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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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Michelangelo

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6 to 12
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This is an elegantly designed history of Michelangelo created by a web design firm by the same name. The presentation and content are both top-notch, making this one well worth ...more
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This is an elegantly designed history of Michelangelo created by a web design firm by the same name. The presentation and content are both top-notch, making this one well worth a visit if you're studying Italian Renaissance art.

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

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of the Italian Renaissance. This site offers biographical information about Michelangelo, in addition to images of some of his work. Share this site on the interactive whiteboard or projector to show students some of the images created by the artist. Within the teacher resources page there is a search option that allows you to search their resources for specific words and phrases. This would be a great tool for students working on research projects or papers as the results will be similar to a google search, without the junk. For this use, save the site as a favorite on your teacher web page or wiki to allow students to access it in and out of the classroom.

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Mary Cassatt, The Web Museum of Paris - University of N. Carolina

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7 to 12
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Pioch provides information and images of Cassatt's work and her 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 Cassatt's work and her 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 her work.

tag(s): painting (66)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, afterward allowing students to access it in cooperative learning groups. Have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Padlet (reviewed here). Posters can be easily printed out and hung for display around the classroom! Use this site for any unit on impressionism, art history, or the importance of Paris on art in the 19th century.

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Japan - Images of a People - Smithsonian Institution

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6 to 12
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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, offers a complete introduction to Japan and its arts, including discussion ideas and lesson activities. All materials...more
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This site, from the Smithsonian Institution's "Art to Zoo" series, offers a complete introduction to Japan and its arts, including discussion ideas and lesson activities. All materials are available as downloadable Adobe Acrobat PDF files, so you can print out the entire unit. (A color printer works best, of course.) You can download the Adobe Acrobat reader from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

tag(s): japan (61), japanese (43)

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Take advantage of the free lesson plans that are offered on this website, as they come with pages of vocab, student work, discussion questions, and closing questions. In a unit about early Japanese history, share the "color inserts" on an interactive whiteboard or projector, to show students the cultural history. These images would be a great introduction into a discussion on arts reflection of society, Confucianism, Taoism, and the symbolism of Japanese Calligraphy.

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Impressionism

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6 to 12
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Here's an art site that combines excellent images with well-developed instruction. The approach used by this shockwave-enhanced site is engaging enough for younger students, yet includes...more
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Here's an art site that combines excellent images with well-developed instruction. The approach used by this shockwave-enhanced site is engaging enough for younger students, yet includes enough detail and information for more serious, older art students. The comparisons between impressionist and classical technical styles are particularly interesting.

tag(s): france (40), french (89)

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Guggenheim Museums

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9 to 12
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This site is the home page for the Guggenheim Museums. Macromedia "Flash 3.0" needed the download the collections. This site is well done and worthy of a visit by serious ...more
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This site is the home page for the Guggenheim Museums. Macromedia "Flash 3.0" needed the download the collections. This site is well done and worthy of a visit by serious Art students and teachers. Site developed by the Guggenheim Foundation.

tag(s): museums (50)

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Great Buildings Online

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9 to 12
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This site offers historical, architectural, and design information for dozens of buildings throughout the world. Users can also download software to view three-dimensional models of...more
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This site offers historical, architectural, and design information for dozens of buildings throughout the world. Users can also download software to view three-dimensional models of many of the buildings. Useful site for studying the evolution of construction from the middle ages onward.

tag(s): architecture (84)

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Edgar Degas, The Web Museum of Paris - University of N. Carolina

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Pioch provides information and images of Degas' 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 Degas' 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): france (40), french (89)

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Use this site on a projector or interactive whiteboard to discuss and informally assess prior knowledge as you start your study of impressionism. Save the site on the classroom computers, and have students look at in cooperative learning groups. An excellent project would be to have students create online posters on paper or do it together as a class using a tool such as Padlet (reviewed here).

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Birch Tree Art Gallery..Russian

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9 to 12
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The Birch Tree Art Gallery is a unique specialist in Russian Impressionist Art. It;s innovative, interactive on-line exhibits are exciting. This Virginia Gallery is one of the few in...more
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The Birch Tree Art Gallery is a unique specialist in Russian Impressionist Art. It;s innovative, interactive on-line exhibits are exciting. This Virginia Gallery is one of the few in the United States devoted to Russian Impressionist Art. An interesting site for teachers and students of Russian Art. Site is maintained by Birch Tree Art Gallery.

tag(s): russia (38), russian (28)

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Baroque Art & Architecture - National Gallery of Art

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6 to 12
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This site - Triumph of the Baroque - is designed to accompany the National Gallery of Art's exhibition by the same name. The site covers a number of aspects of ...more
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This site - Triumph of the Baroque - is designed to accompany the National Gallery of Art's exhibition by the same name. The site covers a number of aspects of baroque artistic style, providing a working example for each section. This makes it a nice art history teaching tool for either individual use, teacher reference, or group presentation.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on the Baroque period. To assess what students are learning from the site,have students use a tool such as Woices (beta) (reviewed here). This site allows students to create audio recordings AND choose a location (on a map) where the story takes place. This allows students to connect the events of this era of the Renaissance to a geographic location. This would be a useful resource in an Art history or World History classroom.

