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Van Gogh Museum

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9 to 12
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This page developed by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam offers some breathtaking features that will bring the artist's work to life for your students. Click on the "Van Gogh ...more
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This page developed by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam offers some breathtaking features that will bring the artist's work to life for your students. Click on the "Van Gogh & Gauguin" link for a beautifully designed multimedia presentation that goes far beyond background information to reveal the very soul of the artist. Another must-see is the virtual 3D tour of the permanent museum collection. It requires the download of a Windows plug-in (directions are provided), but it is well worth it to walk through the rooms, learn about the paintings, and interact with other visitors (a feature that must be monitored closely if used in the classroom).

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Welcome to the Conservator's Studio - Seattle Art Museum

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Students can unlock the secrets of how artists create a piece of work through this interactive site that puts them in the role of a conservator with works by two ...more
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Students can unlock the secrets of how artists create a piece of work through this interactive site that puts them in the role of a conservator with works by two twentieth-century Mexican artists: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Open the virtual toolbox to explore specialized tools and techniques of the trade, then click on a painting and begin to uncover the mysteries.

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Olga's Gallery

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8 to 12
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This online gallery contains a staggering number of works of art - more than 10,000 - organized by artist, country, movement, and name. Biographical information on each artist is ...more
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This online gallery contains a staggering number of works of art - more than 10,000 - organized by artist, country, movement, and name. Biographical information on each artist is provided. Of special note is a "World Literature in Painting" link that thematically connects art with classic literary works.

tag(s): literature (275)

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Use the "World Literature in Painting," to find images to accompany your study of a piece of literature. The images hosted here are small, but the descriptions are descriptive and provide some excellent background on the art and literature. Find larger copies of the image elsewhere, and use them over the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce interpretations of a piece of writing. Bare minimum, this would be a great way to show the impact the writing had on the culture.

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In Focus - Tate Gallery

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This unique online gallery provides in-depth commentary on artistic works, artists and subjects. Of particular note is the exhibit of American landscape painting from 1820-1880 which...more
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This unique online gallery provides in-depth commentary on artistic works, artists and subjects. Of particular note is the exhibit of American landscape painting from 1820-1880 which draws connections between the paintings in the collection and the literature that inspired them. Another impressive feature is the i-Map Project which provides an interactive, multimedia exploration of the works, ideas and innovations of Matisse and Picasso.

tag(s): painting (66), picasso (6)

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Use the learning tools within each subheading to scour for ideas on how to use these resources in your classroom. The learning guides typically have lesson plans, games and classroom activities accompanying the textual information. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy reference later on.
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Earth as Art - Library of Congress

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Enter this virtual exhibit to view satellite photos of some of the world's most amazing geographic and geologic treasure. Basic maps are provided to show visitors the approximate location...more
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Enter this virtual exhibit to view satellite photos of some of the world's most amazing geographic and geologic treasure. Basic maps are provided to show visitors the approximate location of each strange and awe-inspiring art form. Dramatic deforestation in the Amazon Basin, the West Fjords of Iceland, and the Lambert Glacier in Antarctica are among the breathtaking images included in the collection. Use this site to inspire your art students, illustrate a geographic concept, or enrich an environmental science lesson.

tag(s): ecology (135), landforms (45), photography (160)

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Use this site as an Earth Day activity! Use the maps on deforestation to lead to a conversation on conservationism.

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International Directory of Sculpture Parks

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Choose a continent on the interactive map of the world, select a country or state, and start browsing through the collection of annotated links to sculpture garden sites. This is ...more
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Choose a continent on the interactive map of the world, select a country or state, and start browsing through the collection of annotated links to sculpture garden sites. This is a great visual resource for art students, but, in most cases, you must provide the background and interpretation.

tag(s): sculpture (21)

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Lost in Translation - NY Times

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This lesson plan designed by the New York Times challenges students to reflect on the uses of math in their daily lives and develop clear, compelling ways to communicate mathematical...more
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This lesson plan designed by the New York Times challenges students to reflect on the uses of math in their daily lives and develop clear, compelling ways to communicate mathematical concepts to the average layman. After reading and discussing a related New York Times article (link provided), students must work with a partner to research a mathematical or physics concept and design a multimedia brochure explaining that concept to the general public. A clever and thought-provoking way for students to understand math from the inside out.

