Fine Arts Resources

Curated by Knovation's Curriculum Specialists
Below are a few sample Fine Arts learning resources from our Content Collection.
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Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra: Let's Discover Music: Activities for Kids

Through playing five games, children learn what various instruments sound like, about different types of music, and how instruments as different as a violin and a bassoon work.
Fine Arts
Elementary
Learning Game

Annenberg Media: The Arts In Every Classroom Workshop

This online workshop offers information and strategies to help elementary school teachers integrate arts teaching into their curriculum. It includes activities, discussion questions, videos, and links to additional resources.
Fine Arts
Elementary
Professional Learning Resource

Arts Education Partnership

The Arts Education Partnership website has an abundance of information about art programs and provides information about art policies, issues, and activities at the national, state, and local levels.
Fine Arts
Middle
Professional Learning Resource

Classics for Kids: Musical Dictionary

This online music dictionary offers more than just definitions. Most terms have vocalized pronunciations and audio examples, as well.
Fine Arts
Middle
Website

Alan Belkin Music: On Learning Musical Craft

Alan Belkin provides four of his pedagogical booklets about composing music. They discuss fundamental principles of musical composition, counterpoint, orchestration, and harmony. and provide guidance to student composers.

Fine Arts
High
ebook

Museum Network: Material World

This site, from a network of British museums, introduces students to the types of materials artists use to make art. Students can examine where types of materials come from, how artists use them, and see examples from museums. There is also a glossary of terms available, so students can discus...

Fine Arts
Elementary
Interactive Media

Becker Collections: Drawings of the American Civil War

The Becker Collection showcases the drawings and observations of artist-reporters who worked for "Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly Newspaper," a newspaper of the time. Find a visual record of the war along with other drawings that document what life was like in nineteenth-century America. Browse...
Fine Arts
High
Visual Material

Platonic Realms: The Mathematical Art of M.C. Escher

Math Academy Online presents a great M.C. Escher (1898-1972 CE) site for connecting the arts and mathematics. As even Escher said, "For me it remains an open question whether [this work] pertains to the realm of mathematics or to that of art." Here you will find a biography of Escher as well as m...
Fine Arts
High
Website

Tate Kids: My Imaginary City

Students of all ages will enjoy this creative and inspiring site! As they create their own cities, they will learn about perspective, use of color, layering elements, and other artistic techniques. They can also consider social elements, such as livability and ease of movement around a landsca...

Fine Arts
Elementary
Interactive Media

PBS LearningMedia: Design Squad: Truss Bridge

In this video segment adapted from Design Squad, a PBS TV series featuring high school contestants tackling engineering challenges, students employ the concepts of tension and compression as they build a truss bridge without the aid of power tools. [5 min, 55 secs]
Fine Arts
High
Website

ArtsAlive: English Theatre

ArtsAlive provides a detailed look into world of professional theatre. Thematically organized content walks through all the processes involved in "transforming a play from the page to the stage," including playwriting, directing, acting, and production. Learning activities are also included.
Fine Arts
Middle
Website

Kennedy Center: ArtsEdge: Playing with Shadows: Introduction to Shadow Puppetry

This multimedia-rich introduction to the ancient form of puppetry known as shadow puppetry or shadow plays invites students to learn, then create their own shadow puppet performances.
Fine Arts
Elementary
Interactive Media

PBS Treasures of the World: Guernica-Testimony of War

A wonderful site describing Pablo Picasso's "Guernica," a mural he created for the 1937 World's Fair. The resource examines the civil war raging in Picasso's homeland of Spain and the frustration he felt toward the violence taking place there. Be sure to check out the "Education," link on the lef...
Fine Arts
High
Website

SFS Kids: Music Lab

Part of a larger site from the San Francisco Orchestra, this page describes the language of music and musical notation. The site also describes measures, time signatures, clefs, notes, and other basics of musical notation.
Fine Arts
Middle
Interactive Media