In today’s blog, Cindy Omidi discusses the National Gallery of Art’s resources for children.
One of the best-kept secrets in the world of educational resources is the National Gallery of Art’s website. Specifically designed with kids in mind, the NGAkids Art Zone is a wonderland of activity for young, creative minds. Featuring everything from interactive painting activities to a customized art tour just for kids, the NGA obviously knows how to get children interested in all aspects of art.
If you have children of any age, or if you are a teacher, spend some time getting to know what the site is all about. You’ll be surprised; there are plenty of activities of interest to adults as well! In any case, get familiar with the site so you’ll be able to give your children a complete tour. Many of the activities are designed to be enjoyed by the entire family, so don’t make the mistake of thinking this is a “kids’ only” website.
Just what can children do when they visit the Art Zone? Here’s a sample of what’s available:
- Brushster: Kids can utilize a full-color palette to make fun abstract paintings.
- Faces & Places: This feature allows children to build animated portraits, landscapes and much more.
- Lizzy & Gordon: Want to learn more about the National Gallery’s sculpture garden? Follow Lizzy and her brother Gordon as they walk among the statues.
- Adventures in Art: This feature offers a kid-friendly tour of the NGA art collection, highlighting artworks that are chosen especially for children.
- Learning resources: Parents, teachers and entire families have countless resources at their fingertips when they visit the Art Zone. Navigate to family programs, sign up for newsletters, give feedback to the NGA, and access help and tech support, all from the main page of the Art Zone.
The National Gallery of Art is to be applauded for its dedication to art education. Young children are often left out of the loop when it comes to the world of art. Its Art Zone is a wonderful resource for parents, educators and, above all, kids!
Be safe and take care,
Cindy Omidi, along with her sons, Michael and Julian Omidi, is an advocate for the health and wellbeing of people and animals.