Creative Halloween Ideas for Crafty Teachers

With Halloween fast approaching you might like to get your kids in the 'Spooky' mood by getting craft with them.

Scribbled has some of the most original Halloween ideas on the web that not only look great but will keep your kids engaged in the classroom.

All of the tasks have great photo tutorials and are very simple to follow.

Take a look at Scribbled's Halloween craft ideas here.



Google Art Project is an online platform through which the public can access high-resolution images of artworks housed in the initiative’s partner museums. The project was launched in 2011, in cooperation with 17 international museums, including the Tate GalleryLondon; the Metropolitan Museum of ArtNew York City; and the UffiziFlorence.

The platform enables students to virtually tour partner museums’ galleries, explore physical and contextual information provided about artworks, and compile their own virtual collection. The "walk-through" feature of the project uses Google's Street View technology.The virtual images of artworks were reproduced at extremely high quality, and each partner museum selected one artwork to be captured as a Gigapixel image (with over 1 billion pixels).

With great resources foreducatorsthere is literally no limit to what can be done with this in the classroom. 

Google art Project will never substitute a trip to the Louvre in Paris but it certainly will make you far more appreciative and understanding of what is in front of you if you are lucky enough to get there in person.

Below is a video that  critiques a famous painting from the 1870's that you could use with students in your history, literacy or art class to great use.

Access Google Art Project here.

Amazing Paper Craft Printables

Canon has gone all out to produce the most impressive collection of paper craft printables I've ever seen. Your students will absolutely love them.

The premise is simple:  First, you select from one of the categories such as art, architecture, transport, fantasy or my personal favourite craftown that allows you to print out templates for items to make an entire paper city.

Next, print out the template and instructions.

Then, Construct.  Some are very simple and others are quite complex but each one is rated for difficulty so you can decide what to to attempt and leave out.

Finally - You could work these into an art lesson, a maths lesson about 2D and 3D shapes, or even use them as props in a digital animation.  You are only limited by your imagination.

Please take a look at Canon's Paper Crafts today as it won't disappoint and best of all it's free.

Simple Valentines Day Pop up Card

The good folks at Scribbled have been working overtime for Valentines Day and have just added no less than 6 great activities for Valentines Day.

They cater to all age ranges and ability but you might like to make a beautiful pop up card in class to celebrate the international day of LOVE.

It is a creative way to fill in a lesson in the classroom and is bound to make someones day.  Access it here.

Tilt-shift Maker will turn all of your photos into miniatures - An amazing effect

Tilt-shift miniature style photos are pictures of real-life scenes that are manipulated to look like model photographs.

Now you can easily transform your existing digital camera photos into tilt-shift style miniatures using Our online photo editing tool is fun and requires no registration or signup. 

It is a really cool effect that will give your photos a distinct look and your students will love it.  Try out Tilt Shift Makerhere.

Learn how to draw famous cartoon characters from video tutorials

Drawing now has excellent video Tutorials on how to draw some famous cartoon characters of the last fifity years.  Great Art Activity or just something different for a change.  Access it here.

The Life of Van Gogh: An interactive Timeline

This ThinkQuest site features the life and work of Van Gogh, focusing on the time he lived in Etten. You can browse through the galleries to see his work and read about his life. You can also take an online art course to learn his unique style.  This is a must visit for anyone studying art or history.  Check it out here.

Online Art history at Smarthistory

Smarthistoryis an excellent way to learn about famous painters and pieces of artwork from around the world throughout the history of time.  It contains detailed video commentaries of various aspects of a piece of work and has plenty of opportunity for the audience to add their own thoughts and ideas too.

Smarthistoryfeatures images of notable works of art. Videos lessons, VoiceThread lessons, and audio lessons about eras and themes in art history. Students can browse all of the resources ofSmarthistoryby artist name, style of work, theme, or time period.

Definitely  great option for high school and tertiary students who want a detailed critique of their favourite piece of work.