While there’s no substitute for visiting a real art gallery, there are now a vast array of art and craft resources online which can help you to get an idea of different artists’ styles, and a glimpse of some of the artistic treasures of the world. Some of these are listed below.
National gallery UK – see some of the collections online, by theme or by period; read biographies of some famous artists; find background information to classical and mythological references in some of the pictures.
(Note that most major art galleries in the UK and elsewhere have online resources – try searching by name, or for ‘art galleries’).
Monet’s art – Links to anything related to Claude Monet, including his gardens at Giverny and lots of paintings. Suitable for all ages. See also C Monet gallery for more information about the author and his artwork, or the Artsy Monet site which has extensive information about this artist and exhibitions of his work.
Michaelangelo’s art – a site devoted to the life and works of the 16th century artist and sculptor Michelangelo Buonarroti.
Art attack – based on the British TV show, this site has some excellent ideas for different art styles, with simple explanations and examples, for children of all ages.
Download-a-dinosaur – create your own dinosaurs from paper, following the instructions. You need paper, a printer, scissors and glue.
Art junction – mostly intended for teachers, this is a big site with ideas for helping children learn to be artistic, a gallery of children’s artwork, and some suggested art projects. Well worth browsing.
Paper craft – download and print hundreds of designs, with instructions online, to create a wide variety of paper objects – animals, vehicles, national costumes, buildings around the world and much more. Something for all age groups.
Papier mache – excellent and thorough site explaining all that is needed for papier mache models, with several tutorials as well as some articles.
Kinder art – American site intended for home educating parents who want to teach art and craft formally. Hundreds of ‘lessons’ listing required resources for various projects – plenty of ideas, and they can always be presented informally!
Art studio – explanations about perspective, atmosphere, shading and other techniques. Ideal for teenage artists wanting to learn more.
Figure drawing – detailed and clear explanations of how to draw figures and portraits. Excellent resource for teenagers and adults.
Art Rage – excellent graphic art program which my older son used extensively while he was home educated.
Blender 3d graphics – my sons’ favourite 3d modelling program. The program is freeware and downloadable from this site. Galleries show the kind of artwork that can be produced using Blender.