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Art Education & ArtEdventures Grades 1 to 8

There are lots of resources at this site from the Sanford art supply people. There’s a nice mixture of lesson ideas – many, many perspective lessons – as well as information for teachers and “just fun” ideas for students and parents.

This site would be particularly helpful for regular classroom teachers who don’t have an art instruction background.

@rtRoom Grades 2 to 8

This is a nicely constructed collection of art and art appreciation activities. Well illustrated ideas and concepts could be used in a variety of settings and grade levels. If you’re looking for art projects, there are dozens of ideas here.

3d-I Grades 6 to 12

It’s an odd name for a neat little site designed to introduce students to concepts and principles of design. The site’s slickest feature is a set of on-line “you design it” modules that let users try their hand at designing clothing, a watch, or other objects.

Teachers will want to preview this one so they can point students to the most useful areas.

A Paper Folding Project Grades 6 to 12 Paul Haeberli of Silicon Graphics, Inc.

Follow an illustrated step-by-step procedure to make folded paper sculpture. Use the demo on screen or as a lesson plan. This site also includes links to other studio art ideas and “quickies.”

A Victorian Christmas Grades 4 to 8 TeachersFirst

This unit introduces Victorian Christmas customs and offers several activities which students can complete to show their understanding of Christmas celebrations a century ago.

Alexander Calder – An Exhibition from the National Gallery of Art Grades 4 to 12 National Gallery of Art

Take an interactive tour through the National Gallery’s Calder exhibit. You can click on a sculpture or painting to see details about that work. Use your mouse to pan around the rooms and move from point to point. Requires the Live Picture viewer plug-in, which is available from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

American Art Themes Grades 6 to 12 National Gallery of Art

This section from the National Gallery’s education site offers narrative and samples of American art from many themes – portraiture, landscape, abstract, nautical, etc. We wish the thumbnail sized illustrations could be enlarged, and there are no apparent links to larger images. Useful as a planning or study tool for studio or art history.

American Museum of Photography Grades 6 to 12

This is an on-line museum that contains a rotating selections of photographic exhibitions, including contemporary photographers and early photos as well. There is a wide variety of content in numerous artistic styles. This would be a great place for students in photography or design classes to explore how others use light, shape, and composition in creating images.

AMU Cartoon Reprints Grades 6 to 12

This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It’s a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor, but please read the copyright information carefully. Government and social studies teachers will find the editorial collections particularly interesting.

An Uncommon Mission Grades 4 to 12 PacBell

Art and History teachers will appreciate this site devoted to unique artistic interpretations of California’s many missions. Those in California may wish to add this one to the list of resources for California history. The site would also work well as a sample of one artist’s conception of reality, since there are many other mission sites to use as comparisons.

Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans Grades 4 to 12 Detroit Institute of Art

From the Detroit Institute of Art comes this nicely illustrated collection of teacher-created lesson plans about ancient Egypt. Suitable for a wide range of grades, these lessons encompass both art and ancient history. The materials lists vary considerably, so assess your resources before assigning these.

AncientMexico.com Grades 6 to 12

This is a remarkably well-done site dealing with “the art, culture, and history of ancient Mesoamerica.” The bulk of the content deals with the cities, gods, and conquest of ancient Mexico, but there are additional sections on Peru and Chile. These latter two are much more works in progress.

Teachers whose curriculum includes the Inca and Aztec civilizations will find this site a great presentation resource. You’ll need a speedy connection for the Flash components.

Animation History – Learn to be Wild Grades 4 to 12 British Film Institute

The British Film Institute offers this site which details the evolution of animation from its crude beginnings in the late 19th century to today’s sophisticated computer simulations. The site treats animation as an art form, and provides a number of examples of how animation trends mirror those elsewhere in the art world. This site puts an interesting spin on a topic with which most students are already familiar.

Architecture Through the Ages Grades 5 to 8 Thinkquest

See images of different architecture styles with a glossary to understand terminology of buildings from Ancient Egypt to modern times. Use this student-made site for preliminary research before starting your own model buildings or as a supplement to the study of these civilizations. Thinkquest Junior winner: third place winner, social studies, 1998.

Art and Architecture Thesaurus Grades 6 to 12 Getty Museum

The Getty museum has compiled a very complete, easily used thesaurus of art and architecture terms. Art teachers and students will find this one a valuable research and study tool for understanding art terminology and vocabulary.

Art and Culture Grades 6 to 12

Here’s a nice resource for retrieving short bios and explanations of people and events in the history of art, music, and other cultural disciplines. While the write-ups aren’t remarkable, the use of time lines and other graphical devices helps users understand the relationship of the selection to other events and issues. You’ll need the Macromedia Flash/Shockwave player, available from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

Art Collector Grades 6 to 12 Minneapolis Institute of Art

This slick on-line tool lets users build individual “hot lists” of art images and annotate them for later use. Art teachers will find this one a great way to pre-select a group of examples for in-class use at a later time and place.

Art Exhibit Webquest Grades 7 to 12 Privately Published

Here’s a webquest that asks older students to create their own exhibition according to several criteria. Students must devise a theme and find appropriate images from the many sources suggested. This would be a good summary project for a unit on visual art forms.

Art Images for Instruction Grades 1 to 12

This is an elegantly-presented collection of royalty-free art images which are copyright-free when used for instructional purposes. The site is broadly divided into time periods, and there are thumbnails for each image. Clicking on a thumbnail will bring up the image in several size options. Wonderful resource for art history or lessons dealing with comparative art styles.

Art Safari Grades 4 to 8

This site from New York’s Museum of Modern Art uses animals as an introduction to art appreciation. Students can view a selection of different art works, make their own observations about what the artist is showing, and learn about the role of art in cultural expression. The site can be used successfully at several different levels.


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