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Classroom Clipart

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1 to 12
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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you ...more
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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you read the site's copyright information. This site is SLOW to open, so be patient.

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Best of Still Photojournalism - National Press Photographers Association

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Inspire your photography students with these award-winning photographs from photo editors, web editors, and photojournalists from around the world. Organized by subject. ...more
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Inspire your photography students with these award-winning photographs from photo editors, web editors, and photojournalists from around the world. Organized by subject.

tag(s): journalism (46), news (261), photography (160)

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Ask Joan of Art - Smithsonian

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The next time your students stump you with a question about an American artist, don't despair; just ask Joan! This free service, provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, puts...more
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The next time your students stump you with a question about an American artist, don't despair; just ask Joan! This free service, provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, puts you and your students in touch with art information specialists. Using print and electronic reference sources, Joan of Art, will answer your question within a time frame that you indicate. Serious inquiries, only! Don't make this resource available for general homework or class project use.

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Sesame Street - CTW

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The Children's Television Network has created a delightful set of learning activities that strengthen skills in letter recognition, decoding, listening, problem-solving, and more. Led...more
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The Children's Television Network has created a delightful set of learning activities that strengthen skills in letter recognition, decoding, listening, problem-solving, and more. Led by the familiar cast of characters from Sesame Street, your youngest students will love to explore Elmo's World, the Game Room, and participate in interactive stories. The links include games, stories, art, music, mail, and Elmo's World. At the Games link you will find science activities about the weather, counting challenges, classification activities, musical fun, and numerous other educational activities. This site truly has something for all primary elementary classroom. The site requires Flash. You can get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page..

tag(s): classification (25), counting (120), listening (91), numbers (204), preK (279), sound (100), sounds (68)

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Use this rare find to motivate your students. Have students work on individual computers and explore this site on their own. With younger students, you may want to introduce the site on an interactive whiteboard or projector. This is definitely one that you will want to share with your parents in your newsletter or on your class website.
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Playing With Time - Minnesota Science Museum

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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it ...more
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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it up or slow it down - and view the coming of spring, the evolution of the continents, or the incredible functions of the human eye. Follow the Activities link to find some visually challenging interactive activities. This site would be an engaging addition to a life science or art lesson. Use the activities to encourage creative problem solving, or select one of the video images to use as a creative writing prompt.

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Web Gallery of Art

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The more than 12,000 works of are represented digitally on this site include paintings and sculptures created in Europe between 1150 and 1800 AD. Many of the artworks include captions...more
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The more than 12,000 works of are represented digitally on this site include paintings and sculptures created in Europe between 1150 and 1800 AD. Many of the artworks include captions as well as biographic information about the artist. Use the search engine to zero in on a particular work or artist. Choose from a selection of virtual guided tours to better understand the historical or artistic relationships between museum pieces.

tag(s): artists (75), painting (66), sculpture (21)

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Time and Life Pictures - Getty Images

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7 to 12
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Art, Literature, U.S. History - Works by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century are represented in this massive collection of powerful images documenting memorable events...more
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Art, Literature, U.S. History - Works by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century are represented in this massive collection of powerful images documenting memorable events in American politics and culture. Project selected photos in class to introduce an event in history, inspire student photographers, or introduce a writing prompt. The sight is searchable and quite user-friendly. A fee is required to download images.

tag(s): photography (160)

In the Classroom

Use the photos found in this site for writing prompts. Search within the site or browse the subjects offered to find one that corresponds to a unit being studied. A good example would be the images taken of the Great Depression. Pull up a select few of the images and prompt students to tell the story of what is happening in the image, the emotions seen, and what kind of impact this is meant to have of the viewer. An activity like this does require some background knowledge so this might better suited towards the end of a unit as review. This site would benefit teachers of nearly any subject, especially history, language arts, civics and science.

