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Degas and the Dance - Philadelphia Museum of Art

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4 to 8
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The "For Kids" Section of the Philadelphia Museum's exhibit page has a brief interactive flash exercise that would be useful for an elementary art lesson. Students can learn about Degas'...more
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The "For Kids" Section of the Philadelphia Museum's exhibit page has a brief interactive flash exercise that would be useful for an elementary art lesson. Students can learn about Degas' subject matter at the Paris Opera House, as well as examine three of his works in closer detail.

tag(s): dance (28)

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Online Etch-A-Sketch - Ohio Art

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K to 12
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OK, this one's mostly for fun, and we're showing our age. Still, the online version of the famous drawing toy performs much as the original did. Try this one on ...more
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OK, this one's mostly for fun, and we're showing our age. Still, the online version of the famous drawing toy performs much as the original did. Try this one on your students as an example of what high tech was thirty years ago. Just don't try to clear your screen by turning it upside down and shaking it! Operate the game using the arrow keys on your keyboard.

tag(s): drawing (78)

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Have young ones practice left and right by working with a partner at classroom computers, with one partner directing "left" or "right, "up" or "down" while the other operates the keys. Together they can make a drawing! Older students will be amused by the simplicity. See what they can create with just one continuous line.
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Make Your Own Kaleidoscope

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This is an online tool that lets users experiment with lines, fills, and color to create their own kaleidoscope. There are lots of possible imaging, color, and mathematical connections...more
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This is an online tool that lets users experiment with lines, fills, and color to create their own kaleidoscope. There are lots of possible imaging, color, and mathematical connections that one might draw from this one. It's also just plain fun to try. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): animation (63)

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Surrounded by Beauty - Minneapolis Institute of Art

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4 to 12
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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley,...more
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Native American art and culture is the subject of this elegant site from the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Built around the cultures of the Northeast Woodlands, the Mississippi Valley, the Plains, the Southwest, and the Northwest Coast, the site offers images and text that can enhance any unit on Native Americans. There are also links to tribal web sites.

tag(s): india (36)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Native American culture. Have students explore the site with the intentions of presenting summaries of specific cultures or artworks. Have students create a multimedia presentation using YUtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo of the art, the tribes or the regions (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try PhotoPin, reviewed here.

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The Artist's Toolkit - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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Play with a toolbox full of resources used by artists, and create unique works of art with this interactive resource. Learn about line, shape, color, balance, space, and movement through...more
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Play with a toolbox full of resources used by artists, and create unique works of art with this interactive resource. Learn about line, shape, color, balance, space, and movement through animated multimedia presentations, find examples of each element in works of art from museums, and then design your own pieces incorporating those tools. The site also includes short videos showing professional artists creating original compositions using the toolkit. Teachers can customize a toolkit to match a unit or lesson.

tag(s): colors (79), design (84), perspective (11)

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Share this in an art lesson or as a refresher resource available for students who get "stucK' in design processes. Since the interactives use audio, even younger students can understand them, especially the one about color. If you do infographic or other visual projects, the basic design information in this resource will help your students create projects that have greater visual appeal. Mark this one in your favorites and share it on your class web page for students to access outside of class.
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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: Social Dilemmas - Cspace

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Here are 10 questions that will stimulate in-depth discussions about E. L. Konigsburg's book. Each question provides a springboard for a student writing task and offers many opportunities...more
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Here are 10 questions that will stimulate in-depth discussions about E. L. Konigsburg's book. Each question provides a springboard for a student writing task and offers many opportunities for extensions such as role play and class presentation.

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From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler: Cooperative Activities - Cspace

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CSpace presents a group of 5 activities that will promote group learning and foster creative research. This lesson plan, based on E. L. Konigsburg's novel about two children's adventures...more
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CSpace presents a group of 5 activities that will promote group learning and foster creative research. This lesson plan, based on E. L. Konigsburg's novel about two children's adventures in the Metropolitan Museum, offers students a chance to gather information about the museum itself, the renaissance, and travel.

tag(s): e l konigsburg (5)

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Take advantage of the free lesson activities and group discussion questions on this site!

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Ancient Egypt Lesson Plans - Detroit Institute of Art

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4 to 12
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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...more
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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.

tag(s): egypt (67), pyramids (29)

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It really doesn't get more creative than this! Take advantage of the free lesson plans and examples provided on this site! This is a great resource for Elementary School teachers, as the subject literally spans almost every content.

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An Uncommon Mission - PacBell

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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...more
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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.

tag(s): california (27)

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This site has a TON of activities and lessons planned for a unit based on the art of Father Jerome Tupa! Save the site as a favorite on your classroom computer and browse their large list for activities that will work in your classroom.

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Mark Twain House

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Students reading Twain's books may be surprised to know that he lived in Hartford, not along the Mississippi. This site from the restored home offers a virtual tour, a kids' ...more
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Students reading Twain's books may be surprised to know that he lived in Hartford, not along the Mississippi. This site from the restored home offers a virtual tour, a kids' section with a word search, and some very basic information about the house. This one's worth a look for those interested in late 19th century architecture.

tag(s): architecture (84), mark twain (10)

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Teachers wanting to introduce some of Twain's personal life before or after reading one of his books can do just that with this site. Share the site with students on the interactive whiteboard, watching the virtual tour or examining the exhibits. There may not be a ton of information, but this is a great way to get students started on understanding just a little bit more about the famous author.

