Resources for Grades 6–8

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various arts apps

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Best Arts Education Apps and Websites

Empower your students to move from consumption to creation and to make their voices and perspectives heard.

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various created images

Website/App

grades 6–12

Canva

Create cool images and designs in minutes with this easy-to-use tool.

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vietnam's ancient lithophone

Video

Preschool–grade 7

Vietnam's Ancient Lithophone

Listen to the beautiful sounds from Vietnam's ancient lithophone, or the đàn đá, made from granite, stone, wood, and corals.

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money-making moves

Worksheet

grades 4–6

Money-Making Movies

Use facts about these popular holiday movies to practice some math skills and graph your results.

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a tribute to free speech

Video

grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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telling stories without words

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

Telling Stories Without Words

Take a closer look at what it's like to be a photojournalist, and read what one photojournalist has to say about her job.

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sally ride

Video

grades 3–7

Sally Ride, American Astronaut

Learn about Sally Ride and her incredible journey to become the first American woman astronaut to fly in space.

Video

grades 4–8

5 Women Artists' Stories

Learn about Sonia Boyce, Barbara Hepworth, Yayoi Kusama, Georgia O’Keefe, and Dayanita Singh, five women artists who have changed the art world.

Video

grades 6–12

Shantell Martin: Follow the Pen

Take a glimpse at Shantell Martin's stream-of-consciousness drawings. With a marker, use words and lines to make your own creative expression.

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sissieretta jones

Video

grades 7–12

Sissieretta Jones: The Sweetest Songs

Learn about the talented opera singer Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. Warning: Contains graphic content.

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meta warrick fuller

Video

grades 7–12

Trailblazing Sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller

Watch this video to learn why artist Meta Warrick Fuller was nicknamed "the sculptor of horrors" for her dark, expressive creations.

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a cultural journey across america

Website/App

grades 6–12

A Cultural Journey Across America

Choose an artist or area to explore and discover the rich diversity of cultures and folk traditions across the United States.

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diy comic book

Activity

grades 3–8

DIY Comic Book

Dream of writing your own graphic novel or zine to share with friends? Learn how to start with a single sheet of paper. Then start creating!

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Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum: Design at Home: mini exhibit

Activity

grades 6–12

Design It Yourself: Mini-Exhibit

Click through the introductory slides, and then design your own mini-exhibit using objects found in your home.

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fun fall notecards

Activity

grades 6–12

Fun Fall Note Cards

Go through this multistep process to create a fun—but sophisticated—piece of fall-inspired art that you can keep or share as a note card.

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make two cool collages

Activity

grades K–6

Make Two Cool Collages

Grab some art supplies, then follow along with this video that'll help you create two types of collages.

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story sparks

Activity

grades 7–12

18 Story Sparks to Get You Writing

Create your own short story inspired by photographs and illustrations.

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create a cut out figure

Activity

grades K–6

Create a Cutout Figure

Create along with this video that'll show you how to create a cutout, draw, and color a portrait of someone you know.

Activity

grades 6–12

Your Dream Vacation

Where would you go? Why? Research the details of a city or town and then create a travel brochure!

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diy ornament

Activity

grades 3–6

Awesome Decoration

Gather some simple crafting materials, and then go step by step to make a piñata-shaped ornament.

Activity

grades 6–12

Visual Essay

Go out (or stay in) and take photos -- or make drawings -- of your world that you'd like to share with someone. Add short reflections to each photo or drawing and email your special person the essay.

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Activity

grades 3–6

DIY Putt-Putt

Using items from around your home, create a mini-golf course. Find objects to use as a club and golf ball, and then put it to the test!

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a little boy being a magician

Activity

grades 2–6

Master Some Magic

Try out some of these magic tricks to mystify and entertain family and friends.

Activity

Preschool–grade 12

Guess the Animal

How does a penguin walk? A giraffe stand? A puppy behave? Choose an animal to mimic and walk around the room until the answer is guessed.

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various arts apps

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Best Arts Education Apps and Websites

Empower your students to move from consumption to creation and to make their voices and perspectives heard.

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telling stories without words

Article/Ebook

grades 3–6

Telling Stories Without Words

Take a closer look at what it's like to be a photojournalist, and read what one photojournalist has to say about her job.

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jerry lawson

Article/Ebook

grades 8–12

Video Game Pioneer Jerry Lawson

Read this article about inventor and engineer Jerry Lawson, who developed the first interchangeable, cartridge-based video game system—before Atari and Nintendo!

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various coding apps

Article/Ebook

Preschool–grade 12

Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding

Through coding, students build essential literacy skills, gain an understanding of logic and sequence, and learn the mechanics of iteration.

