Art & Literature at Home

With recent emphasis on the STEM subjects, it can be easy to neglect the creative arts.  Why not make some time for Art & Literature at home?  Resources for kids, families and anyone with a desire to learn!

Poetry

The Children's Poetry Archive The Children’s Poetry Archive is dedicated to poetry written for children and presented in a website which is easy and fun to use. It includes recordings of poetry being read (often by the poet) as well as resources for teaching about and writing poetry.
Kenn Nesbitt's Poerty4kids.com Poetry4Kids is a site from children's poet Ken Nesbitt. The aim of the site is to provide children’s poetry and related resources to teachers, parents, and readers of all ages in a fun and enjoyable way. Even has poetry related games!
NPR An article and podcast from NPR titled "Here's How to Get Into Poetry". A great starting guide for older students (and interested adults).

Shakespeare

From the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Learning Zone has materials to support learning many of the Bard's most commonly taught plays, with 14 currently available. Each section has three different levels of information. Choose which level is right for you or simply move between them to find what you need, including timelines, scene-by-scene break downs and videos of RSC actors.
NoSweatShakespeare is a labor of love from London-based father and son Shakespeare enthusiasts John and Warren King. Warren worked as a Shakespeare consultant at the London Education Authority, where his focus was working with teachers to make Shakespeare lively, comprehensible and enjoyable for their students. Their mission is to help people of all ages understand Shakespeare’s language, and to help make Shakespeare easy and accessible.
Playing for Shakespeare is an online game from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Playing for Shakespeare tackles the challenges of introducing two Shakespeare plays at Key Stage 3 by using an appealing interactive approach without compromising on educational content or historical accuracy. Desktop only, not compatible with tablets or mobile devices.

Art & Art History

Looking for some new artful activities to do from home? The Art Gallery of Ontario has you covered!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City has compiled their online resources into a hub called Art at Home. Explore museum exhibits, watch performances and lectures, read 'Primers' on their pieces and the creation of art.
The National Gallery of the United Kingdom has many ways to learn about their collections, from talks and tour to online guides, including an A-Z glossary of art terms.

Creativebug

Introducing CreativeBug!  Experience the joy of creating with thousands of video classes taught by top designers and artists, all for free with your Middlesex County Library card.  Classes include Drawing & Illustration, Painting, Mixed Media and more.  There are also ideas for creating with kids.

Get started by visiting the Creativebug website, or for more detailed instructions download, try our Getting Started with Creativebug Guide.