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Artsonia

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4 to 12
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Artsonia is an online community to facilitate sharing of art instruction ideas and student artwork. Several of the site's features require registration, but there's much to see and...more
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Artsonia is an online community to facilitate sharing of art instruction ideas and student artwork. Several of the site's features require registration, but there's much to see and do in the openly available areas as well. This one's worth a peek if you're interested in seeing what other students and teachers are doing.

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Origami Learning Center

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4 to 12
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Part of a far larger site, this section offers lots of instructions on the basics of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. There are examples galore, along with information ...more
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Part of a far larger site, this section offers lots of instructions on the basics of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. There are examples galore, along with information on terminology, reading folding instructions, and sources for origami patterns. If you're looking for an art activity that requires very little equipment, try this one.

tag(s): japan (61), origami (17), paper folding (5)

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Use this site as an supplement to the book "One Thousand Paper Cranes." After the students have completed the book, use some class time to allow students to create their own cranes in class. Introduce the site on the interactive whiteboard before allowing students to explore it further in cooperative learning groups. Once students have created a crane, encourage them to try more complicated shapes and figures! This is a great way to lead into a conversation on the significance of origami and why it was so important in the book.

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National Standards for Music Education

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Arts education is frequently one of the first casualties of tight budgets. This national site for music educators offers standards for music education as well as links to music education...more
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Arts education is frequently one of the first casualties of tight budgets. This national site for music educators offers standards for music education as well as links to music education resources. Advocates for the importance of the arts in education will find help here.

tag(s): music theory (43)

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PaPaInk

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2 to 12
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This site displays a number of collections of children's artwork, much of it created in response to specific projects or sites operated by third parties. It's a good general resource...more
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This site displays a number of collections of children's artwork, much of it created in response to specific projects or sites operated by third parties. It's a good general resource for examples of artwork from young people of all ages. It would also be a great source to see how children have reacted to learning about specific topics such as world hunger and the holocaust.

tag(s): painting (66)

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KinderArt

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1 to 3
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Here's a ready source for thousands of art ideas, projects, and activities for primary students. Seasonal and theme activities provide primary teachers or parents with lots of instructional...more
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Here's a ready source for thousands of art ideas, projects, and activities for primary students. Seasonal and theme activities provide primary teachers or parents with lots of instructional options. This site also includes a variety of craft projects.

tag(s): crafts (41)

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Finding the Rhythm of Blues in Children's Poetry, Art, and Music - Yale University

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Use activities that center around poetry, art, and music related to migration, slavery in the U.S., and African-American culture to help students learn about the blues aesthetic. ...more
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Use activities that center around poetry, art, and music related to migration, slavery in the U.S., and African-American culture to help students learn about the blues aesthetic.

tag(s): blues (21), migration (59), poetry (228), slavery (72)

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Printmaking - What's in a Print - The Museum of Modern Art

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This site about printmaking from the Museum of Modern Art provides animated illustrations, a gallery of print examples, and explanations of several different printmaking techniques....more
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This site about printmaking from the Museum of Modern Art provides animated illustrations, a gallery of print examples, and explanations of several different printmaking techniques. Elementary students can understand the basic concepts; middle and secondary students can use the demonstrations as a starting point for their own printmaking efforts. Outstanding work - but requires the Flash 5 player, a "must-have" plug-in which is available from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

tag(s): art history (70)

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Use this site as a learning station or center during a unit on printmaking or the evolution of prints. Allow students to examine the activity in cooperative learning groups, before allowing them to create their own prints!

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The Florence Art Guide

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This Italian site offers an introductory, museum-by-museum tour of Florence, providing historical background and samples of collections for each location. Good introductory reference...more
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This Italian site offers an introductory, museum-by-museum tour of Florence, providing historical background and samples of collections for each location. Good introductory reference for an art or history project, or for a basic introduction to the collections. Easily navigable by students.

tag(s): museums (49)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on Renaissance art in Europe. There is art that encompasses other time periods, but a good majority of it is from the Renaissance era. Allow students to peruse the site in cooperative learning groups, with the intentions of presenting their own summary of what they read on the site. Have students use a mapping tool such as Mapskip (reviewed here) to create a map of local landforms (with audio stories and pictures included)!

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Art Teacher on the Net

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This award winning site contains a wealth of information for art teachers, scout leaders, and parents. There are project ideas, links, and advice. The Art of Many Lands section includes...more
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This award winning site contains a wealth of information for art teachers, scout leaders, and parents. There are project ideas, links, and advice. The Art of Many Lands section includes projects from around the world (some written in French!) A great resource!

tag(s): art history (70)

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Art Education Resources - Crayola

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Appropriate for teachers and parents of children all ages. This Crayola site has a wealth of information for parents, teachers and students. The areas included are; techniques, lessons...more
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Appropriate for teachers and parents of children all ages. This Crayola site has a wealth of information for parents, teachers and students. The areas included are; techniques, lessons (for parents and teachers), dream makers, products, forums, and contests. The "Dream Maker" program is a year long theme program for grades k-6. There is a nominal charge for the teacher's guide. An excellent site! This site is maintained by the Crayola Company.

tag(s): drawing (78)

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This website is perfect for teachers in need of holiday crafts. Under "Arts and Crafts" there is a section that lists holidays, and provides a wealth of information under each one. Pick a project, and share it on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Students will love the examples provided, and keeping the directions up will solve a lot of time for the teacher. Include this site on your teacher web page to allow parents to access, as there are a lot of activities that could also be done at home!
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