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A Brush with Wildlife - National Museum of Wildlife Art

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7 to 12
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This elegantly designed site illustrates the importance of balance, contrast, movement, and proportion to a work of art. Part tutorial, part interactive tool, the site features a "make...more
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This elegantly designed site illustrates the importance of balance, contrast, movement, and proportion to a work of art. Part tutorial, part interactive tool, the site features a "make your own masterpiece" option in which students can select a background, add resizable subjects, and submit for critique. Includes an excellent Teacher Guide that provides interdisciplinary connections.

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California's Gold Rush - Oakland Museum

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The Oakland Museum offers this collection of "untold stories" about the gold rush in California. The site includes lesson plans linked to California standards, sections on art; natives...more
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The Oakland Museum offers this collection of "untold stories" about the gold rush in California. The site includes lesson plans linked to California standards, sections on art; natives and immigrants; and more. Lots of possibilities if you're in California, and a great addition to a unit on westward exploration for others.

tag(s): california (27), gold rush (19), native americans (78)

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Explore Creativity - PBS

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This virtual playground is filled with motivating, interactive activities that challenge the creativity and problem-solving skills of your early elementary students. Organized into...more
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This virtual playground is filled with motivating, interactive activities that challenge the creativity and problem-solving skills of your early elementary students. Organized into three main topics, based on the nature of creative development they promote, each activity is paired with outstanding resources for parents and teachers. These include suggestions for open-ended questions, discussions on how the activities relate to key academic disciplines, and links to resources that will extend and enrich students' creative experiences. The site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): creativity (121)

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My Back-to-School Book - I Love That Teaching Idea!

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1 to 2
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Print out this book template and let your students' creativity take over as they use pictures and words to describe their new school year. This is a great student-centered project ...more
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Print out this book template and let your students' creativity take over as they use pictures and words to describe their new school year. This is a great student-centered project to display for back-to-school night. This site requires Adobe Acrobat. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

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Use this activity during the first week of school. Have students share their books with the rest of the class. Be sure to save these books for back-to-school night or even create a bulletin board highlighting the books.
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Clay Studio - Mint Museums / Public Library of Charlotte

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4 to 8
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Before turning your students loose in the art room, give them some virtual hands-on experience with this outstanding online art studio. The most impressive feature on the site is the...more
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Before turning your students loose in the art room, give them some virtual hands-on experience with this outstanding online art studio. The most impressive feature on the site is the "pot throw," which actively involves students in each step of the artistic process. Mistakes and misjudgments are allowed, and help is always one mouse click away. After forming the pot, students can glaze it, place it in the kiln, set the temperature, and await their finished creation. Instructions for creating a coil pot and slab self-portrait are also included. Just for fun, students can try out the interactive "Build a Face Jug" activity.

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Color Me Happy: Color, Mood, Tone - EDSITEment

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9 to 12
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This art-based lesson plan examines how artists use color to set the tone of a painting or convey a specific mood. After identifying color schemes in a variety of paintings, ...more
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This art-based lesson plan examines how artists use color to set the tone of a painting or convey a specific mood. After identifying color schemes in a variety of paintings, students are asked to discuss the resulting impact to the viewer and the role played by cools vs. warm colors.

tag(s): colors (81)

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Seeing Geometry in Art - NCTM

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4 to 6
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Reinforce knowledge and awareness of geometric shapes with this art-based math lesson. Using works by Kandinsky, students must analyze and list all of the shapes they can find in a...more
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Reinforce knowledge and awareness of geometric shapes with this art-based math lesson. Using works by Kandinsky, students must analyze and list all of the shapes they can find in a series of paintings, compare their findings, and discuss the reasons why an artist might choose to consistently repeat certain shapes. Great interdisciplinary review activity. Aligned to National Standards.

