Smart Art Bites: A Class Act Series
We are thrilled to announce a collaboration between PLDL and the Rozsa Center that offers unique online learning opportunities for K-5 students this year.
Smart Art Bites offers digital bite-sized arts lessons for families and teachers to incorporate the arts into everyday learning. Each episode focuses on a different art form taught by professional artists.
Kids can learn and practice each bite-sized arts skill again and again, away from the screen. Each episode comes with a list of books (find them here at PLDL!) to help young learners dive deeper into each topic.
Let’s Make Some Puppets with Trish – Episode 4
In this Smart Art Bites episode, Trish Helsel makes puppetry fun by showing us how to bring shadow puppets to life! Make your own puppets and put on a show!
Did you know shadow puppetry is considered the oldest form of puppetry in the world? It’s an ancient form of storytelling that has origins in China, India, Nepal, Greece, and Turkey.
Want to learn more about puppetry? Check out these PLDL titles about shadows and puppets:
- Another Way to Climb a Tree by Liz Garton Scanlon
- Hortense and the Shadow by Natalia and Lauren O’Hara
- Shadow Story by Nancy Willard
- Puppets by Meryl Doney
Let’s Make Some Music with Janna – Episode 3
In today’s smART Art Bites episode, Jana will teach the song, Great Big Stars, followed by the sign language for the song. The song is traditionally in the lullaby style, and Jana will demonstrate how adding a beat, some bass and harmonies can completely change the style of a song and make you want to dance.
Jana Nyberg is a band director/music educator (K-12 license) and jazz/neo soul/pop singer who also plays flute and piano. After teaching in the schools for 11 years, Jana is now focusing on her performance career, as well as educational clinician work and teaching privately.
Want to learn more about sign language? Check out these titles from the PLDL shelves:
- Baby Signs by Joy Allen
- Sign About Play Time by Anthony Lewis
- The Galladut Children’s Dictionary of American Sign Language by Jean Gordon
- Handsigns by Kathleen Fain
Let’s Draw Cartoons with Terri – Episode 2
In this episode of smART Art Bites, Terri Frew shows us how to draw a cartoon dog – woof woof! Terri’s fun approach with cartooning will engage learners of all ages.
Note to educators: Terri Frew holds a Master’s of Fine Arts degree and is an artist and educator. She is a Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Michigan Technological University.
Want to learn more about drawing for children? Check out these titles from PLDL:
- How to Draw Cats by Janet Rancan
- Draw 50 Animals by Lee J. Ames
- The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley
- The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
Let’s go BOOM with LA – Episode 1
In this smART Art Bites episode, LA teaches a beat using a low sound and high sound that you can play on objects in your home. Watch as LA jams out for a drum set performance and see how the beat he taught evolves into something totally different – and totally awesome!
Want to learn more about drumming and music for children? Check out these titles from PLDL:
- Rum Pum Pum by David Harrison and Jane Yolen
- Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
- Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
Note to educators: Arthur LA Buckner is a Minneapolis-based performer and educator with a Master’s Degree in Drum Performance. Whether teaching or performing, his infectious personality and passion for music immediately draw you in. He co-hosts the PBS series Sound Field. Find more about the Rozsa Center’s Class Acts Program here.