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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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1 to 12
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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 (41)

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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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Color Theory

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6 to 12
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This is a nicely constructed site offering lots of examples of color theory and how artists have selected and used colors in their work. The site includes ideas for assignments ...more
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This is a nicely constructed site offering lots of examples of color theory and how artists have selected and used colors in their work. The site includes ideas for assignments and links to a number of other related resources.

tag(s): colors (80)

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The Visual Blues of Jacobs Lawrence, Aaron Douglas and Romare Bearden - Yale University

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7 to 12
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Explore the influence of the Harlem Renaissance on the work of three visual artists who show us a "visual Blues of the African American people." ...more
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Explore the influence of the Harlem Renaissance on the work of three visual artists who show us a "visual Blues of the African American people."

tag(s): blues (19), harlem (9)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans and classroom activities on this site! This site would be great during a unit on the Harlem Renaissance.

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Visual Blues- On the Move: Visual Art Syntheses of the Blues Impulse - Yale University

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6 to 12
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This unit brings the blues to life as students experience the blues as both creators and observers of visual blues art. ...more
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This unit brings the blues to life as students experience the blues as both creators and observers of visual blues art.

tag(s): blues (19)

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Nippon in the World

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9 to 12
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This Japanese site offers a collection of classical Japanese artwork, suitable for study as part of an exposure to Japanese history. The interface isn't the greatest, and the images...more
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This Japanese site offers a collection of classical Japanese artwork, suitable for study as part of an exposure to Japanese history. The interface isn't the greatest, and the images contain watermarks, but the site works fine as an example of the unique nature of Japanese artistic representations.

tag(s): japan (61)

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Use these images in a picture walk around the classroom to introduce or review a unit on some aspect of Japanese culture. Select 10-15 images to be hung around the classroom, with students rotating between them every 30-60 seconds. Have students fill out quickly what they observe and infer about each image, with the intentions of connecting each image to an essential understanding about Japanese culture. For help creating easy and quick graphic organizers for the activity, we recommend a site such as Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Egyptian Art & Archaeology

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7 to 12
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tag(s): egypt (70)

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Use the images in the exhibit for a visual discovery activity. Select 3-4 images, placing them on a slide-show presentation. Have students take notes on each of the images, noting what they observe, infer and predict about each one. After the presentation, have a class discussion based around student notes. This would be great review activity before an assessment, allowing students to apply the knowledge just learned. This would be a great resource for a world history classroom.

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Bitstreams - Whitney Museum

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9 to 12
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This is an on-line catalog for the Whitney Musem's exhibition of the same name - a presentation on electronic music and arts. Navigating the Flash site takes some experimenting, which...more
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This is an on-line catalog for the Whitney Musem's exhibition of the same name - a presentation on electronic music and arts. Navigating the Flash site takes some experimenting, which we suspect was intentional. Fans of comtemporary electronic music will find the sound clips from the various artists worth auditioning. If you have students working in this medium, send them here.

tag(s): museums (50)

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Save the work of Frank Lloyd Wright

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9 to 12
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Did you know that one if every five buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been destroyed? This site is sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, which is ...more
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Did you know that one if every five buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright has been destroyed? This site is sponsored by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving the buildings he designed. There is a comprehensive gallery of images of his buildings, which take time to download, as well as ideas for how to take action to save the buildings that remain. While this site is commercial, it is a great way to get students involved in action projects.

tag(s): architecture (84)

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Use this site as a resource for anyone doing a research project on Frank Lloyd Wright. The content concerning saving his buildings may not be necessary, but the background they provide on the architect is of great quality. Include this site on any handouts or class wikis concerning research resources.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Quotations - Privately Published

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9 to 12
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"Truth Against the World" is just one of many quotes by one of this century's leading architects. In this site, you'll find Wright's words on life, architecture, cities, television,...more
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"Truth Against the World" is just one of many quotes by one of this century's leading architects. In this site, you'll find Wright's words on life, architecture, cities, television, god and nature, and even a quote on Marilyn Monroe. Any one of these quotes could be used as a springboard for expository theme writing.

tag(s): architecture (84)

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Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin

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This site is presented by Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program. You'll find guides of Wright';s work throughout Wisconsin including photographs of the buildings, maps...more
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This site is presented by Frank Lloyd Wright Wisconsin Heritage Tourism Program. You'll find guides of Wright';s work throughout Wisconsin including photographs of the buildings, maps which show how to find them, and, if you're ever in Wisconsin, numbers to call for a tour. Use this site to compare works done in Wisconsin, such as the SC Johnson Wax Administration Building in Racine, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Milwaukee, and the Unitarian Meeting House in Madison with other buildings by Wright.

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Walk Through the World of Frank Lloyd Wright

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Take a walking tour, sponsored by the Oak Park Visitor's Bureau, through the streets of Oak Park and River Forest and view some of Wright's major architectural achievements. Just as...more
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Take a walking tour, sponsored by the Oak Park Visitor's Bureau, through the streets of Oak Park and River Forest and view some of Wright's major architectural achievements. Just as though you were on the real walking tour, you can simply click on the names of the buildings to read about these historic sites.

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Diego Rivera Murals

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6 to 12
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This site documents a Diego Rivera mural created in San Francisco in 1940 for an exposition there. The site includes both overviews of the mural panels as well as sections ...more
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This site documents a Diego Rivera mural created in San Francisco in 1940 for an exposition there. The site includes both overviews of the mural panels as well as sections showing highly detailed segments of the artwork. An interesting presentation of this resource.

tag(s): painting (66)

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The Rembrandt House Museum

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9 to 12
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This is an elegant Dutch site which offers a topic-by topic tour of the Rembrandt House Museum, complete with pictures and detailed explanations. ...more
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This is an elegant Dutch site which offers a topic-by topic tour of the Rembrandt House Museum, complete with pictures and detailed explanations.

tag(s): painting (66)

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

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4 to 12
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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 (72)

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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 National Endowment for the Arts

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In interesting site which includes Hypernarrative on the Web, a new form of writing, with examples. There is also a link to the NEA Gallery online and archives (teacher or ...more
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In interesting site which includes Hypernarrative on the Web, a new form of writing, with examples. There is also a link to the NEA Gallery online and archives (teacher or parent previewing recommended). The site also features two "artists of the month."

tag(s): descriptive writing (42), museums (50)

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The Florence Art Guide

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4 to 12
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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.

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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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Paul Cezanne, The Web Museum of Paris

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7 to 12
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Pioch provides information and images of Cezanne's work and his place in art history, including a 2 page biography and over 12 images. The site also links to related artists ...more
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Pioch provides information and images of Cezanne's work and his place in art history, including a 2 page biography and over 12 images. The site also links to related artists to build a context for his work.

tag(s): painting (66)

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Michelangelo

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9 to 12
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This site provides over 20 enlargeable images of Michelangelo's works with small amounts of both English and Italian text. Useful for art history or image ideas in studio art. ...more
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This site provides over 20 enlargeable images of Michelangelo's works with small amounts of both English and Italian text. Useful for art history or image ideas in studio art.

tag(s): painting (66), sculpture (22)

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Use some of the images on this site to serve as a visual discovery activity during a unit on the Renaissance. Select 3-5 of the more powerful images, placing them on a PowerPoint slideshow. Displaying each image for about 1-2 minutes over the interactive whiteboard or projector, have students jotting down what they observe and infer about the Renaissance based on each individual image. (For help with a graphic organizer, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).) After the class has observed all of the images, have a class discussion tying in what students saw to the trends in art and culture that characterize the Renaissance. This is a refreshing non-lecture method in introducing students to the Renaissance in a World History classroom.

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