Pintura, Art Detective - The Case of Grandpa's Painting: http://www.eduweb.com/pintura/
Pintura: Art Detective is an online game about art history and art composition.
In the game, you play a 1940's noir detective with a degree in art history. A
distraught woman asks you to identify the artist who made a painting she found
in her grandfather's attic. To do so, you must examine paintings by famous artists
from Gauguin to Van Gogh. Each example highlights an art concept such as composition,
style or subject. The story concludes with an appropriate noirish twist, as the
woman's true identity and motives become apparent."
of the Magi: http://www.nga.gov/collection/adoration.htm
This site offers a streaming slideshow that explores this complex & colorful
painting from Renaissance Florence (c.1445). The painting depicts the story of
the 3 kings bringing gifts to the Christ Child 12 days after his birth. The slideshow
allows the viewer to examine details of the work while listening to a narrative.
Aelbert Cuyp: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/cuypinfo.htm
This site examines the development & subjects of one of the foremost Dutch
painters & draftsmen of the 17th century. Learn about the life, works, patrons,
& influences of this prolific artist, whose career (1640-1665) occurred during
the golden age of Dutch painting.
The Alphabet of Art: http://www.guidancecom.com/alphabet/
What are the elements of visual design? Learn here, with
a primer art course on elements of design and
composition. Attributes of
artistic works are also discussed.
Alphabetical Crafts Index: http://www.makingfriends.com/concraft.htm
Scroll down one of the site's many pages for a listing of grade-level
organized crafts that let your students get creative. The activities don't
just include your usual arts-and-crafts materials but also include some
computerized craft ideas as well
Art Access: http://www.artic.edu/aic/artaccess/
The Art Institute of Chicago has made lesson plans, family
activities and multicultural art resources are available at this site. Areas of
study include Ancient Indian Art of the Americas, African American Art, Impressionism
and Post-Impressionism, and Modern and Contemporary Art. There is a glossary, lesson plans, family activities, books and media, and maps for the various areas of their permanent collection.
The Art Book (Art Assessment): http://kinderart.com/artbook/
Students will create separate projects to compose
an eight page art book. Activities include lessons on colors (neutral
and warm colors), texture (texture bugs), pattern (caterpillars), paint
mixing, and more. Altogether these lessons make up a terrific elementary
primer on art.
Art Education Links: http://www006.upp.so-net.ne.jp/artcommunal/lessonplans.htm
"The JAEA (Japan Art Education Association) is a meta-site for teachers,
librarians, parents and students to preview selected links." Includes student art works, curriculum ideas, art and craft lessons, computer graphics, integrated curriculum units for K-12, etc.
of the Quilt: http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1995/4/95.04.04.x.html
This site can teach students about the rich heritage quilt making, emphasizing African-American quilt
making. Although this project can be used narrowly as art curriculum, its subject
depth extends to history, English, social studies, and even math. This versatility
is displayed in an array of activities, ranging from having students complete
their own quilt narratives to teaching simple geometry with a demonstration of
how rectangular quilts are made up of combinations of shapely parts.
The Arts: http://www.pacificnet.net/~mandel/TheArts.html
The beauty of this site is that it is continually updated, allowing teachers
to find lessons concurrent with monthly holidays or events and activities
that are culturally and thematically diverse. The lessons, although not in any
particular order, are easy to sort through since their individual titles denote
appropriate grade levels.
"Search over 100,000 resources in the Art Finder, including works of art, texts, audio, video, and interactive resources. Save and customize items in the redesigned Art Collector. Comment, tag and rate everything!"
Artsonia is a free Website that encourages
young artists by displaying their work online. The art is sorted
by project, school and country at the site: www.artsonia.com,
which also features a "School of the Week" section. Teachers
who register for the site also will receive a press release for their
local news papers to highlight participation in the Internet project.
Students whose work is on display receive ID cards featuring their own
Toy Laboratory: http://www.build-it-yourself.com/
This site isn't your typical art resource since it offers kids the opportunity
to do more with their building toys like Legos and K'nex. Take the toys, throw
in everyday household items, and instantly your students can build whatever their
imaginations allow. Its blueprints encourage creative thinking, and its activities
could make for great lessons on art, science, or simply playtime.
Stories with George Catlin: An Encounter of Two Cultures: http://catlinclassroom.si.edu
Takes students on a virtual journey with the famed artist & ethnologist
to meet Native Americans of the 1830s. Catlin visited more than 140 tribes during
1830s. His 325 portraits, 200 scenes of American Indian life, & writings depict
Indian cultures prior to U.S. expansion into tribal territories. The core of this
website is four "campfire stories," or themes: ancestral lands, tribal
leaders, Great Plains geography & ecology, & Catlin himself. Each theme
comes alive through multimedia interviews, artwork, a timeline, & maps. The
site, created with a panel of teachers, is designed to enrich the study of U.S.
history, geography, & environmental conservation, as well as leadership &
development. It includes 14 lesson plans linked to academic standards.
