Kid-friendly virtual art classes the whole fam can enjoy
Check out this guide to online arts and crafts classes that are easy to start and stay interested in
By Vanessa Vallon
After the initial shock of the stay-at-home orders subsided, we all had big self-improvement plans for ourselves and our families during the coronavirus pandemic. We envisioned completed novels, robust meditation practices, a conversational knowledge of French. While we may have gotten some of the way there (there’s a bread flour shortage for a reason), some of our higher pursuits have been derailed. Fear not, the stay-inside party isn’t over just yet; there’s still plenty of time for you and your families to pick up some new skills. Check out this guide to virtual kid and family-friendly arts and crafts classes easy to access and stay interested in.
With step-by-step expert instruction, Bluprint offers many family-friendly courses, including sewing, paper airplane building, cake decorating and more. Discounted subscriptions are currently available for as low as $39.99 a year, or a monthly $7.99.
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Known for his creative children’s books and work on TV shows including “Sesame Street,” the famed illustrator has taken to YouTube as a Kennedy Center artist-in-(literal) residence to teach daily lunch-time classes. Participants can download worksheets here to follow along during classes and are encouraged to use the hashtag #MoLunchDoodles to share their work.
The Art Sherpa
YouTube’s most-watched acrylic artist, Cinnamon Cooney aka the Art Sherpa, continues to guide budding artists through step-by-step painting tutorials during the quarantine. Cooney’s easy-to-follow daily live classes include serene naturescapes, animal portraits, and still lifes. You’ll have an impressive gallery in your home in no time.
With a vast and diverse course library, DIY encourages kids to turn off the TV and turn on creativity. Offering a free trial, the online platform has classes that will teach young ‘uns how to whip up their own slime, sew a plushie pillow, build a Rube Goldberg machine, and more vital and hard-to-come-by skills. In all seriousness, it’s a great alternative to Netflix and YouTube, with gamification elements like badge-earning to keep ‘em coming back for more.
The Museum of Modern Art on Coursera
It may currently be closed, but MoMA continues to spearhead modern art and design initiatives. Through Coursera, the renowned institution is offering free online classes, ranging from fashion design to photography to modern and contemporary art primers. Designed for a more mature audience, children will still enjoy the opportunity to get a glimpse at accomplished professionals explaining their craft.
The Harry Potter at Home series has already enchanted new and seasoned fans of the series with its celebrity-led storytimes. But the Wizarding World YouTube account is also home to many arts and crafts tutorials, including guides to crafting DIY bookmarks, howler paper crafts, broomstick charms and other things you’ve probably always wondered about, like how to draw a Bowtruckle.