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tech creation apps

Article/Ebook

grades K–12

Best Tech-Creation Tools

Find a new tool for students to learn through making as they build meaning, work through problems, and acquire new knowledge and skills.

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novelist jerry craft

Article/Ebook

grades 5–6

8 Questions for Jerry Craft

Read about how graphic novelist Jerry Craft discovered comics and why he wrote his Newbery Award-winning book New Kid.

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Design icons

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grades 6–12

99% Invisible

Learn how architecture and design shape our everyday world with the stories and history behind things we rarely think about.

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Audio

grades 4–12

Listen to Some Shakespeare

Find a comfy chair, get out your headphones, and listen to a Shakespeare play performed by actors from the Folger Theatre.

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visual crosswords

Interactive

grades 6–12

Visual Crosswords

Think creatively and conceptually about art with this inventive painting- and picture-based crossword game.

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a building with crazy architecture

Interactive

grades 6–8

World's Zaniest Buildings

Take a virtual tour of some of the world's most unconventional buildings. Then, using materials from home (or just pen and paper), try designing your own.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Virtual Van Gogh

Take a virtual walk-through tour of this Amsterdam monument to Van Gogh's work. Then, browse over 150 high-res images of his most important works.

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picture of a sculpture in the Vatican

Interactive

grades 3–8

Visit the Vatican

Wander the richly decorated halls of this unique holy city-state—completely free of crowds!

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coloring page

Interactive

Preschool–grade 12

Art Coloring Book

Reimagine and re-color famous paintings with the click of a mouse.

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screenshot from website

Interactive

grades 3–8

Family Fun: Music and Dance

Explore this vast and vibrant collection of virtual tours all about how music and dance shape our world.

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a painting

Interactive

grades 6–12

Scream Trivia

Ever wonder about Edvard Munch's famous expressionist painting? This short interactive answers the awesome questions you didn't even know you had.

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Interactive

grades 3–8

Museum Magic

Explore the exhibit "Harry Potter: A History of Magic" from the British Library. Look for everything from real "magical" artifacts to J.K. Rowling's original sketches.

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Interactive

grades 1–6

Meet the Met

Get ready to explore over 5,000 years of art from across the globe.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Step into Shakespeare

Watch modern interpretations of classic plays and dive into the Bard's lasting legacy with this virtual exhibit on performing Shakespeare.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Explore Threatened Landmarks

Tour gorgeous cultural and historical sites being threatened by climate change in this virtual exhibit. Learn about ways architects are working to preserve them.

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Interactive

grades 6–12

Nature as Art

Discover the beauty of the wild with this virtual exhibit on natural history. Get up-close looks at sea creatures, dangerous wildlife, and dinosaur bones.

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different quilts

Lesson

grades 6–12

The Shape of Stories

Explore this exhibition focused on quilt-maker and artist Rosie Lee Tompkins, whose "put-togethers," as she puts it, experiment with color, shape, and texture.

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abstract art

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grades 5–8

Drawing to Music

Learn about synesthesia and how it influences musicians and artists. Then put some music on, get inspired, and draw.

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video title screen

Lesson

grades 1–6

A Truly Creative Curriculum

Move and create along with these high-energy video lessons that are sure to tap into your inner artist, writer, and performer.

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animated animals dancing

Lesson

Preschool–grade 12

Hour of Code

Try these engaging, one-hour introductory computer science tutorials, appropriate for all ages. There are hundreds of activities and tutorials in over 45 languages.

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sample image of coding

Lesson

grades 3–12

Quick Coding Course

Learn the fundamentals of computer science with drag-and-drop blocks. Create your own drawings and games.

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a foot on a distortion pedal

Lesson

grades 6–12

Design a Distortion Pedal

Discover the history of the distortion pedal, a little box that changed rock music. Then learn about what distortion is and design your own pedal.

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Lesson

grades 6–12

The Great Depression, Ken Burns in the Classroom

Examine this gallery of photos taken during the Great Depression. Use the Photo Analysis Worksheet to guide your thinking.

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programming sample

Lesson

grades 8–12

Meme Maker Tutorial

Play through Vidcode's super-simple but fun tutorial that focuses on creating custom social media-style filters.

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Lesson

grades 6–12

Imagineering in a Box

Perfect for Disney lovers, this incredible course covers the renowned Disney Imagineering method for storytelling and gets kids designing their own theme park attractions.

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Lesson

grades 6–12

Letters, Undelivered

Write a letter to someone important that you'll never actually send. Afterward, reflect on the experience.

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vietnam's ancient lithophone

Video

Preschool–grade 7

Vietnam's Ancient Lithophone

Listen to the beautiful sounds from Vietnam's ancient lithophone, or the đàn đá, made from granite, stone, wood, and corals.