Carolyn Holm: http://www.everydayart.com/
Collage & Assemblage Artist, Writer, Art Teacher, includes curriculum plans for teachers and home schoolers
A Century of Drawing: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/drawinginfo.htm
This site presents 50 of the 140 drawings on view in this exhibit at the National
Gallery of Art. The exhibit charts the development of modern art & shows some
of the most aesthetically compelling & intellectually intriguing works from
the 20th century. The website includes works by Picasso, Klee, Matisse, Calder,
Rothko, de Kooning, Dubuffet, Guston, Rauschenberg, Twombly, & others.
and Pottery: http://www.teachpottery.net/
site for teachers, this includes a syllabus, and for each unit, assignments, handouts,
online quizzes and activities, and a webliography. Also includes a gallery of
Children's Creative Theater: http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/5291/
Offering an extensive view of the history of theater, this site introduces the
main features of primitive and Greek theater, as well as Renaissance, Baroque,
and even Asian theatrical traditions. Hyperlinked terms throughout the text will
lead students off in search of fun and relevant supplementary information. Students
can participate in theater games, including pantomiming, acting out expressions,
and performing skits. One of the best features of this site is the emphasis
on interdisciplinary learning: students can use drama to work on reading (reciting
aloud) or science skills (imitating animal behavior).
Ceramics and Pottery: http://www.teachpottery.net/
A site for teachers, this includes a syllabus, and for each unit, assignments,
handouts, online quizzes and activities, and a webliography. Also includes
a gallery of student work.
are Hollywood Films Made?: http://www.learner.org/exhibits/cinema/index.html
Do your students ever wonder how movies are made? This online exhibit
does an extremely capable job explaining the entire creative process behind filmmaking.
Film fans and students of this popular form of art can finally learn about how
ideas go from the drawing board to the big screen.
site has a large selection of pictures to print or color online. Free registration allows you to save completed pictures and post to Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter. The code is available to embed the colored picture into a Web site.
Holiday crafts for classrooms, scouts, and other groups. This site
has terrific suggestions for projects such as bread-dough brooches and
magnetic memo pads.
While this site
specifically for educators, but you will
find some great craft projects you
can use with your class here.
section: http://www.crayola.com/educators/index.cfm offers a
variety of resources for educators, including lesson plans, creative
classroom ideas, and activities and projects designed to link art to other curricula.
Create a Butterfly Mobile: http://www.kid-at-art.com/htdoc/lesson23.html
This project is a bit more advanced than the previous butterfly
mobiles, but still suitable for upper elementary classes. Includes background
information on Calder and his ideas.
Call: A Dramatic Approach to Detective Fiction: http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1989/4/89.04.07.x.html
The play's the thing (of this site, anyway), and this lesson teaches students
about topics as diverse as genre, suspense, lighting properties, and makeup techniques.
Students have the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of drama, including
creating a plot, building a set, and
blocking the entire show. The fact that the lesson is based around detective fiction
makes it both educational and exciting for middle schoolers. The site also includes
a top-notch bibliography.
Deception & Illusions: Five Centuries
of Trompe l'Oeil Painting: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/trompe-info.htm illustrates the playful & intellectual nature of "trompe
l'oeil" -- the artistic depiction of objects so precisely that those
objects appear real. Twelve images are presented from the 115-piece exhibit,
which represents the most comprehensive treatment to date of this phenomenon.
Crafts for Kids: http://www.dltk-kids.com/
"DLTK's Crafts for Kids features a variety of fun, printable children's crafts, coloring pages and more including projects for holidays, educational themes and some of our children's favorite cartoon characters."
"EdGate is home to services for both content providers and educators. EdGate Correlation Services (publishers / content providers) focuses on alignment of content to standards, content to content mapping, and furnishing reports in multiple formats and web interfaces to content providers. EdGate Educator Services assists teachers and administrators by providing tools that save time and make learning more effective."
Education Media Design & Technology - Multimedia Art on the Theme of Patriotism: http://humanityquest.com/topic/art_activities/index.asp?theme1=patriotism More than twenty-five activities link the arts
to feelings and concepts associated with patriotism--very creative offerings.
