Bill Zuk is a multimedia artist and Professor Emeritus in art education at the University of Victoria.


These are challenging times as we experience upheavals and temporary closures of schools due to the Covid 19 virus crisis. What challenges lie ahead? How will art programs continue to serve their students? What online ideas and instructional resources are available? The following ideas represent a small sample of online instructional resources for augmenting and enriching art education programs from K-12 and beyond.

National Film Board of Canada

Enrich your history and appreciation of art and culture with Canada’s leading artists from award winning animation film pioneer, Norman McLaren to celebrated Inuit artist, Kenojuak Ashevak.. All films in this collection are readily accessible and free of charge. See

Art 21

Access to art in the 21st century is an introduction to over 200 artists from around the world including famed Chinese artist Ai weiwei, and Canadian artists, Brian Jungen, Liz Magor, and Jeff Wall. The resource contains films and over 60 hours of full episodes for digital and television platforms. See

Kohl Children’s Museum

Kohl Children’s Museum has a Home Zone with numerous ideas under several titles that emphasize recycling. Ideas are also translated into Spanish.

Teaching and Learning Online: Home Art Supplies

Transform materials into creative art from available home supplies. Consult for a broad range of ideas and applications.

Preparing for the School Year 2020 and 2021: Tips for Teaching Visual Arts and Design in A Distance Learning Environment and Classroom

Ideas have been prepared for remote learning by the NAEA (National Art Education Association based in Reston, Virginia) for elementary, middle, and high school levels. A selection of their Elementary remote learning toolkit is offered below. Be aware that some of the offerings emphasize American art and culture and may be of less interest.

Palmer Museum of Art-African Brilliance

The Palmer Museum of Art has released a virtual tour of their special exhibition “African Brilliance”. This tour features clickable navigation through installation images, high resolution images of selected works, video “discussion” of selected works, and demo videos of art activities inspired by works included. GmUNodNvphd25jSjGwn2pyo93WSk8v4_umje5zmj76xu/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.ge5c5fd87d_0_43 offsite link

Impressionism on a Vinyl Record

This is a video teaching link containing information about Impressionism and how to paint with acrylic paint. It also includes a lesson on watercolor on a coffee filter and painting on a paper plate. The art of Van Gogh and Monet are used as examples. link

Barn Quilts

Barn Quilts is a video presentation by Kim Soule. Students are introduced to the art of quilts and barn quilts. They can choose to create a quilt square in a variety of ways including, markers on a post it note, painting on cardboard, square canvas or painting on a large piece of styrofoam. link

Fantastic Flipbooks

This video lesson was created for k-4 students but could easily work for middle school students. In this lesson students learn how to create a flip book. The art word of the day is animation. The artist connection is “the flippist.” offsite link

Magnificent Map Making

This video art lesson was designed for grades k-5 but is easily applicable for middle school students. In this lesson students learn how to create an Illustrated map. The art word of the day is cartography and the artist connection is Nate Padavick. offsite link

Game Design Challenge

Learning from home creates obstacles. These obstacles can help motivate us to redesign something as fun as a game. Within this 4-week unit students are challenged to ask, learn, imagine, design, build, then share, reflect and redesign a game. This unit was designed for middle school students in grade 6-8 but can be adapted for other ages.

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Repository of Distance Learning from Museums

With children and learners everywhere out of school for the foreseeable future, museums across the continent have come together to share their distance learning with you. Use the pull-down filters below to find the best programs and resources for your needs. offsite link

Skype with an Archaeologist in Ancient Corinth, Greece!

Behind the scenes photos from the Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth and the ongoing excavations in Ancient Corinth by the American School of Classical studies show what it’s like to work as an archaeologist in Greece! offsite link

Variety of slide share examples for Elementary

ELEM In this Google Folder you will find an Elementary Art Guide to Online Learning and several examples of activities used with Lincoln Public Schools students. Efforts were made to find fair use images or to receive permission from artists. g

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#togetherweARTbetter…Art Lessons Kids Can Do From Home!