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a tribute to free speech

Video

grades 6–12

A Tribute to Free Speech

Explore these art installations made from books that have been banned globally throughout various stages of history. Research the relationship between censorship and democracy.

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sally ride

Video

grades 3–7

Sally Ride, American Astronaut

Learn about Sally Ride and her incredible journey to become the first American woman astronaut to fly in space.

Video

grades 4–8

5 Women Artists' Stories

Learn about Sonia Boyce, Barbara Hepworth, Yayoi Kusama, Georgia O’Keefe, and Dayanita Singh, five women artists who have changed the art world.

Video

grades 6–12

Shantell Martin: Follow the Pen

Take a glimpse at Shantell Martin's stream-of-consciousness drawings. With a marker, use words and lines to make your own creative expression.

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sissieretta jones

Video

grades 7–12

Sissieretta Jones: The Sweetest Songs

Learn about the talented opera singer Sissieretta Jones, the first African American woman to headline at Carnegie Hall. Warning: Contains graphic content.

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meta warrick fuller

Video

grades 7–12

Trailblazing Sculptor Meta Warrick Fuller

Watch this video to learn why artist Meta Warrick Fuller was nicknamed "the sculptor of horrors" for her dark, expressive creations.

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future forest is made of plastic

Video

grades 3–12

The Future Forest Is Made of Plastic!

Visit this inspiring garden made of plastic waste. How can you use old toys or plastics from the recycling bin to make your own sculpture garden?

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flip flop sculptures

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Video

grades 3–12

Flip-Flop Sculptures

Watch how Ocean Sole is cleaning up the ocean by taking washed-up flip-flops and transforming them into beautiful sculptures.

Video

grades 6–12

Dance as Protest

Be moved by the 400-year-old history of bomba, a style of music and dance created by enslaved people that resisted colonial culture.

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the obliteration room

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Video

grades 6–12

The Obliteration Room

Watch as Tate Gallery visitors take part in Yayoi Kusama's interactive art exhibit. Visitors transform the white room by covering it with dot stickers in different colors.

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Jazz Hip-Hop

Video

grades 3–12

Jazz: The Mother of Hip-Hop

Sit down with jazz musician Robert Glasper, as he shows the jazz origins of famous hip-hop samples and tracks.

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various created images

Website/App

grades 6–12

Canva

Create cool images and designs in minutes with this easy-to-use tool.

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a cultural journey across america

Website/App

grades 6–12

A Cultural Journey Across America

Choose an artist or area to explore and discover the rich diversity of cultures and folk traditions across the United States.

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various artwork

Website/App

grades 6–12

Google Arts and Culture

Get free access to art collections and virtual field trips from around the world with 360-degree image tours of museums, famous sites, landmarks, and more.

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interface of Scratch

Website/App

grades 1–8

Scratch

Website teaches kids to program while they create games and animations. Lessons available in over 40 languages.

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screenshot from app

Website/App

grades 3–12

GarageBand

Turn your iOS device into a powerful multitrack recording studio complete with awesome loops, impressive editing and production features, and more.

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man designing an object

Website/App

grades 6–12

Autodesk Design Academy

Teach and learn digital design with clear and well-thought-out tutorials for teachers and students, plus high-quality digital materials.

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anchor app screenshot

Website/App

grades 7–12

Anchor

Record and publish your own podcast, then share it with the world.

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Learn Computer Science at Home

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Code.org

Learn computer science from home with lessons for all grades and abilities, from pre-readers to AP-level programming students.

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#metkids

Website/App

grades 1–6

MetKids

Get ready to explore over 5,000 years of art from across the globe with this whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art.

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students using a laptop

Website/App

grades 6–12

The Kennedy Center Classroom Resources

Browse hundreds of free, high-quality digital learning resources to incorporate the arts into any classroom.

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people in the asian art museum

Website/App

Preschool–grade 12

Asian Art Museum

Take an in-depth look at Asia's influence on art and history with inventive lessons, activities, videos, and images.

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creating a movie

Website/App

grades 6–12

WeVideo

Students of all ages can use this cloud-based video-editing site to showcase their creativity and demonstrate learning.

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money-making moves

Worksheet

grades 4–6

Money-Making Movies

Use facts about these popular holiday movies to practice some math skills and graph your results.

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recipe zine

Worksheet

grades 3–8

Recipe Zine

With a little folding and loads of creativity, use this template to make a recipe for yourself, a family member or friend, or anything!

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ancient art

Worksheet

grades 4–6

Ancient Art

Color the Incan textile pattern and then try to create your own version. What patterns do you see? What shapes will you include?

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Daily Art Challenges

Worksheet

Preschool–grade 8

Daily Art Challenges

Print or save these calendars and use them as inspiration for daily creative activities. They're open-ended and don't require any specific supplies.