Do each as a mini-lesson, or work in groups to create a showcase or patriotism
Energy in the Air: Sounds from the Orchestra: http://tqjunior.thinkquest.org/5116/
Here, students can read about a bassoon, listen (with the help of RealPlayer)
to the sound of a bassoon, or evaluate the pitch and volume of a bassoon's sound,
after learning what those terms mean. In fact, potential musicians can learn about
any instrument in an orchestra. The site contains some small, but valuable,
additions including music files of classical Western music as well as a "Did
you know?" trivia box on the side of each Web page. After learning about
music, kids are encouraged to make their own music, by using a rubber band on
their fingers or playing an instrument.
Everyday Art: http://www.everydayart.com/
"A site to help make art and creativity an everyday thing in children's
lives." Crafts ideas and lesson plans for teachers.
Official Exhibition Calendar of the World's Leading Art Museums."
by artist, museum, city, keyword, or exhibition title.
Fruit and Vegetable Prints: http://www.kinderart.com/printmaking/fruit.shtml
A bit of fruit, some veggies, a dab of paint and sheets of paper, and
all the imagination you can muster will show students how to create prints
with naturally created stamping tools.
Graphic Witness: visual
arts & social commentary: http://graphicwitness.org/ineye/index2.htm
wealth of art, arranged by broad theme (graphic art in wartime, 19th century news
illustration, 9-11 aftermath, etc.) and by artists, pre-and post- 1950. Represented
artists include Hogarth, Nast, Grosz,
Kollwitz, Tom Tomorrow, Saul Steinberg,
and lots more.
Buildings Collection: http://www.greatbuildings.com/
Teach your students how architecture can define a location and a culture
by visiting Great Buildings Online. This site has photos, pictures, and information on 800 important
structures, from the Air Force Academy Chapel to the Chateau de Versailles.
Your class will especially love the 3-D images offered for some of the
buildings. Search for architects, styles, and locations, too. "This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents a thousand buildings, and hundreds of leading architects, with photographic images and architectural drawings, integrated maps and timelines, 3D building models, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more, for famous designers and structures of all kinds."
Henry Moore: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/mooreinfo.htm
This site tells the story & shows a dozen works of one of the 20th century's
great sculptors. The site includes information about this exhibit at the Gallery,
which is the first major retrospective of Moore's work to appear in the U.S. in
20 years. The site also explains the treatment being used to protect the Moore
sculpture that sits outside the East Wing -- "Knife Edge Mirror Two Piece."
High-Rise Pages: http://www.xs4all.nl/~hnetten/index.html
If you include architecture appreciation as part of your art curriculum, be sure
to take a look at this site devoted to the man-made steel and glass wonders of
the world: high-rises. Your students can access information and photos of skyscrapers
across the globe, including links to city skylines and monuments
to current and fallen edifices.
Hot Chalk LessonPlansPage: Picasso's Face: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ArtSSPicassosFaces35.htm
A study of Picasso, the artist
and his works, that lets students create their
own divided portrait while studying
the innovative and entirely different techniques employed by Picasso.
Hot Chalk LessonPlansPage: What's Your Impression?: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ArtWhatsYourImpression-Impressionism26.htm
A little background on the history of Impressionism, along
with selected viewings of representative artists' works introduces students
to this hugely formative style of art. They will then have a chance to
their own impressionistic painting during an outdoor field trip
The Impressionists: http://www.biography.com/impressionists/
Biography.com, the companion site to A&Es television
show, presents a resource to help kids learn about Impressionist art. Teachers
can take their classes on a virtual tour of five Impressionist paintings
by Degas, Monet, Morisot, Pissarro, and Renoir and learn about the themes,
colors, and brushwork that set each artist apart. Kids click on the painting to
learn more about the artistic elements that make each painting so special. The
site also contains biographies, with photos and pictures of paintings, for the
five featured artists, and additional information about Impressionist masters
such as Bazille, Cassatt, Manet, and Sisley. After reading about the artists,
kids can test their knowledge with a quiz. Users can access links to more than
70 other Impressionist and art-related web sites or make their own masterpiece
using online paint tools. History, art, and design classes all will enjoy using
this colorful, interactive resource.
The Impressionist Era: http://library.thinkquest.org/C0111578/ieindex.html
This award winning ThinkQuest site features information on the Impressionist
artists, and the Impressionist painting technique. Children can learn to paint
in the teaching section. Visit the "Interact" section to take quizzes,
do puzzles and view the interactive palette of the artists.
International Directory of Sculpture Parks: http://www.artnut.com/intl.html
Browse geographically through an annotated set of links to the official
home pages of sculpture gardens.
creates colorful spiraling fractal twisters based on the movement of your mouse.
