our version of Art Bingo. To adapt Art Bingo for remote learning, both players need to print out bingo cards. Game time takes about 30 minutes and it serves as a review of famous artworks and artists.
Supplies you’ll need
- Printed Art Bingo cards
- Printed list of artist names for bingo caller
- Bingo markers (pennies or cut pieces of paper)
- Prizes (optional)
Art Bingo features famous paintings by artists. The artworks featured run the gamut from old masters to contemporary artists such as Monet, Klee, Hockney and Haring.
Art teachers: Art Bingo is a fun game to play during the last days of school!
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Comic Book Club Printables
We designed the Comic Book Club worksheets as an optional take-home project for students. It has multiple steps which will keep kids busy.
You can invite your child’s friends to make a comic book too! Completed project sheets can be shared with the group via email or videoconference.
Teachers can use Comic Book Club as a companion to writing lessons when students are learning how to develop characters, and structure stories with a beginning, middle and end.
Supplies you’ll need
- Fine-tip black marker or ballpoint pen
- Printed comic book club worksheets
Children should complete the three project worksheets before they make the final draft of their comic.
On the Project #1 worksheet, you’ll draw the main character. It must be a complete figure, head-to-toe. In addition, you should write two or three sentences about the character.
The Project #2 worksheet is for the development of the other characters in the comic. There are four squares to create 1 to 4 additional characters.
The Project #3 worksheet is for the beginning, middle and end of the story. Use this as a reference when you draw the final draft.
Once all three project worksheets are done, you’ll have a main character, sub-characters and the structure of the story. Now they are ready to draw the final draft on pages 6 & 7 of the PDF.
Page 6 of the PDF, is the cover and page 3 of the finished comic book. On the cover, you should write your name where indicated. In the largest frame, illustrate the cover which will serve as an introduction to the story and the main character.
Page 7 of the PDF, is page 1 and 2 of the finished comic book. Each page of the finished comic, should correlate with the outline of the story: Page 1 is the beginning of the story, page 2 is the middle and page 3 is the end.
Draw your comic book in pencil then go over the lines with the fine-tip black marker or ballpoint pen.
Here’s a tip for making speech bubbles: Always write the words first, then outline with a speech bubble. This prevents making your speech bubble too small for the dialogue.
Once everyone has completed their comics, it’s time to make copies. If you are quarantined at home you can copy the finished comic double-sided and fold it like a book. Normally, each student who participates in the comic book club receives a copy of all the comic books created. But in remote learning situations that will have to wait until the quarantine is over!
Here’s an article about Pop up Art School at the South Shore Charter Public School in Rockland, MA, where we taught a four week afterschool Comic Book Club using the worksheets.
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Free Anamorphic Drawing Worksheets for Teens
Want to know how to make a 3D drawing that appears to float? Of course you do! Here’s a PDF drawing tutorial on anamorphic drawing. This is a great worksheet for tweens and teens. Anamorphic art is a fascinating artform which you can learn more about in our resources section below. You’ll find links to anamorphic artwork from the Renaissance to contemporary art.
An anamorphosis is a distorted image that can only be seen in its correct proportions from a certain angle, or when using a special mirror or lens. The artist uses forced perspective to create an illusion.
There are two types of anamorphosis: mirror and perspective. Mirror anamorphosis uses a cylindrical mirror to view the image in its correct state. Perspective anamorphosis requires the viewer to look at the image from a specific angle.
A well-known painting that uses perspective anamorphosis is Hans Holbein’s The Ambassadors, painted in 1533 during the Renaissance. To see the hidden image, the viewer must place their head near the lower right-hand corner of the painting, and look to the left, to see the skull in its correct proportions. Viewed from any other angle it looks like a skull that’s stretched and tipped on its side.
The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger
TRULY design is a visual communication studio founded in 2007 and directed by urban artists active in the graffiti scene since 1996. Check out their portfolio of anamorphic and optical illusion public art.
Perspective anamorphic art by Felice Varini.
Anamorphic sculptures by Jonty Hurwitz.
Mirror anamorphosis by István Orosz.
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If you missed it above: We’re hard at work on new versions of Sketch Artist and Art Bingo, to be released during this time of remote learning. If you want to know when we release new draw-along videos and new versions of the games email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org and type, “Add me to your email list” in the subject line.
In this difficult time of remote learning, we hope our art activities help to inform and entertain your family & students.
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