Guide to Free Visual and Performing Arts Websites and Apps for Kids

Last updated: December 9, 2018

These 165 free websites and apps for kids bring the arts alive for kids.  Spark your students’ imagination and creativity with interactive projects and lessons in drawing, painting, sculpture, and art appreciation.  Kids can create music, write plays and perform them.  Learn photography, movie making, or dance. For teachers, many of the sites and apps include classroom activities and lesson plan ideas.

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    CultureStreet Art

    Get inspired by the artists and techniques illustrated on Culture Street, designed for kids ages 9-11.  View video workshops on textile printing, digital photography, pottery, drawing, sculpture, jewelry and screen printing.  Learn from the examples of a broad range of ...
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    Culture Street Film

    These video workshops, designed for kids ages 9-11, provide instruction in film making topics of location, props, storyboarding, software, editing, titles, and sharing.  Other topics include film animation, use of the green screen and cut out animation.  There are also ...
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    Artsonia Student Art Museum

    Billing itself as "the largest student art gallery on the web," Artsonia provides inspiration and recognition to K-12 students for their artwork.  This online museum houses millions of works submitted by teachers of their students' pieces.  You can browse the ...
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    Classics for Kids

    Classics for Kids contains a wealth of music, musical games, lessons, and activities on composers and musicians from Baroque composers of the 1600s, such as Purcell, to Modern composers, such as Copeland and Bernstein. There are brief biographies of composers, ...
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    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

    This interactive timeline of art history covers art periods from prehistory to the present from around the world. There are more than 900 essays accompanying the artwork to provide context of historic events, cultures, and how diverse civilizations encountered each ...
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    Theta Music Trainer

    From site: Ear training develops and ties together all the skills that allow musicians to play, improvise and compose music by ear. It is the key to becoming not just good, but great. The ear training games on Theta Music ...
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    Origami Resource Center

    From site: This origami resource center provides information about the art of paper folding. We provide links to diagrams, databases, book reviews, and ways to be a part of the paper folding community. In Japanese, the word “ori” means “to ...
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    National Jukebox

    From site: The Library of Congress presents the National Jukebox, which makes historical sound recordings available to the public free of charge. The Jukebox includes recordings from the extraordinary collections of the Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual ...
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    Teoria Music Theory Web

    Teoria provides tutorials and exercises on music theory that help to train your ear. Major concepts include the clef, intervals, chords, harmonic functions, key signatures, scales, rhythm and jazz. In addition, there are articles on music analysis and a reference ...
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    Doodle Buddy app

    Download this app to your iPhone or iPad to paint, draw, scribble or sketch ...
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    Interactive Music Projects

    Pick from several music projects to analyze a variety of music, listen to podcasts, and explore musical careers.  Types of music and rhythms presented for the projects include West African Rhythms, Syncopation, Electronic Textures, Layers of Sound, and Hip-Hop ...
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    Music and the Brain

    Learn how music affects our neurosystems, physical and mental health from these podcasts posted on the Library of Congress website.  These podcasts include conversations with physicians, scientists, scholars, composers, performers, psychologists and other professionals into their ground-breaking work. They include ...
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    The Blues

    From site: The blues is one of America's greatest musical treasures. A roots music form that evolved out of African-American work songs, field hollers, spirituals, and country string ballads more than a century ago, the blues is the foundation of ...
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    POV Filmmakers

    POV documentaries with a point of view are a resource for teachers and students. They include free video clips of documentaries and lesson plans. Be sure to check out the Resources section. You will find the latest buzz on interactive ...
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    Graffiti Creator

    Graffiti Creator is a simple tool for creating graphic text images. You type in your text, adjust width, height and rotation. Then add color and special effects ...
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