There are also recursive lines and moire patterns, as well as puzzle.
Not only is this site visually pleasing and easy to navigate, it is also
chock-full of over 100 free lesson plans, activities, and other useful
materials. Celebrate each season, or click on the Cool Pick to teach students
about art technique. Use the Art Lessons section for resources on topics
from art history to printmaking, or browse the Art Library to read the
art glossary, skim articles, or enter a contest.
KinderArt: The Art Book - Portfolio Assessment for Kids: http://kinderart.com/artbook/
Students will create separate projects to compose an eight
page art book with additional pages for the cover and conclusion. Activities include lessons on colors (neutral and warm colors),
texture (texture bugs), pattern (caterpillars), paint mixing, and more. Altogether
these lessons make up a terrific elementary primer on art.
KidsArt.com: Fruit and Vegetable Prints: http://www.kinderart.com/printmaking/fruit.shtml
This lesson uses bits of fruit, veggies, a dab of paint and sheets of paper to show students how to create prints with naturally
created stamping tools.
Kidsart.com: Plant Dye Paints: http://www.kinderart.com/painting/plantdye.shtml
Let your students imagine that they no longer have those tempera watercolor paints
sitting in your classroom; in fact, there are no modern art tools at all. What
will they do for color? This lesson plan will show you how.
Landscape Painting: http://www.talentteacher.com/001cl.html
Follow the steps in this painting to create a beginner's
watercolor landscape with a fan brush. This lesson plan gives alternative materials
for pricey artist supplies, and techniques are basic enough for elementary students
Miraculous Draught of Fishes: http://www.nga.gov/feature/artnation/bassano/index.htm examines Jacopo Bassano's 1545 painting & compares it with other works that
also depict the New
Testament story in which Jesus calls Peter to become a
disciple. Bassano's painting was one in a long line of "copies," or
variations on a theme, a standard practice in the Renaissance. Here we see that
certain elements -- garments & figure groupings -- were copied from another
work but were altered to achieve greater dramatic effect.
Museum of Modern Art's Art Safari: http://artsafari.moma.org/
adventure introduces students to ways of looking at and thinking about art by
guiding them through a set of questions and answers. Along the way, students are
prompted to respond to questions such as, What is going on in this picture? At
the end of the safari, students can submit their evaluations for posting on the
site. They can also explore other areas to create their own art or browse paintings
Museum of Web Art: http://www.mowa.org
This site would be equally appropriate for your art students or your computer/technical
classes. The Museum of Web Art (MOWA) highlights some of the Web's most unique
designs. In four galleries, you'll find exhibits on designs that move, work, change,
and remain constant. Be sure to visit the Kid's Wing, filled with interactive
computer drawing activities.
of Art: http://www.nga.gov/home.htm
The National Gallery of Art, an amazing Washington, D.C., resource, offers this
beautiful, full-service site. The site's most useful feature for educators is
its variety of virtual tours. Topics range from the art of the Italian Renaissance
to that of Jackson Pollack. Students can even concentrate on one artist or one
painting -- Edouard Manet's "Bullfight," for instance -- to learn about
historical details and understand close readings of paintings.
Pablo Picasso's 'The Tragedy': The Metamorphosis of a
Painting: http://www.nga.gov/feature/picasso/index.htm uses x-rays & infrared light to reveal that Picasso sketched &
painted at least four works on this panel before painting over them in
1903 to produce "The Tragedy." He did not, however, merely paint
over the previous images; rather, he incorporated each layer into the
subsequent one, believing that, "What comes out in the end is the
result of the discarded finds."
Paper Toys: http://papertoys.com/
cut, fold and paste your own models in black green or brown. Some of the models
available are: Mississippi Queen Riverboat, Tyrannosaurus Rex, "Old Glory"
Desktop Animated Flag, Frank Lloyd Wright House, Neuschwanstein Castle, Sydney
Opera House, Bruce Lee Paper Doll, White House, World Trade Center Complex, "If
You Ever" Card, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Angkor Wat, Bill Gates' House,
Chrysler PT Cruiser, Taj Mahal, and a whole lot more. You can also email a greeting
to friends using any of these models.
The Art of Light: http://library.thinkquest.org/25473/
This comprehensive site is bound to inspire young shutterbugs from ages 12 to
19. It leads students from the history of photography to the composition of photos.
Helpful for kids of the digital generation, the site includes a post-processing
section that describes the
scanning technique. After they read about photography,
students can use the simulations in the "Interact" section to take their
best shots at setting apertures and photo finishing.