#togetherweARTbetter is more relevant than ever before so enjoy this video and this packet of 15 art lessons that can be geared for all levels of learners!

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Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings Hosting Virtual Tours

A dozen of Frank Lloyd Wright’s iconic designs are available to explore as part of the #WrightVirtualVisits initiative. Some links available on this page, others require Instagram.  offsite link

Getty Artworks Recreated with Household Items by Creative Geniuses the World Over Recreate your favorite art using just three objects lying around home using digitized and downloadable artworks from Getty’s online collection. he-world-over/

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Adobe Education Exchange

The Adobe Education Exchange is the free learning platform and community, designed by educators for educators, to ignite creativity in the classroom. offsite link

Art21 Educators’ Guides (more details about art in the 21st century)

Educator Guides are designed to be used as a resource in the classroom before, during, and after viewing Art21 films. These guides provide information about selected artists and themes, questions for classroom discussions, and hands-on activities that provide students with a fundamental understanding of creative and critical thinking processes. offsite link

Tech Giants Come Together to Offer Free Lessons!

Media, Education and Tech Giants Come Together to Offer Free Lessons, Activities During Pandemic — All in One Curated Place! The site brings together content from a diverse group of companies to help students, teachers and families find free, reliable resources while school buildings are shuttered. offsite link

12 World Class Museums You Can Visit Online

Virtual museum tours for: The Louvre; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; The National Gallery Of Art; The British Museum; Smithsonian National Museum Of Natural History; The Metropolitan Museum Of Art; The Dalí Theatre-Museum; Nasa; The Vatican Museums; The National Women’s History Museum; The National Museum Of The United States Air Force; The Google Art Project. offsite link

K-12 Art Materials Brainstorming Worksheet

This worksheet walks through reflection and planning for building their own artist tool kit for remote learning

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Art Exploration: Land Art

This is a K-2 lesson exploring Land Art x0sw8BnXAAYOSZA?e=3H4i4p

Creative Constraints: El Anatsui

This is a 3-5 lesson exploring Land Art with examples by El Anatsui Resource download offsite link Ed5AbLghF9Xw8vnQ?e=8p0eYL

The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections

Access endless open content including educational resources for e-learning and virtual retreats to art, culture, and history around the globe. This is the museum technology community’s time to shine! offsite link

NGA Kids

National Gallery of Art for iPad. Great resource with loads to do! offsite link

ArtGames 2.0

The ArtGames app features seven unique video games based on seven artworks in the Albright-Knox’s collection. offsite link

A. Pintura Art Detective Interactive art detective game. offsite link

Inside Art

An interesting walk through some historical artwork.

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Create picasso like artwork online. Flash Player Required.

Mixing Colors!

Interactive website to learn how to mix colors. offsite link

Captain Underpants Artist at Home!

Cartoonist Dan Pilkey produces weekly drawing exercises! All free!

At Home with the Reggio Approach

Each day Reggio Children and the Preschools and Infant-toddler Centres – Istituzione of Reggio Emilia Municipality, are continuing to develop ideas and initiatives, for us to stay together, play together, and make school together.

PBS Learning Media – Hundreds of Resources!

WFYI and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers of all subjects. offsite link

Study Says Making Art Reduces Stress

Researchers found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly decreases stress in the body. dccac

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Workshop

Website adventure for student learning about Leonardo Da Vinci. do/index.html

Color Theory Vs. Dr. Grary and his Dechromatizer

A game about color theory. Interesting and creative fun. a1.html

Remote Learning using Artsonia

Use Artsonia to engage in remote-learning with your students. Learn how to use Classroom Mode, communicate with parents and create projects that your students can submit. There are also links to videos, project ideas and lesson plans. offsite link


Dozens of online resources are available. Some require ‘signing up’ and registering for a fee; others are available free. The goal in this overview was to select the best, ‘easy to access’ ideas with no restrictions or ‘fees for use’. Hopefully these ideas stimulate further discussion of online instructional art resources and generate more ideas for a future Journal issue.

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