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Allegory in Painting - EDSITEment

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Help students understand the concept of allegory in the visual arts with this lesson plan that examines the works of artists like Thomas Cole and Caravaggio. Using thought-provoking...more
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Help students understand the concept of allegory in the visual arts with this lesson plan that examines the works of artists like Thomas Cole and Caravaggio. Using thought-provoking questions and well-organized activities, the plan guides students through the process of recognizing and interpreting allegorical images. Links to art images and supporting materials are included. Aligned to National Standards.

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Adjective Monster - Kennedy Center

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1 to 4
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Make a connection between art and literature with this clever lesson plan that helps students understand how both are used to relate experiences and express emotions. After reading...more
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Make a connection between art and literature with this clever lesson plan that helps students understand how both are used to relate experiences and express emotions. After reading Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley, students will learn about descriptive words and choose an adjective to describe an original monster they have created. After creating their monster's face using paper sculpting techniques, they will learn to identify basic geometric shapes. An assessment rubric and extension activities are provided. Aligned to national Standards.

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Take advantage of the free lesson plan hosted by the Kennedy Center. Be sure to save the site as a favorite on your classroom desktop, allowing for easy reference later on.
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A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words - IRA/NCTE

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6 to 8
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Improve writing skills while tapping into art and critical thinking skills. This lesson plan takes students to virtual art galleries, guides them through a brainstorming exercise, then...more
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Improve writing skills while tapping into art and critical thinking skills. This lesson plan takes students to virtual art galleries, guides them through a brainstorming exercise, then challenges them to analyze character, setting, situation, and vocabulary, before creating an original story. A nice activity for exploring connections between images and words, and learning characteristics of narrative writing.

tag(s): narrative (22), vocabulary (323), writing (366)

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Monsters - Kennedy Center

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Using art, music, and literary classics, students explore the idea of "monsters" in society, analyze how they are portrayed, the purpose they serve, and why they are necessary. After...more
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Using art, music, and literary classics, students explore the idea of "monsters" in society, analyze how they are portrayed, the purpose they serve, and why they are necessary. After an introductory brainstorming activity, students read Beowulf and Grendel, watch and listen to snatches of monster-inspired music (Danse Macabre and Night on Bald Mountain), then apply research skills to design and present their own conceptual monster. Includes an assessment rubric, links to multimedia resources, and extension activities.

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Eye of Science

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9 to 12
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Science and art are more closely related than you might suppose. To prove it, visit this breathtaking site that features scientific photographs of items found in the microscopic world....more
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Science and art are more closely related than you might suppose. To prove it, visit this breathtaking site that features scientific photographs of items found in the microscopic world. Click on the "Gallery" to view the images (which include E. coli, marigold petal hairs, and compost heap fungus - to name a few), then visit the "Equipment" link to find out what was used to create them. Also available in German.

tag(s): images (273), photography (158)

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Color Matters - J. L. Morton

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9 to 12
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This interdisciplinary site - loaded with facts and real-life scenarios - explores the physiology, psychology, art, and philosophy of color. Find out how color affects our mind, health,...more
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This interdisciplinary site - loaded with facts and real-life scenarios - explores the physiology, psychology, art, and philosophy of color. Find out how color affects our mind, health, environment and society. Includes a discussion board, so monitor accordingly.

tag(s): colors (81), psychology (66)

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Make a Splash with Color - Tech Museum of Innovation

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6 to 8
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This entertaining site explores the "ingredients" of color, the role of the eye in perceiving color, the properties of light, and the visible spectrum. Organized as a three-part tutorial,...more
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This entertaining site explores the "ingredients" of color, the role of the eye in perceiving color, the properties of light, and the visible spectrum. Organized as a three-part tutorial, the site provides easy-to-understand explanations, interactive components, and nice graphics. You might want to create a simple Web hunt to guide your students through the main points of each section.

tag(s): colors (81), light (48), senses (30)

