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. If you need to find the work of a famous (or not so famous) artist for art appreciation, this is the site for you. It provides for free a large sampling of photographs of actual works (over 200 artists and 2000 paintings) and allows you to zoom in for a closer look and print off a decent photo of it. It also divides the artists alphabetically by name or according to their historical period, so you can look at the art for a particular artist or particular art period. Commentaries are given on many artists and periods. Be aware this is a secular site and that not all pictures will be appropriate for all ages or tastes nor commentaries from a Biblical stand point.  However, it is still a wonderful resource to bring to life an artist you have been studying.
 
 
 
 
Lesson Plans. Blick Art Materials has rather extensive free lesson plans for all ages (k through 12!). The lessons offer a variety of skills and complexity, all offer materials list, step by step instructions and extension opportunities. These projects go beyond the "ordinary" for those looking to supplement an art program with hands on activities to example or explore what they are learning.
 
 
 
8 Notes is a nifty site that provides quite a bit of  free  sheet music for numerous instruments (piano, string, band, ensemble), music theory lessons, and
to print from your home computer at a click of a mouse button for those original compositions (no more running out!). Various teaching aids are provided as well. Nothing to register for, nothing to pay for on many titles if you choose the GIF print option (it's a nominal $20 annual subscription fee if you desire to print the higher quality Adobe format or if you choose a subscription title).    Once you select a piece, you can also click "play" to hear the piece played in midi format.  Music is arranged by genre, artist, and ease of playing.  Secular site but provides many classical and wholesome tunes and a full Christmas section with many religious titles. 
 
 
 
 
is an online discount art and educational supply store that not only sells art products but also provides a free  newsletter with art lessons and projects for homeschooling families (approximately 12 per year).  Art lessons include art history with a bio of a famous artist and samples of the artist's works.  Art projects vary. They also provide an annual fall art contest for homeschooled children with categories spanning preschool to 18 year of age. Go to their website to see the current art newsletter and sign up for email reminder when their next newsletter is posted. 
 
 
 
 
provides free video-streamed drum lessons with matching printable lesson sheets taught by an experienced drummer.  The top bar allows you to select which category, level, teacher and order of lessons you would like (from beginning to advanced).  The "Learning Guide" from the top bar takes you into a "Learning to Read" series that teaches basic music theory as applied to drumming.  We've only used those portions of this site, so we can't vouche for anything else (so surf with care especially the "discussion" sections).  Really helpful for mastering certain drum techniques when a clear visual explanation is needed (it's like hiring your own drum tutor).  The lessons are complete enough that a student could learn a lot about drumming by just using this site.

Will Hayden Wood Carving blog offers beginner woodcarvers some instructional articles and helpful links.