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Art of Crime Detection - Sanford

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Left and right brain functions come together in this interactive site that takes a look at the art behind investigative police work. A brief introduction, explaining the role of each...more
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Left and right brain functions come together in this interactive site that takes a look at the art behind investigative police work. A brief introduction, explaining the role of each side of the brain, is followed by a series of assignments that require students to use their visual vocabulary to help solve a case. As art and forensic science come together, students begin to realize that visual images can be more effective than words in describing something. Check out the Teacher's Guide for a list of learning outcomes and helpful tips.

tag(s): forensics (27)

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Use this website as a paired activity, or learning center during a lesson on the right and left brain. Have students complete the activity & along the way, chart the difference between right and left brain using a venn diagram. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here).
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Childe Hassam: American Impressionist - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Take your art students on a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with this impressive retrospective highlighting the work of Childe Hassam, one of America's leading impressionist...more
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Take your art students on a virtual tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art with this impressive retrospective highlighting the work of Childe Hassam, one of America's leading impressionist artists. More than 120 oil paintings, watercolors, pastels and prints are featured, depicting nostalgic views of well-known sites across America and Europe. Details of each image can be explored with the click of a mouse, and descriptive captions are provided for each work. A lengthy chronology of Hassam's life is included along with an excerpt from a delightful silent film (produced by the Met in 1932) about the artist. Portions of this site would be quite at home in an American history class! Be sure to investigate the "Family Feature" link which offers an interactive "Meet the Artist" activity, timeline, and several "Closer Look" activities designed for younger students.

tag(s): artists (75), painting (66)

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Use this site as an introductory activity on the interactive whiteboard to impressionism in the US. The images on the site are excellent representations of impressionism and can be used as examples to help students characterize it.

Divide students into cooperative learning groups to explore the site. Have them compare and contrast what they note about impressionism to other styles that have been studied before in class. Use an online tool such as Interactive Two Circle Venn Diagram (reviewed here). Have students print out their diagrams OR display their findings on the interactive whiteboard to their peers.

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Scribbler - Ze Frank

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Use the mouse to create a simple line drawing. Click the "Done Drawing" button and watch it morph into a very different kind of masterpiece! Experiment with the settings ...more
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Use the mouse to create a simple line drawing. Click the "Done Drawing" button and watch it morph into a very different kind of masterpiece! Experiment with the settings to produce variations. Tour the gallery to see what others have created. A fun and unique alternative to tradition pen and ink sketches!

tag(s): drawing (78)

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Save this site in your favorites on your class computers. Allow students to create their own designs in the "scribbler," and use those drawings as inspiration for an art project. Encourage recreating the scribble in other mediums, or even trying to sketch their own. In a language arts class, allow students to create poems or short rhymes in the scribbler. The graphic addition makes the poems a very interesting display, and is a different take on an old assignment! Due to the spider-web quality of the designs, scribbler poems would be perfect around Halloween.

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Coloring Page

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1 to 2
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Choose from hundreds of print-friendly coloring pages for your students. Find an image that relates to a holiday or curriculum topic, or check out the online kids' activities that include...more
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Choose from hundreds of print-friendly coloring pages for your students. Find an image that relates to a holiday or curriculum topic, or check out the online kids' activities that include interactive word searches, memory games, classic word games and so much more! Printable connect-the-dots activities and mazes are also available. These are great "filler" activities your students will love.

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Destination Modern Art - MOMA

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This intergalactic journey pairs students with a couple of space aliens on a mission to explore the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. Kids can navigate through the virtual...more
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This intergalactic journey pairs students with a couple of space aliens on a mission to explore the Museum of Modern Art's permanent collection. Kids can navigate through the virtual rooms, select specific works of art, and choose from a variety of interactive activities: listen to a story, create a masterpiece, discover the secrets hidden within a painting, or compose a poem using drag-and drop skills. Your students can easily navigate through this site on their own and will be amused for hours, so set some time limits! Headphones are highly recommended.

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Gauguin Tahiti - Boston Museum of Fine Arts

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Use this site for an in-depth study of 19th century French painter Paul Gauguin. The focus of this interactive, on-line exhibition is his extraordinary work titled "Where Do We Come...more
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Use this site for an in-depth study of 19th century French painter Paul Gauguin. The focus of this interactive, on-line exhibition is his extraordinary work titled "Where Do We Come From? Where Are We? Where Are We Going," a masterpiece produced during the artist's time in Tahiti. Visitors can move a virtual magnifying glass over the work and click on 15 separate segments. Each segment is augmented by background text and audio interviews with art historians. This is a high-level site for serious analysis by mature students.

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