CLICKSCHOOLING REVIEWMark Kistler's Online Video Art Academyhttp://www.mkisdraw3d.com/public/p_ovaa/
Age Range: 4-13+ (Grades PreK-8, approximately)
ClickScholar MaryAnna recommended this website featuring free video art
lessons with Mark Kistler who has taught millions of children worldwide how
to draw in 3-D over the past 30 years through his hit children's public
television series "The Secret City," "The Draw Squad," and "Imagination
Station." He has also written and illustrated many popular children's
drawing books. Kistler's philosophy is explained at his website:
"Mark deeply believes that learning how to draw in 3-D builds a child's
critical thinking skills while nourishing self-esteem. His positive messages
on self-image, goal setting, dream questing, environmental awareness and the
power of reading have inspired millions of children to discover their
awesome individual potential."
Kistler sells art lessons in a variety of media and packages on his website.
He also offers 4 free, sample video lessons that your children are sure to enjoy.
When you get to the website, click on the words "Hey Look!" to gain access
to the free videos. (Note: The free videos change randomly from time to
time. Bookmark the site and return again to see if the rotation has changed
to access the other free videos.)
Kistler maintains another website as well - the Mark Kistler School of Imagination at: http://www.draw3d.com/schoolofimagination/
Here, you can access some free sample drawing lessons and games. The site
is a little confusing to navigate. Click on "Lessons" on the menu bar and
read the text for an explanation of how it works. Or, just start clicking
around and investigating on your own. Eventually, you're sure to see all of
the fun freebies.
Again, these are commercial websites that offer some free sample 3-D art
lessons in both text and video format. You don't have to purchase anything
to enjoy the handful of free lessons available.
Diane Flynn Keith
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