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Contemporary Voices - Museum of Modern Art

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9 to 12
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This companion site to an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art features paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs created during the mid to late 20th century. Organized around...more
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This companion site to an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art features paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs created during the mid to late 20th century. Organized around a dynamic concept map, the exhibit gives visitors multiple ways to experience the represented pieces. Browse by medium, artist, or time period. The site is entirely done in Flash, so make sure oyu have this plug-in. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page

tag(s): 20th century (53)

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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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1 to 12
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and...more
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and student needing good quality, educational photos for projects and presentations. Browse by topic or use the site's search feature. Includes a nice collection of related lesson plans, organized by subject.

tag(s): air (150), images (275)

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Off the Map - Interactive Knowledge, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Explore some amazing sights created by "backyard" artists from around the world. These inventive individuals - with little or no formal training - have fashioned unique masterpieces...more
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Explore some amazing sights created by "backyard" artists from around the world. These inventive individuals - with little or no formal training - have fashioned unique masterpieces that reflect their personal visions. After taking an interactive tour through these creative environments, students can click on the "Create Your Own" link to produce a paradise of their own from more than 150 virtual objects. Completed works can be emailed or submitted to the "Off the Map" online gallery. Check out the "For the Classroom" link for a selection of related activities organized by grade level.

tag(s): environment (320)

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Perhaps you have a courtyard or other area around your school and community that could use a facelift. This site might just provide some ideas for involving students in a real-life creative adventure.
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Games Gallery

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6 to 8
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Quick thinking and nimble fingers are needed in these fast-paced, off-beat, art-based games. Enter the gallery, read the brief instructions, and prepare to play. Each game is different,...more
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Quick thinking and nimble fingers are needed in these fast-paced, off-beat, art-based games. Enter the gallery, read the brief instructions, and prepare to play. Each game is different, and the longer you play, the tougher they become! Color mixing, sculpture, spatial representation, and sequencing are among the content areas addressed.

tag(s): sculpture (22)

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Mind of Leonardo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

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9 to 12
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This companion site to a museum exhibit in Florence, Italy, draws visitors into da Vinci's fascinating thought-processes that established a connection between laws of nature and principles...more
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This companion site to a museum exhibit in Florence, Italy, draws visitors into da Vinci's fascinating thought-processes that established a connection between laws of nature and principles of art. Filled with images of the master's sketches and paintings, accompanying commentary, and video, the site provides an intriguing glimpse into the art-science theme that dominated so many of his works.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (96), leonardo davinci (4), renaissance (34)

In the Classroom

This site is a great find for both history and art history teachers! In either course, use the information and images on this site to help introduce the famous Leonardo. This site has a ton of information for students working on research projects or papers, be sure to add it to your class wiki or web page to allow them to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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Red Studio Activities - Museum of Modern Art

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8 to 12
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Art students can experiment with a variety of techniques used by today's modern artists with this pair of creative challenges that emphasize out-of-the-box thinking. The first interactive...more
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Art students can experiment with a variety of techniques used by today's modern artists with this pair of creative challenges that emphasize out-of-the-box thinking. The first interactive activity requires students to create a collage using a palette of photographs, simple shapes, lines, and sizing tools. Next, students can design a room using a variety of tools for generating walls, flooring, background, and furniture.

tag(s): art history (72)

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PEEP and the Big Wide World - WGBH Educational Foundation

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K to 2
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Follow Peep, the inquisitive, newly hatched fowl, as he embarks on a series of adventures involving patterns, colors, balancing, sound, memory and more. Click on the "Interactive Games"...more
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Follow Peep, the inquisitive, newly hatched fowl, as he embarks on a series of adventures involving patterns, colors, balancing, sound, memory and more. Click on the "Interactive Games" link to browse through the selections, there are currently ten. This site also includes an extensive collection of science lessons and printable coloring pages (see Activities and More ). The Peep Explorers Guide offers teachers three "ready to go" units. This site requires Flash. The lesson plans and unit require Adobe Acrobat. You can get both from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): colors (81), measurement (160), patterns (88), preK (292), sound (105)

