45 Websites For Students To Create Original ArtworkOnlineMore and more websites are coming online to give students the ability to unleash theircreativity in new and innovative ways. From abstract art to pointillism, students now can clickand draw their way into original works of art, and today’s freebie gives you a great list of placesto begin.The sites are labeled by grade level to help guide you to those that best suit your students. Inaddition, I’ve added ratings to give teachers and students an idea of how much interactivity isavailable at each site. Some allow students to create from beginning to end, while otherssimply generate the final product with minimal effort. What you will not find here are basicvirtual coloring sheets. I tried to find sites that would give students a chance to generate theirown original works of art. What could be better?I will warn you that some of these sites will drag you in to create for long periods of time. Don’tworry, you’ll just be channeling your inner artist. Have fun!3D Snowflake Creator (Grades 2-12) A basic kaleidoscope tool that generates an animatedsnowflake. Unfortunately, the animation cannot be saved. Architect Studio 3D, From the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust (Grades 9-12) Open theworld of architecture and design to your students as they can create their own home throughthis interactive. Art Kids Rule! (Grades 3-6) This basic online paint tool isn’t flashy, but does give students achance to create original art easily. Art.com art Pad (Grades 3-12) This virtual canvas allows the artist to change brushes and evenframe the painting. Artisancam (Grades 4-12) Amazing site with multiple art interactives covering pop art, printmaking, comic creations, ceramic painting, and digital photo art projects. It’s a great site toexplore. Aviary (Grades 7-12) This site offers free software tools as a Photoshop alternative. Herestudents can explore fun photo filters and cloning tools. Bomomo Interactive Art Creator (Grades 4-12) Talk about cool! This site allows students tocreate abstract digital art easily and with great tools. Completed images can be downloadedfor student portfolios.
Build Your Wild Self (Grades 2-6) This is a fun website where students can create a digitalhuman and add animal characteristics. The creativity factor is limiting, but students studyinganimal biomes could use this as a prewriting tool. Dreezle: Paint, Draw and Stamp Online! (Grades K-5) This is basically a free online alternative toKidPix. Images can be printed. Interactive Art at the Chicago Institute of Art (Grades K-3) This interactive site allows primarystudents to create their own mask online. Jackson Pollock by Miltos Manetas (Grades K-12) Now students can create their own JacksonPollack painting by simply using their mouse. Each click changes the color. To save, studentswill need to do a print screen. As an additional activity, I like the idea of students creating theirabstract masterpiece and then writing a summary paragraph interpreting their work.Kerpoof Studio (Grades K-8) This is a great, educational site, that allows students to createanimated stories. They even have wonderful lesson plans to support the use of this cool arttool. Labuat (Grades 7-12) I’ve never seen a site like this one, and I have to say the coolness factor istruly high on this site. A musical track plays, and students use a computer mouse to animatethe song. This would be a great site for an interactive white board. Make Beliefs Comix! (Grades 4-12) This is a fun and easy comic creation tool that allowsstudents to change character emotions and reactions. Lesson ideas are also available.Make-A-Flake - A Snowflake Maker (Grades K-4) An easy and fun tool that allows students tocreate their own snowflake online, add it to a gallery, or download as a jpeg. Mondrimat (Grades 4-12) This one took me a minute to figure out, but once I was rolling, I wascompletely sucked in for nearly an hour. Here students create block art online and can clickaway to their hearts’ content. This would be a great tool for indoor recess, too. MrPicasso Head (Grades 2-12) Take on the challenge of cubism and create a portrait in the styleof Picasso. Mutapic (Grades 8-12) Not the easiest tool, but definitely interesting. This site takes a bit tofigure out, but with a few clicks, students will be creating graphic art designs. National Gallery of Art Ngakids Art Zone (Grades K-12) Many opportunities to create andinteract with art here. From abstracts to collages, students will definitely find ways to unleashtheir creativity.