Picasso's Faces: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ArtSSPicassosFaces35.htm
This light-hearted approach to a study of Picasso--the
artist and his works--lets students create their
own divided portrait while studying the innovative and entirely different
techniques employed by Picasso.
Plant Dye Paints: http://www.kinderart.com/painting/plantdye.shtml
Let your students imagine that they no longer have those tempera watercolor
paints sitting in your classroom; in fact, there are no modern art tools
at all. What will they do for color? Ask them to first name some plants
that might produce a dye, and then experiment. This lesson plan will show
The Puppetry Home Page: http://www.sagecraft.com/puppetry/
From Japanese Kabuki to Hacivad in Turkey to the Moderno Teatro de Muñecos de
Costa Rica, this site describes all sorts of types of puppetry. In addition, the
site includes information for students to create their own puppets in the
styles of various national theaters. An excellent glossary and exposition even
touch on such obscure topics
as marionettes, shadow puppets, and ventriloquism.
Sawdust clay dries to a hard, rough finish that can be sanded and painted.
* sawdust (If you don't have a workshop, your local lumberyard will be
glad to give you some sawdust. Take a paper bag, and they'll fill it for
* wallpaper paste
* wooden spoon
* pipe-cleaner pieces or toothpicks
* tempera paints, markers (optional)
Homemade Wallpaper Paste
* 8 Mix 3 tablespoons (24 g) of flour with 1 tablespoon
(14 g) of sugar in a microwave-safe bowl.
* Add 1/2 cup (120 mL) of water. Stir well.
* Cook for 30 seconds. Stir again. Cook for 30 seconds more.
* The paste should be soft, smooth, and thick.
1. Mix the sawdust clay.
* Combine 1 scoop of sawdust and 1/2 scoop of wallpaper paste in the bowl.
A thick dough will form.
* Stir as you slowly add water until the dough has a putty consistency.
2. Shape the clay into different forms. Make little creatures, puppets,
bowls, and vehicles.
3. Add pipe-cleaner details.
4. Let your creatures dry until hard. Paint them with tempera paint or
decorate with markers.
Tours: http://www.nga.gov/education/school.htm features 38 paintings & sculptures selected from tours designed for students
in Grades PreK-3 & 4-12. Each work is accompanied by an explanation of its
significance & is presented alongside other works related to a theme -- weather,
animals & nature, heroes & heroines, elements of art, the painter, the
sculptor, American art, Renaissance art, mythology, & others. Information
is provided about scheduling a school tour & about more than 150 teaching
resources that the Gallery loans (free) to educational institutions, community
groups, & individuals.
If the race for the world's tallest building fascinates your students,
bring them to SkyscraperPage.com. They can learn about new skyscrapers
that cities plan to build and monitor the construction processes. Be sure
to check out the special computer diagrams of the world's tallest buildings,
where you can look at all of the world's buildings together or focus on
one particular city. There are breathtaking photographs of skylines, too.
The thaumatrope is an early motion device you spin. While you spin the thaumatrope
your brain retains what it sees on one side when it sees the other side - so your
brain thinks it is seeing both sides.
Then & Now: http://www.nga.gov/feature/thenandnow/thenandnow.htm
"In these photo essays you'll view comparative images that demonstrate the many ways, some subtle, some obvious, in which the National Gallery's West Building--and the environment that surrounds it--have changed through the years."
You Be the Conservator: http://americanhistory.si.edu/kids/santos/
This Smithsonian Web site invites students to play the role of a museum conservator, discovering clues about
an historical object in order to preserve or restore it.
Beauty: http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2001/virtuebeauty/vbintro.htm features nearly a dozen portraits of women in Florence created between 1440 &
1540. These paintings, marble
sculptures, medals, & drawings reflect a
time when subjects in art expanded to include not only rulers & their consorts
but also women of the merchant class.
Take a tour of the WebMuseum, see the works of Paul Cezanne, medieval art, and take a walking tour of Paris.
What's Your Impression?: http://www.lessonplanspage.com/ArtWhatsYourImpression-Impressionism26.htm
A little background on the history of Impressionism,
along with selected viewings of representative artists' works introduces students to this hugely formative style of art.
They will then have a chance to
create their own impressionistic painting during an outdoor field trip.
The Wonder Behind the Wizard of Oz: http://www.cis.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1995/2/95.02.02.x.html
This site is actually an in-depth lesson plan geared toward seventh- and
eighth-grade drama students. Your class will discover how books get turned into
movies using The Wizard of Oz as an example. They'll first read L. Frank Baum's
original, unabridged novel and then watch the 1939 film. Your students will have
to be perceptive by noting when and why the two diverge.