Art Links


Nasher Museum of Art

Ackland Art Museum

North Carolina Museum of Art


3D Design

Beginning, very intuitive CAD program with wide selection of ready-made objects with which to design.  Students can use to create 3D printer files! 

Drawing and Painting Tools

Nick Jr. Free Draw
Easy-to-learn digital drawing canvas for all elementary ages.

ABCya! Magic Pen
Drawing (and trying to balance!) shapes.

Color with Leo
Drawing, painting, portraits, and color mixing.  Especially good site for younger elementary kids.  I like how this site emphasizes using basic shapes to create drawings.

We use this one in our 4th grade digital drawing unit. It includes some good basic drawing tools, as well as some more powerful functions for those with more experience.

We've been using this cool online drawing tool in 4th and 5th grade. It's kid-friendly for the older grades, but has the benefit of using commands/icons similar to some more advanced, industry standard digital drawing and editing tools. (Click "Try Online" to access.)

For a tool that looks so simple, this one offers lots of creative choices.

Flame Painter
A tool that lets you create original paintings with "flame" brushes.  I could play with it all day!

Really cool tool for creating limitless radial designs.

Similar to Flamepainter, but easier controls and focuses on symmetrical designs.

Pencil Madness
Lots of sketching tools here in an easy-to-understand interface.

Scrap Coloring
Digitally decorate and color tons of blank coloring pages with customized color schemes and patterns.

What to Draw
A 1913 "How-to-draw" book online, with step by step illustrations on how to draw dozens of kid-friendly subjects. We have a lot of these types of books in the classroom, and students love to use them during free drawing time.

Line Rider

Creating with Patterns

This one will hypnotize you.

Spin Art
A digital version of those messy, old electric spin art toys.

Interactivate: Tessallate!
Simple tessellation tool. (Tessellations are arrangements of shapes in regular patterns.)

Make a Flake!
Make your own unique 6-pointed snowflakes -- the same method we use in class, just digital! Allows you to save your patterns, too, so you can recreate the design with paper.

Mandala Maker
Mandalas are geometric figures representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.

Photo Editing

This is a powerful online photo editor. "Express" is a simpler version that offers lots of "total photo" effects, while "Expert" has several tools similar to those found in Photoshop.

A little easier to learn than Pixlr with a lot of powerful and creative total photo effects, including some specific to portraits that allow the user to realistically apply makeup to a subject's face.

Other Media

Paper Critters
A tool for creating blocky, 3D "critters" with any personality the creator chooses.  Fans of Minecraft will probably enjoy this one!

This is Sand
One of those "What will they think of next" apps, but a neat medium to play with.

From the Museum of Modern Art, interactive, step-by-step processes for making several different types of prints.

Aminah's World
Cool collage tool based on the work of artist Aminah Robinson.

Famous Artists and Their Styles

Play with the colors on one of Warhol's iconic prints of Marilyn Monroe.
Paint in lines, drips, and splatters.  Painting begins with the first click or movement of your mouse.
Easy-to-use drawing pad for creating colorful works in this artist's modern style.
Create a face, Picasso-style! Easy and fun for kids.

Mondrian's Boogie Blocks
Deconstruct and reconstruct a cube to construct (sort of) Mondrian-like creations.

A little hard to figure out at first, but once mastered, artists can create very "Mondrianesque" artworks using his palette of primary colors and basic geometric shapes.

All About Art (with some games, too)

Google Arts and Culture
Google's resource for all things art, including the ability to take virtual tours of hundreds of art museums throughout the world.  Given the subject matter of some exhibits both on the main page and in some of the museums, parental guidance is advised.

Build Your Wild Self
Okay, so it's not "technically" an art site, but it's still a lot of fun for kids -- turn yourself into a wild animal.

Combine different animal parts - while learning interesting animal facts - to create your own bizarre animal. 

Toy Theater - Art
Lots of simple design games, including some 3D tools, as well as spin art, radial designs, and even a simple animator.  Some drawing and coloring pages, too.

Artist's Toolkit
Artist's Toolkit is a great site for elementary kids to learn about the elements of art and principals of design by seeing artworks come to life and then creating their own with simple digital palettes.
An interactive visit to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, friendly even for younger elementary students.
If you're ever in the nation's capital with an older student with art interests, the National Gallery of Art is an inspiring place. Many of the most famous artists we study in the art room are exhibited at the NGA. Online, their children's' website has project ideas, interactive creative tools, and lots of kid-friendly art history info.  Art tools require Adobe Shockwave.

Tate Kids
Loads of kid art games here from the Tate Museums in the UK.