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A Lifetime of Color

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What it is: A Lifetime of Color is a fun interactive environment where students can learn about, and study, art and artists.  in these “Art Edventures”, students will discover how great artists made their famous works and learn tips and techniques for create their own masterpieces.  A Lifetime of Color is split into activities for primary and intermediate students.  In the primary section, students will learn about line and shape, landscapes, color, architecture, industrial design, and portraits.  In the intermediate section, students will learn about the history of art, the art of crime detection, Leonardo, color theory, architecture, design and portraits.  In the study section of the Lifetime of Color site, students can explore a timeline, artists, and access a glossary.  The activities section includes technique demos, projects, and featured artists.  The lesson plans are cross curricular, combining art with science, social studies, math, and reading. 

How to integrate A Lifetime of Color into the classroom: One of the saddest developments to come out of the budget crisis is the cutting of the arts from education.  The arts are so important to learning and development.  Art asks students to think differently, creatively, innovatively.  Art is a necessary focus in education.  A Lifetime of Color is an excellent site to integrate art into a variety of subjects.  With ideas for the science, social studies, math, and reading classroom, there are no excuses for not infusing your classroom with art.  The activities lead and guide students to look at the world in new ways, to consider detail, and to interpret what they are viewing.  This is an excellent site for the art classroom but has activities that will easily extend and enrich any classroom.  Use the activities with the whole class using an interactive whiteboard or projector or set up A Lifetime of Color as a center on your classroom computers for students to visit.

Tips: Make sure to take a look at the lesson plans for your grade level, there are some fantastic ideas for introducing art to your curriculum.

Please leave a comment and share how you are using A Lifetime of Color in your classroom.

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8 Comments

  1. Kelly, you’ve had some excellent art resources on your site over the last little while and this is another one. What a great idea to have sections for primary and intermediate students.

  2. I am passing this site along to my art teachers. They are always looking for kid-friendly info about artists. The technique section also looks great! The Play section for primary looks good, too. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  3. I completely agree that it is so sad that the arts programs are cut-out. Many students use the arts as a way of release from various pressures and emotions. I remember how emotional being an adolescent was and I was glad to have the music and art for release. Plus, in many schools this is the only place that students can create.

  4. I love when people share art sites. I feel that is the one group of teachers that I have trouble finding good sites for. Thanks for this really great find and I’m sure that they will love it. Thanks for the find and sharing it with all of us.

  5. I agree that students need to be able to create in any and every classroom. What a great resource to share with all teachers, not just the art ones!

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