Neave Imagination (Grades 6-12) Neave offers cool interactive art tools that not only utilize thecomputer mouse, but your voice, too. With the use of a microphone, students can interactwith the site just by speaking. Online Kaleidoscope animated Generator (Grades 2-12) A great tool if you are teachingsymmetry is found here. Simply draw on the virtual radar and see your animated kaleidoscopecome to life. Paint - Wiiplayable (Grades K-12) This virtual sketch pad can actually be used with the Wiiremote if you have an internet connection with a Wii console or you can use a computermouse. Simply draw and click the play button to see your drawing replayed back to you. Paper Critters (Grades 3-12) Be sure to click on the Toy Creator to get started. Here you cancreate your own paper critter that can be printed and folded into a 3-D origami like papercraft.This could be a good resource for claymation projects, as students could create several papercritters with different emotions for an animated short. Photo Op Interactive (Grades 5-12) This is an interesting site that not only lets students practicedigital photography online, but gives them filters to customize their virtual photos. After aphoto is taken, double click on it to open the filters. Images can be printed. Pointillism Practice Page (Grades 5-12) This interactive tool allows you to experiment withpointillism. It’s not a flashy tool, but it could be a good experimentation of what pointillism isbefore students create their own tangible artwork. Psykopaint (Grades 6-12) Now your students can take on the role of an Impressionist throughthe use of the digital photography painting tool. Simply choose your brush and paint right overthe image to see the colors blend and become more artistic. It’s a little tricky to figure out, butgreat once you get going. Repper - create your own patterns (Grades 4-12) Here is an interesting site for demonstratingsymmetry. Simply use one of the preloaded images or upload one of your own to create asymmetrical pattern. The final pattern can be downloaded as a tile and then used inPowerPoint as a new background template or the CSS code can be used in any webpageauthoring software. S C R I B B L E R (Grades 5-12) This is one of my favorite art tools on the web and takes doodlingto an entirely new level. Simply scribble on the page, choose done drawing, and then startscribbling. You can add to the drawing as the scribbling process continues making this a lot offun for interactive white boards. Sheffield’s Portraits (Grades K-5) This is a basic portrait maker where students choose eyes,nose, hair, etc. What I like about it is the ability to print the final portrait which comes with aplace for students to write about the character they created.
Splashup (Grades 7-12) This is another free PhotoShop alternative that is simplistic in design,but some knowledge of how to use PhotoShop would be beneficial. SUMO Paint Online Image Editor (Grades 7-12) SumoPaint is the most advanced PhotoShopand Corel alternative on the web. This online paint tool gives students and open door tocreativity. Tate Kids Games (Grades 2-12) Two great interactives are available here for student creativity.The Street Art graffiti creator allows students to paint right on the virtual wall while the TatePaint is a virtual easel. Tessellation Tool (Grades 3-7) Students can create their own tessellation artwork. Though thesite isn’t everything it could be, it does allow the freedom to customize the shape beforegenerating the final tessellated image. The Graffiti Creator (Grades 9-12) This is a graffiti text paint tool where students can type in aname or phrase and create unique logos and images. Unfortunately, ads are a small problem,but the tool offers many choices for student creativity. This Is Sand (Grades 4-12) This site is another one that can draw you in for several minutes.Here you can change the color of the falling sand in order to create interesting sand art.Tuxpi (Grades 5-12) Great photo effects and projects can be created here with just a quickphoto upload. Students can create wanted posters, filtered images, and more. It is a nicealternative to Big Huge Labs. TypoGenerator (Grades 5-12) Words become art here, but with less control than Wordle. Itseems to work best with just a short word or phrase, but with a few clicks of a generate button,a cool image can be created. Ultimate Flash Face (Grades 5-12) This is a portrait creation tool that does allow students tocontrol the width and height of each facial feature. I’m not sure I would encourage students tosave the image on the website, but it could be printed easily. Consider using this as a tool as aLanguage Arts tool for character analysis. Students could create a portrait of what they believea character would look like, print it, and then write the analysis. Virtual Lite-Brite (Grades K-12) Bring back those days of yesteryear and create your own virtualLite-Brite mosaic. A print screen will be required to save the image. Viscosity (Grades 5-12) Here is another cool abstract art tool. Time seems to slip away asstudents delve deeper into this tool and create amazing works of art. Completed pieces can bedownloaded easily or consider having it virtually framed with Picnik.
Wordle (Grades 3-12) Word art at its finest is created here. I really prefer the flexibility of thisprogram over other word art tools, but it desperately needs an option to download thecompleted products rather than doing a screen shot. Yourstudio (Grades K-12) This is another virtual canvas, but it does offer some unique features.Here you can paint on wood or stone and use an ice cream cone as your brush. How fun isthat? Zoopz (Grades K-5) There are a couple of art tools available here including one that createsmosaics. They are fairly basic, but would be good for younger students.