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Asian Art

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9 to 12
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This on-line journal is dedicated to the study and exhibition of Asian Art. There are links to Asian Art Associations, Exhibitions, articles and Galleries featuring Asian Art. This...more
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This on-line journal is dedicated to the study and exhibition of Asian Art. There are links to Asian Art Associations, Exhibitions, articles and Galleries featuring Asian Art. This is an excellent resource for the teacher or student of Asian Art. (A NetGuide Platinum Site)

tag(s): asia (72)

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The Art of Tibet

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6 to 12
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This is a beautifully-designed on-line exhibition which shows Tibetan artistic and cultural items in stunning detail. The narrative explains the significance of the items in Tibetan...more
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This is a beautifully-designed on-line exhibition which shows Tibetan artistic and cultural items in stunning detail. The narrative explains the significance of the items in Tibetan culture while explaining some of this history of this ancient land. Suitable for inclusion in any survey of oriental or east Asian art and culture.

tag(s): china (67), india (36)

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Use this site as a resource for a picture-walk in your classroom during a lesson on early Himalayan/Indian Culture. Select 10-15 of the most striking images of this site, print, and hang around the classroom at designated areas. Have students rotate between pictures, every 30-45 seconds, jotting down what they observe and infer. This activity works best if the images selected reflect different aspects of the culture - from agriculture, class-systems, economy, etc. If looking for a graphic organizer to structure the notes more, we recommend using Graphic Organizer Maker, (reviewed here).

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Art History Resources

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9 to 12
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The art history resources index page will lead you to thousands of historically oriented resources. This site includes links to visual arts, performing arts, antiques, literature, architecture,...more
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The art history resources index page will lead you to thousands of historically oriented resources. This site includes links to visual arts, performing arts, antiques, literature, architecture, and film. An Arts Search engine is also included in the site. The student or teacher of Art History would find this site invaluable.

tag(s): art history (72)

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What is great about this site is that all artists are first organized by popular movement/time period, and then ABC order. Use this site to show specific examples of work done by an artist one is studying in the classroom. For history teachers, this would be a good site to show how art reflects society. Select an art source that originates from the time period you are studying in class. Share the image with students on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and debate what you can learn from society based on this picture. For example, the image "Napoleon Bonaparte Visiting the Plague-Stricken in Jaffa" by Antoine-Jean Gros. From that image you can pull out that there was a plague, the differences in class, and the impact of war on French society. While it might sound lofty, the right image can show these kind of details and can show the broadened definition of what can constitute as a primary or secondary source.

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Art History Network

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The Art History Network is a resource for Art History, Archaeology, and Architecture resources on the web. The Art and Historical Era section leads to links of various art history ...more
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The Art History Network is a resource for Art History, Archaeology, and Architecture resources on the web. The Art and Historical Era section leads to links of various art history eras from Ancient Art to Modern. Each link leads to more links on that particular era including references, magazine/journals, discussions groups, organizations, and jobs. The Artists section and the Civilization sections work similarly. This site is maintained by the Art History Network.

tag(s): archeology (32), architecture (84), art history (72)

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This site is of great value to the Art Historian, Social Studies teacher and Art Educator.

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ArtLex

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6 to 12
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Here's a no-holds-barred dictionary of art terms and information. Beginners will find the basics; serious students and art history buffs will find additional people, terms, and information....more
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Here's a no-holds-barred dictionary of art terms and information. Beginners will find the basics; serious students and art history buffs will find additional people, terms, and information. If you need an art definition, this is the place to look.

tag(s): dictionaries (57)

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Save this site as a favorite on your teacher webpage for students to use as a review when needed. Students can refresh on terms before a test OR to begin an arthistory class, use this site as a way to quickly get students up to speed with the vernacular.

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Artchive

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7 to 12
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This smartly designed site offers an expanding collection of digital art images, as well as a half dozen different "exhibitions" and sections dealing with other art and design issues....more
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This smartly designed site offers an expanding collection of digital art images, as well as a half dozen different "exhibitions" and sections dealing with other art and design issues.

tag(s): images (276)

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Good information for teacher use, and also as an idea starter for students.

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Art and Culture

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6 to 12
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Here's a nice resource for retrieving short bios and explanations of people and events in the history of art, music, and other cultural disciplines. While the write-ups aren't remarkable,...more
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Here's a nice resource for retrieving short bios and explanations of people and events in the history of art, music, and other cultural disciplines. While the write-ups aren't remarkable, the use of time lines and other graphical devices helps users understand the relationship of the selection to other events and issues. You'll need the Macromedia Flash/Shockwave player, available from the TeachersFirst Toolbox.

tag(s): biographies (88), news (265)

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While the information is not exactly encyclopedia worthy, this site is an interesting way to connect cultural figures together. Use this site as a way to get students interested to continue further research on cultural figures. Provide the site as a resource for any one working on a research project.

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African Art: Aesthetics and Meaning

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10 to 12
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This site is maintained by the University of Virginia and is appropriate for high school and AP students. It shows unique exhibits with explanations of the pieces shown. The explanations...more
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This site is maintained by the University of Virginia and is appropriate for high school and AP students. It shows unique exhibits with explanations of the pieces shown. The explanations are clear and would be helpful to even the 'not so introspective' student.

tag(s): africa (178)

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A teacher could quickly and easily retrieve African American art examples from this site which could be incorporated in Social Science, Art or History classes. Especially useful in multicultural studies.

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Van Gogh at the National Gallery - National Gallery of Art

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6 to 12
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This is the web site for the recent Van Gogh exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. The "images" section provides both descriptions and pictures of the paintings ...more
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This is the web site for the recent Van Gogh exhibit at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC. The "images" section provides both descriptions and pictures of the paintings in the exhibition. Click on the paintings for a look at the details of Van Gogh's famous brush stroke technique - the sort of detail you don't usually see on the Web.

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Pottery from Mexico's Oaxaca Regions

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6 to 12
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This visually impressive site describes the artistic skills which have been used for centuries to make pottery in the Oaxaca region of southern Mexico. There are design examples, lots...more
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This visually impressive site describes the artistic skills which have been used for centuries to make pottery in the Oaxaca region of southern Mexico. There are design examples, lots of pictures, and other information. Privately produced.

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