We hope you enjoy this list of fun & free resources and invite you to watch this page for more updates and additions over the coming weeks.
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(Webpage updated 3.31.2020)
Virtual Drawing Classes, Readings, and More with Dav Pilkey
Each Friday, in partnership with Scholastic, the Library of Congress will launch a short video of Dav Pilkey – Writer/Illustrator of the popular “Captain Underpants” book series – drawing, reading aloud, and following his mantra—Always Be Creative!
Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems
Join Illustrator and Kennedy Center Artist in Residence Mo Willems to draw, doodle and explore new ways of writing each weekday at 1pm ET/10am PT.
Nickelodeon Animation Draw Along with Me Series
Learn how to draw some of your favorite NickToons characters from the experts themselves: Nickelodeon Artists! Includes lessons done on paper and lessons done on tablets.
Watch original storyboards come to life alongside final animation in some of your favorite Nickelodeon scenes! Great for animation students.
McHarper Manor Weekly Art Lessons
Weekly art lessons for kids and families, complete with weekly supply lists and video streams of lessons.
A site dedicated to exploring, coloring, and connecting with libraries and their art collections.
Faces of Frida
An exhibition of more than 800 paintings, photographs and objects belonging to the artist Frida Kahlo, where users can examine in the finest detail thanks to an ultra-precise magnifying glass system. Faces of Frida was created thanks to an exceptional collaboration between Google and 33 international museums.
12 Art Lessons on YouTube Your Kiddos will Love!
A curated list of fun and quality art lessons for kids available on YouTube.
Teaching Theatre Online: A Shift in Pedagogy Amidst Coronavirus Outbreak
Helpful Google Doc with references, resources, ideas, and more for teaching all aspects of theatre (performance, design/tech, business of theatre, theatre education, and more!).
Resources for Theatre Educators Teaching Online-The Latest
American Alliance for Theatre & Education’s Incite/Insight has created a collection of resources for theatre educators to utilize during this unprecedented time.
Horizon at Home
Theatre Horizon’s new virtual theatre and education initiative that will provide fun virtual lessons that kids can participate in from their home. Lessons streamed via Facebook and YouTube.
Playwrighting Class with Lauren Gunderson
Free weekly playwrighting class via Facebook Livestream with Lauren Gunderson, America’s #1 produced playwright in the 2019-20 theatre season. Sessions are recorded and available in the “Videos” section of her Facebook Page.
L.A. Theatre Works’ Setting the Stage for Learning
Free educational resources for Middle & High School classes that bring free audio recordings of important stage plays to harness the power of professional theatre to deepen students’ understanding of complex literature and subject content. Includes an introductory educator guide for teachers on how to use the recordings in a remote setting and in the classroom.
Black Box Education
A collection of resources for teaching drama in an online learning format.
STAGES Performing Arts Academy
STAGES is offering free classes via its Facebook page. Follow along for sessions in Acting, Musical Theatre, Dance, and more!
New Victory Arts Break
New Victory Theater is inspiring families to learn performing arts skills from the comfort of their own home. Each week explores a particular art form and invites kids and parents to incorporate the arts into their homeschool learning through a series of videos and instructions led by New Victory Teaching Artists.
Folger Theatre’s “Macbeth”
Folger Shakespeare’s 2008 production of “Macbeth”, realized by Emmy-winning magician Teller (of Penn & Teller) and Helen Hayes Award-winning director Aaron Posner as a startling, supernatural show brimming with magic, mayhem, and madness. Includes full performance viewable for free and special behind-the-scenes features and learning resources.
National Theatre at Home
A new initiative from The National Theatre in London, providing audiences around the world with NT Live productions for free via YouTube. Students and teachers will also have access to the National Theatre Collection at home, delivered in partnership with Bloomsbury Publishing. (Beginning April 2, 2020)
Center for Puppetry Arts
Free workshops, museum tours, study guides, and puppet shows via the Center for Puppetry Arts Digital Learning platform.
Chrome Music Lab
Chrome Music Lab is a website that makes learning music more accessible through fun, hands-on experiments that can help explore music and its connections to science, math, art, and more.
Settlement Music School
Information on virtual music programming for babies, children, and adults, including free digital classes for communities everywhere.
The Metropolitan Opera’s Nightly Opera Streams
Each day while The Met Opera is dark, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming.
Music Teachers National Association’s Websites for Kids
An overview of selected musical, youth-oriented websites that augment lesson materials that have been researched by the MTNA team.
A social media movement championed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma (@yoyoma) encouraging musicians across the world to post homemade videos of performances meant to provide us all with a sense of solace.
Dancing Alone Together
A central resource project for the digital dance world, including live-streamed dance classes, dance-making prompts & communities, and dance performance footage & films.
DIY Dancer #DanceAtHome Artist Resources
A continuously updated Google Doc with Dance and Movement classes and resources offered virtually via online platforms like Instagram, Zoom, etc…
Daily Online Ballet Classes with Tiler Peck
New York City Ballet Principal Dancer, Tiler Peck, hosts a series of daily ballet classes on her Instagram account (@TilerPeck), weekdays at 1pm ET/10am PT.