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Let Peep help make your lessons even better! Use an interactive whiteboard or projector to share this site. Then set this site up as a learning center during your L.A., math, or science lesson block. Be sure to use the free lesson plans with your class. The science activities are quick and easy. Why not highlight one in each of your class newsletters? Be sure to list this link on your teacher website.
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Printed Image in the West - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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10 to 12
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Printmaking, a process that predates the invention of movable type, was responsible for moving art beyond the walls of churches and palaces and into the hands of the masses. Trace ...more
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Printmaking, a process that predates the invention of movable type, was responsible for moving art beyond the walls of churches and palaces and into the hands of the masses. Trace the history and techniques of the printed image with this highly visual site that examines early examples of woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithography, and more.

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Evolution of the Medieval Book - Cornell University Library

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10 to 12
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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human...more
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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human communication, transforming Europe and, eventually, the entire world. From the earliest manuscripts and prayer books, to the very first books printed with Gutenberg's metal type, students can gain an understanding of how the metamorphosis of the written word affected human society. Includes images of manuscripts, bindings, and illustrations, along with descriptive commentary.

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Although this site lends itself to a study of influences that affected European history during the Middle Ages, art students can explore the illuminations and letterforms that appear on the pages of these early manuscripts and books as part of a study of printmaking techniques.

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Segmation - SegTech

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1 to 8
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Imagine the fun and challenge of painting-by-number - without the mess. This unique site provides a virtual coloring experience with lots of bells and whistles. Choose a category and...more
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Imagine the fun and challenge of painting-by-number - without the mess. This unique site provides a virtual coloring experience with lots of bells and whistles. Choose a category and level of difficulty, check out the tools (zoom, timer), and start the recreation of a masterpiece. Themes include holidays, historic figures, works by well-known artists, famous places, and so much more. You won't have to stretch to find a way to link this hands-on activity with a curricular area. Use to build number recognition and mouse skills with younger students, or help older students recognize the complexity of color, shading, and composition.

tag(s): painting (66)

In the Classroom

Great activity to make available on a classroom computer as a reward, or incorporate into a study of a represented artist. Challenge secondary art students to create their own "paint-by-number" activity and convert to a scanned and printable activity for younger students.

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School of Visual Arts

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10 to 12
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More than just an informational page for prospective students of the New York-based fine arts school, this site presents some outstanding original artwork from undergraduate and graduate...more
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More than just an informational page for prospective students of the New York-based fine arts school, this site presents some outstanding original artwork from undergraduate and graduate students, representing multiple genres - photography, illustration, graphic design, computer art, and more. Use the navigational arrows to page through the selections or click on one to view full-frame. Created by Visual Arts Press, Ltd.

tag(s): artists (76)

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This is a wonderful resource for exploring what young artists are producing in a variety of media. Offerings are provocative and thought-provoking, so you may wish to project and use the examples as a basis for class discussion and critical analysis.
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City Creator

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3 to 6
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Creativity and practicality come together in this imaginative activity that places students in the role of city planner. After choosing one of three thematic scenes, students can begin...more
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Creativity and practicality come together in this imaginative activity that places students in the role of city planner. After choosing one of three thematic scenes, students can begin to add buildings, walkways, streets, and populate them with vehicles and people. Finished designs may be saved, printed, or sent as ecards. Free registration required.

tag(s): cities (25), communities (35)

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Since text cannot be added to the city plans on this site, consider projecting finished plans on an interactive white board and asking students to label or describe buildings and sections of their cities.
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Henri Matisse: The Fauves - National Gallery of Art

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10 to 12
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Take a virtual tour through this online gallery of Henri Matisse's paintings. Images are accompanied by background information and critical analysis of the artist's "fauve" style of...more
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Take a virtual tour through this online gallery of Henri Matisse's paintings. Images are accompanied by background information and critical analysis of the artist's "fauve" style of primitive brushwork. Works of other fauve artists and those who most influenced them (Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh) are also included.

tag(s): french (92)

