Enjoy the Detroit Institute of Arts online for Virtual DIA for kids (and adults) during the DIA’s closure due to Covid-19 / Coronavirus concerns. Nothing beats the experience of going to the Detroit Institute of Arts, but the virtual programming experiences serves as an educational homeschool resource as well as it serves for an online place to enjoy all the magnificent works of art the DIA offers.
VIRTUAL DIA FOR KIDS (AND ADULTS)
The DIA has an excellent educational resources page that provides examples of history, science, geography, and even math concepts through the art exhibits and challenges students to find examples of the subjects in their virtual galleries. Grade/age appropriate, self-guided scavenger hunt sheets are provided to print so children can identify things to look for. Then, kids can explore the website finding art which applies the subjects. Many resources come complete with lesson plans and other multimedia resources. It’s not “being there”, but it’s the next best thing at this time.
Search the art at the DIA website to explore. The DIA website has an impressive, almost daunting, website for you to explore their collections. A simple search like “oil painting” or “landscape” opens up thousands of works of art to check out. Invite your kids to look for examples from the scavenger hunt sheets, or simply browse and appreciate.
The DIA also invites you to tap into their YouTube channel to explore 10 years and hundreds of hours of online history with their exhibits, events, and curator talks and interviews.
Also, they have many Field Trip at Home Family Art projects to download for FREE. Check out this one about DIY Stabiles.
Again, nothing beats the actual DIA experience – but I really appreciate the effort of entertaining and educating during this time.
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