Online Arts Lessons
Visual & Performing Arts Online Lessons
Visual and performing arts teachers have created videos and lessons that you can do at home. They are in music, theatre, and visual art. Students can do them independently or with someone else. The lessons require minimal materials – things you can find in your home.
In addition, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture created an online video series with teaching artists through our joint initiative, The Creative Advantage. To see the full series, visit Creative Advantage Online Arts.
How much art should I do?
- Students should engage in 60 minutes of any arts discipline per week to meet elementary standards in the arts. You can always do more!
- Making art doesn’t have to happen all at once as students can create in small 10-minute sections or stay with it for as long as they like.
Explore. Engage. Have fun!
Singing and General Music
Songs, Games, and Reading:
- Videos: Grades K-2 – Lesson 1 Songs, Games & Books • Lesson 2 Songs, Games & Books
- Videos: Grades 3-5 – Exploring Black Women’s History
Patterns in Music:
- Video: Grades K-2 Animal Rhythms
- Video: Grades 3-5 Body Percussion
Make a Musical Instrument:
- Video: Grades K-2 Found Instruments
- Video: Grades 3-5 Body Percussion
- Video: Grades K-2: Rhythm Patterns
- Video: Grades 3-5: Your Voice Matters
Singing From Your Diaphragm with Erica Merritt: Learn why it is important to sing from your diaphragm with teaching artist Erica Merritt. This lesson includes a breathing game and song.
Preparing to Sing with Erika Merritt: Learn how to prepare your face and body for singing. This lesson includes facial exercises and what to do with feelings of being nervous and anxious when singing in front of others. This lesson is great for learners of all ages, particularly youth grades 3-8.
Articulation in Singing with Erica Merritt: Learn exercises to increase articulation, the formation of clear and distinct sounds in speech or song, using your tongue, jaw, teeth and lips when singing so that every word you sing can be understood. This lesson is great for learners of all ages, particularly youth grades 3-8.
Elementary Instrumental Music
Select your instrument and find video lessons (and have fun)!
Theatre and Movement
Concept: Shape, Line, and Texture
- Video: Art K-2, Shape Art with Shading
- Video: Art K-2, Line
- Video: Art K-2, Texture and Corresponding Lesson: Art K-1 Line Shape Texture (Window Heart)
- Video: Art 3-5, Shape Art Collage
- Video: Art 3-5, Line
- Video: Art 3-5, Texture
- Video: Art 3-5, Imagination and Details and Corresponding Lesson: Art 4-5 Line Shape Texture
Concept: Balance and Symmetry
- Video: Art K-2, Symmetry and Corresponding Lesson: Art K-1 Symmetry – Land Art
- Video: Art 3-5, Radial Symmetry and Corresponding Lessons: Art 2-3 Radial Symmetry – Land Art and Art 4-5, Asymmetry – Land Art
Online Learning by Creative Advantage Partners
When schools closed Spring 2020, Creative Advantage arts partners got to work to ensure that youth (and adults too) get arts learning while at home.
Arts Corps : Live youth arts events and pre-recorded on-line lessons for all ages in multiple disciplines, including a daily YouthSpeaks writing prompt
Bayfest Youth Theatre : Theatre and dance lessons
Coyote Central : Lessons in sculpture, painting, origami, writing, culinary, film-making
KUOW RadioActive : Radio stories by area youth made during the pandemic
MoPOP : K-12 lessons in crafting, fantastic creatures and social activism
Moving Minds Dance : Keep dancing at home!
Seattle Opera : Opera Time for kids, ages 2-7
Seattle Theatre Group : Videos led and created by STG Teaching Artists and offer a variety of genres including dance, music, and musical theatre.
STYLE : Weekly read-aloud lesson with original soundtracks.