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Artopia - SCETV

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6 to 8
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This virtual playground for the visual and performing arts is filled with interactive experiences for student exploration. Music, painting, sculpture, theater, and dance are represented...more
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This virtual playground for the visual and performing arts is filled with interactive experiences for student exploration. Music, painting, sculpture, theater, and dance are represented through thoughtfully structured activities that place students in the role of sculptor, music producer, art critic and more! A great resource for teaching the principles and processes involved in each art form. Includes printable word banks, informational videos, and lesson plans aligned to standards.

tag(s): artists (76)

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Cezanne in Provence - National Gallery of Art

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9 to 12
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This companion site to an international exhibition marking the centenary of C?zanne's death, focuses on the landscape of Aix-en-Provence - a region that profoundly influenced his artwork....more
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This companion site to an international exhibition marking the centenary of C?zanne's death, focuses on the landscape of Aix-en-Provence - a region that profoundly influenced his artwork. The true gem of the site is an exhibition tour with audio that is worth taking. Visitors can view and interact with dozens of his paintings while listening to expert commentary. Other features include a chronology of his work, an interactive image list, and a map illustrating the locations around Aix where C?zanne completed specific works.

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Renaissance Connection - Allentown Art Museum

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6 to 8
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This educational website for middle school students focuses on the art, history, scientific inventions, and art patronage of the Renaissance. With a delightfully interactive flair,...more
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This educational website for middle school students focuses on the art, history, scientific inventions, and art patronage of the Renaissance. With a delightfully interactive flair, the site features digital images, maps, a timeline, glossary, and lesson plans. Students can role play the experience of commissioning a piece of artwork or trace today's innovations back to their Renaissance beginnings, while developing skills in literacy, analysis, and problem solving. Includes a collection of interdisciplinary lesson plans. Aligned to Academic Standards.

tag(s): europe (74), renaissance (34)

In the Classroom

Explore the lesson plans and objectives first, then incorporate these imaginative lessons into your curriculum to meet specific content objectives. From word problems and analytical interpretation, to point-of-view and the five themes of geography, there is something here to fit many disciplines and curriculum objectives.
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Art Treasures of Nebraska - Nebraska Educational Telecommunications

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8 to 12
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Far from being regional in nature, this online, interactive treasure takes visitors on a virtual exploration of artistic treasures housed in three of the state's finest galleries. Choose...more
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Far from being regional in nature, this online, interactive treasure takes visitors on a virtual exploration of artistic treasures housed in three of the state's finest galleries. Choose a location, and a piece of artwork, then watch a thought-provoking video segment about the artist who created it. More than one dozen pieces are represented - including works by Degas, Grant Wood, to Edward Hopper, and more.

tag(s): art history (72)

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Warm and Cold Colors - National Grid for Learning

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1 to 2
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This highly visual, interactive white board activity introduces students to the concept of warm and cold colors. After analyzing images and reflecting on the effect color has on mood,...more
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This highly visual, interactive white board activity introduces students to the concept of warm and cold colors. After analyzing images and reflecting on the effect color has on mood, students can play a "mixed up rain" game in which they try to catch the colored raindrops using the appropriate "warm" or "cold" puddles. Very cute! The interactive whiteboard activity requires the most current version of FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): colors (81)

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Flip Book - FABRICA

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2 to 12
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This is a "just for fun" site that harkens back to the days when students used to created their own animated pictures by scribbling little drawings on the bottom of ...more
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This is a "just for fun" site that harkens back to the days when students used to created their own animated pictures by scribbling little drawings on the bottom of their tablets and flipping through the pages. Use this virtual tablet to sketch a series of images then click the "eye" button to watch the animation. Tour the Flip Book gallery - but beware - there may be some animations inappropriate for young children. Even if you activate the "Filter Mature Content" feature in "Preferences," you must still be vigilant!

tag(s): creativity (120)

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Kids Soup - Ear Twiggles Productions

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K to 3
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Find easy-to-make winter crafts and games - perfect for early elementary students. Includes printable patterns and step-by-step instructions. ...more
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Find easy-to-make winter crafts and games - perfect for early elementary students. Includes printable patterns and step-by-step instructions.

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You might want to pass this on to parents anxious for at-home "snow day" activities. SHare it with parent volunteers who will be helping plan class parties, as well.

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