Get in Shape Grrrl – Broadway COVID Series
A series of at-home dance and exercise glasses taught by main-stem movers from Broadway. Each dance-exercise session is themed by a specific show and combines a mix of 10 minute short workouts and 45 minute full sessions.
Imagineering in a Box by Khan Academy
Go behind the scenes with Disney Imagineers to pull back the curtain on how artists, designers, and engineers work together to create theme parks and complete project-based exercises to design a theme park of your own.
Boolean Girl’s Full STEM Ahead
Free instructor-led online series combining arts and STEM to teach kids to code, build, invent, and animate.
Interactive story, game and animation design from the MIT Media Lab, designed for ages 8 to 16 but available for anyone.
28 Days of STEM & STEAM Activities for Kids
60+ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math projects to get kids excited about learning!
North America Scholastic Esports Federation’s Community Club
NASEF is launching free daily “Community Club” sessions, tapping into the collective expertise of its education, gaming, and social partners to present quality ongoing programming. The interactive online gatherings will provide fun activities, socialization with friends, development of game skills, and insights into the careers and lives of professionals working in the esports industry.
hitRECord is an open online community platform that encourages creative collaboration, where anybody and everybody can collaborate on all sorts of projects together using a variety of media.
Free Resources for Schools During COVID-19 Outbreak
A comprehensive list of education technology companies offering free and/or expanded services to help educators reach students in virtual ways (updated regularly).
America’s Test Kitchen Young Chefs’ Club
For a limited time, America’s Test Kitchen is offering their children’s culinary learning resources for free!
SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website that streams videos featuring actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Each book includes supplemental curriculum developed by credentialed elementary educators.
“David Reads” with David Shannon
Join Caldecott winning children’s author & illustrator David Shannon for storytime on Instagram!
Growing Book by Book’s Literary Resources
“Amazing People Coming Together to Provide Online Literary Resources”: An article with a collection of several free online read-alouds, story times, sing-alongs, and illustrating tutorials to do from home.
Los Angeles Public Library
Check out books for digital download for free! Register for an online library card with your phone number.
Virtual Field Trips
Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture has, for many years now, been compiling virtual tours of museums around the world. With Google Arts & Culture, you can tour over 500 art institutions worldwide, such as the Guggenheim, London’s National Gallery, the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, and many others.
Other Helpful Resources
Burbank Unified School District
Up-to-date information on what’s happening in BUSD!
BUSD COVID-19 Student and Family Digital Resource Center
A comprehensive list of resources for BUSD students and their families as they navigate the changes in learning brought on by COVID-19. Includes digital learning resources, mental health support, technology tips, nutritional information, and communications from BUSD Superintendent Dr. Matt Hill.
BUSD Arts for All
Official website of BUSD Arts for All, whose mission is that every student in the Burbank Unified School District will have access to high-quality, standards-based sequential arts education programming PK-12.
CCSESA Statewide Arts Initiative’s COVID-19 Resources for the Arts Classroom
A distance learning web page with a collection of online resources compiled by the California County Superintendents Arts Initiative.
PBS SoCal’s At-Home Learning
Free educational resources that offers broadcast programming and accompanying digital resources that adhere to California’s state curriculum, created by PBS SoCal / KCET, in partnership with LAUSD and in collaboration with California PBS stations.
Kennedy Center Interactive
Content and media for students of all ages, featuring a variety of artforms including: dance, theatre, music, digital media, history, and more!
Kennedy Center @ Home
Free videos of extraordinary live and on-demand performances and educational activities to do at home, with new releases daily.
L.A. County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Arts Resources During COVID-19
A comprehensive list of arts and educational resources for arts educators, artists, students, and parents, including tools and resources for Writing, Music, Drama, Coding, Languages, and much, much more.
Acadiana Center for the Arts’ PACE Program
Arts-integrated learning activities led by AcA’s teaching artists for kids in grades K-2 to enjoy from the comfort of home.
“All of the virtual concerts, plays, museums, and other culture you can enjoy from home”
CNN Style’s collection of fascinating, immersive concerts, museum tours, and other virtual experiences you can explore from the comfort of your own home, including tips on how to enjoy them.
Arts Council of Long Beach’s Resources for Students at Home During COVID-19 Quarantine
Arts Council of Long Beach’s collection of resources to support students and families.
Fresno County VAPA Resources
Every Wednesday during the statewide “Shelter in Place” directive, the FCSS VAPA Team will release arts resources for students and families to try out at home.
“Free educational resources for Central Valley kids stuck at home during COVID-19”
A collection of free resources for students and families.
Resources for Parents
A list of resources for parents, including virtual arts opportunities and resources for managing education at home.
An easy-to-follow preparation guide with best practices for online teaching in the arts, including quick tips and teaching ideas, steps to start distance learning, suggestions for tools to use, and curated lists of the best content on the web.
Virtual School Activities
A collection of sites, live webcam feeds, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous fun educational sites!