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1925 – Year in Review Grades 8 to 12

This section of a larger art site features works by international artists who were active in the 1920s. It includes images, descriptions, and links to other background material and information. Useful for students learning about 20th century art or the social and cultural history of the period. Individually published.

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.”

About Vermeer Art Grades 9 to 12

This site offers a very complete listing of this Dutch painter’s work, complete with unusually good quality illustrations. The text explains the painter’s technique, iconography, and life in significant detail.

Art and art history teachers interested in northern Europe will really like this one.

African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning Grades 10 to 12

This site is maintained by the University of Virginia and is appropriate for high school and AP students. It shows unique exhibits with explanations of the pieces shown. The explanations are clear and would be helpful to even the ‘not so introspective’ student.

A teacher could quickly and easily retrieve African American art examples from this site which could be incorporated in Social Science, Art or History classes. Especially useful in multicultural studies.

African Odyssey Grades 9 to 13 Kennedy Center

Appropriate for students High School and above as well as a resource for educators. This site is divided into three sections. The first lists African and African American arts and cultural events at the Kennedy Center, in Washington DC and around the world. Another sections contains information and resources for learning and teaching about African arts and culture. The Interactive Opportunities section contains links to online discussions, events and educational projects. A very valuable site to those studying African Art and Culture! This site is maintained by the Kennedy Center and sponsored by American Express

The K-12 Teacher’s Resource has many links to organizations dealing with these topics.

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.

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 Associations Grades 9 to 13

This site lists links to 14 professional Art Associations. There are also related links from Amateur Photography to Web Design. A search engine is also included in the site. This site is useful for Art Educators in particular. This site is maintained by About.com and updated regularly.

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 History Network Grades 9 to 13

The Art History Network is a resource for Art History, Archaeology, and Architecture resources on the web. The Art and Historical Era section leads to links of various art history eras from Ancient Art to Modern. Each link leads to more links on that particular era including references, magazine/journals, discussions groups, organizations, and jobs. The Artists section and the Civilization sections work similarly. This site is maintained by the Art History Network.

This site is of great value to the Art Historian, Social Studies teacher and Art Educator.


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