My kids LOVE all things art. Me? I have absolutely zero talent or desire…what.so.ever. Well, that’s not entirely true. I can draw a tree. Seriously, that’s it, just a tree. I haven’t yet figured out why God gave me the talent to draw only one thing. Perhaps I missed my calling as a tree artist, I dunno.
At any rate…
I don’t need talent or desire to teach my kids art. I have the internet!
There’s a ton of superb instruction out there for kids who are into drawing, painting, sculpting, and other artsy things!
Here are some of our favorites.
Art for Kids Hub
Hands down, this one is my kids favorite. They have plenty of projects to choose from (over 1000 videos and counting!) and the lessons are so much fun. Their YouTube channel features mostly drawing videos though you will find a smattering of how to paint, sculpt and make origami figures. If you really enjoy their instruction and want more you can subscribe to their website for $2.99 per month, or $34.99 per year. You get extra perks as a member which you can read about here.
Mr. P Studios
We don’t use this one as often, but it’s great content. These lessons remind me more of the art classes I had in elementary school. They are basic, but well made and cover a lot of material. Find all of his videos here.
Kids Art Hub
You’ll find lots of drawing lessons on the website and the YouTube channel, all of which are free. We don’t use this one often because the videos are animated step-by-step instructions and they move pretty fast. We have to start and stop the video repeatedly in order to keep up. If you’re ok with that, these are great tutorials.
How to Draw and Paint
This is one that we found only recently and have been exploring. So far, we’ve found quite a few tutorials that have been very helpful and fun. There isn’t any talking, but the drawing is “live” so it’s easier to keep up with. My kids don’t particularly like that the artist doesn’t explain the steps while drawing, but they have enjoyed some of these and we’ll continue to use it from time to time. You can find videos on the YouTube channel, but if pictured step-by-step instructions are more your thing you can find lots of those on their companion website.
Run by an art teacher with over 10 years experience, Createful Art offers video lessons on a variety of topics and subjects. She hosts both a website and a YouTube channel for more advanced lessons as well as a YouTube Channel for kids. I actually prefer the website simply because the lessons are organized by age group there which works best for us. She also has several art history video lessons available at the bottom of this page. She’s a great teacher. The kids really like her.
Cartooning for Kids
This YouTube channel offers a new video every day of the week, so there’s never a lack of something new to create. As the name implies, they focus on cartoon characters and drawing so if you have a child interested in that specific type of drawing, this is a goldmine!
Deep Space Sparkle
If you’re looking for an authentic classroom style art program, this is your spot. This site is amazing. You can search projects by grade, by subject, or by technique. She even has a number of articles and tips to help you teach art to your kids. If you’re looking for a more organized approach to art, complete with videos, you can find grade level courses for $65 per grade level, or $345 for every grade.
How to Draw
Not a lot of fluff on this site to distract you from the tutorials, and that’s probably a good thing, because there are LOTS of tutorials. It is a directory of a bazillion art lessons gathered from all over the internet and organized into nice little categories for you. It’s a pretty amazing resource. I recommend that you preview any lessons that you want to cover and make sure that you have an ad blocker turned on. Not everything here is kid friendly.
The Virtual Instructor
If middle and high school level lessons are what you’re looking for then this is the place to be. Obviously we haven’t used this one yet, but it’s on my back burner for later. There are many free lessons and tutorials available on drawing, painting and even digital medium (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). If you prefer watching via YouTube, he has a channel there as well. The member area is amazing and is likely what we will end up using when we get to this level. I love the critique section of his website where he allows students to send a voicemail question or a picture of their art to be reviewed and critiqued.
If you’re looking for an organized list of just about every free art video on the planet, this is it. Just make sure that you preview the material because not everyone is kid friendly!
The Artful Parent
This is a fabulous site with loads of lessons in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor, stained glass, collage, and more! There is enough material here to keep you busy for quite a while. And if you’re not sure where to even start teaching art she offers a great getting started article.
This is definitely advanced level stuff, but if you have older kids, or kids who are excelling at an early age, this is a great free resource. You’ll find lessons on pencil portraits, charcoal portraits, color pencil portraits, acrylic portraits, still life, pop art, drawing animals, perspective drawing, pen and ink drawing, and much more. The lessons are all written with step-by-step instructions, explanations and photos. However, the reader is expected to already know certain techniques and methods. You can find their directory of lessons here.
Offering over 2,000 art videos, Jerry’s Artarama is sure to have something to suit your art instruction needs. You can search for lessons by medium used, skill level, or subject. We haven’t used this resource much but it’s a great site.
So there you have it, enough free art education to last for years!
Don't forget to download your free clickable PDF of all these great sites (which you can also print if you're a pen and paper gal like me).
What subjects would you like to see free resources for? Let me know in the comments and I’ll start scouring the internet!