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The Ancient City of Athens

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9 to 12
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Take a tour of the archaeological and architectural remains of Athens, Greece on this impressive site (created by a classical archaeologist at the Indiana University) that presents...more
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Take a tour of the archaeological and architectural remains of Athens, Greece on this impressive site (created by a classical archaeologist at the Indiana University) that presents a photographic archive of the city's most historic venues. All images may be downloaded and used for school projects and presentations, provided that the terms outlined in the Creative Commons License (check out the link) are followed.

tag(s): greece (27), greek (41), greeks (32), states (165)

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MoOm: The Museum of Online Museums - Coudal Partners

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6 to 12
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You'll be enlightened, amazed, and even mystified by this eclectic collection of online museums that tout the bizarre, the practical, and the mundane. Interspersed among the "traditional'...more
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You'll be enlightened, amazed, and even mystified by this eclectic collection of online museums that tout the bizarre, the practical, and the mundane. Interspersed among the "traditional' exhibits featuring the likes of Van Gogh and Ansel Adams are those covering a dizzying array of interests and obsessions. Check out the Gallery of Stove Burners, Ephemera Now, or the Museum of Norwegian Manhole Covers (we're not kidding). In addition to making some interesting cultural statements, the exhibits provide great ideas and insights for art and photography students.

tag(s): artists (78), inventors and inventions (94), museums (51), trivia (19)

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Select a display that fits your classroom needs and share it on the interactive whiteboard or projector. A lot of the art displays based on the site focus on creativity and the ingenuous of design, easily motivating students to create their own original art pieces.

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Gala-Salvador Dali

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Learn more about Dali and his works with this site maintained by the Gala-Salvador Foundation - an organization the artist founded in 1983. In addition to biographical information,...more
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Learn more about Dali and his works with this site maintained by the Gala-Salvador Foundation - an organization the artist founded in 1983. In addition to biographical information, the site offers interactive, virtual tours of the three museums managed by the Foundation.

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Modern Ruins: Photographic Essays - Shaun O'Boyle

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8 to 12
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Human history is elegantly presented in this collection of photographic essays depicting the architecture and objects we've left behind. Abandoned steel mills, insane asylums, coalmines,...more
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Human history is elegantly presented in this collection of photographic essays depicting the architecture and objects we've left behind. Abandoned steel mills, insane asylums, coalmines, and train yards are captured in stark images that create powerful impressions. Some of the photographs have been combined into multimedia Flash movies that are definitely worth viewing. Add this resource to a unit on 20th century American history, use the images as prompts for creative writing, or project in your classroom to inspire student photographers.

tag(s): photography (158)

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The photos on this website are beautiful and could easily be included in presentations to give students something more tangible to hold on to in a history class. Teachers could also use this photos as writing prompts. Save the webpage as a favorite and refer students to it during a unit on any of the places photographed. Have students write a short essay as to what they see in the picture, and what they can infer. Teachers can use these images to prompt letter writing, journal entries, newspaper reports, etc.
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Etch - Learning Box

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It's not exactly the Etch-a-Sketch you remember as a kid, but this virtual version of a childhood favorite offers all of creative challenge, plus a few new features. Get your ...more
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It's not exactly the Etch-a-Sketch you remember as a kid, but this virtual version of a childhood favorite offers all of creative challenge, plus a few new features. Get your creative juices flowing and incorporate this site into a review of basic geometric shapes, add it to a literature unit as an illustrating tool, or use it with art students to produce virtual "pen and ink" sketches. If nothing else, the activity provides great mouse practice for early elementary students.

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NYPL Digital Gallery - New York Public Library

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This searchable collection of images from the New York Public Library contains thousands of items scanned from dust jackets, documents, posters, maps, illustrated books, and more. There...more
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This searchable collection of images from the New York Public Library contains thousands of items scanned from dust jackets, documents, posters, maps, illustrated books, and more. There is no fee for classroom or research uses, but the images may not be disseminated in any form (books, articles, brochures, Web pages, etc.). Please include the citations used in the "gallery" when incorporating these resources into your teaching materials. Encourage your students to do the same and introduce them to the concept of Fair Use!

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