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Mary Cassatt

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6 to 12
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This site offers a generous helping of images of Mary Cassatt's late 19th century impressionist work. Cassatt was one of very few Americans to paint in the impressionist style, making...more
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This site offers a generous helping of images of Mary Cassatt's late 19th century impressionist work. Cassatt was one of very few Americans to paint in the impressionist style, making her even more interesting to American students. Large format images make this site especially useful as a teaching tool.

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Essential Vermeer

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This site offers a comprehensive look at the work and life of 17th century Dutch painter Jans Vermeer. It includes an extensive catalog with many full-color, large format images of...more
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This site offers a comprehensive look at the work and life of 17th century Dutch painter Jans Vermeer. It includes an extensive catalog with many full-color, large format images of his paintings. There are also sections on the painter's life, the various schools of Dutch art, and Vermeer's patrons. Great art history reference site!

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Photography from National Geographic - National Geographic

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2 to 12
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Photography can be both an art form and a form of scientific inquiry. Photos of People and Cultures can promote human understanding better than any written words. This site from ...more
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Photography can be both an art form and a form of scientific inquiry. Photos of People and Cultures can promote human understanding better than any written words. This site from National Geographic can serve both ends if used properly. Art teachers "focus" on tips and techniques and photography advice areas, while science/social studies teachers will easily locate a wide range of plant, animal, culture, and geography images. As always, the photos themselves are exquisite.

tag(s): animals (276), photography (160)

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Share a photo of the day as an activator at the start of a lesson on your projector or interactive whiteboard. Allow a student of the day to select his/her photo of the day as a class inspiration. Share a photo as a visual writing prompt. Use tools on your IWB to discover and reveal design elements in the photos in art class. Use selected collections on laptops with student partners (galleries) to provide a visual experience of a location or culture you are studying, asking students to observe for visual evidence of some of the major concepts you have discussed in class.
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Art of the Stamp - National Postal Museum

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Art and Social Studies teachers will find this collection of contemporary stamp artwork interesting both for its style and for the range of themes that have been incorporated into stamps....more
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Art and Social Studies teachers will find this collection of contemporary stamp artwork interesting both for its style and for the range of themes that have been incorporated into stamps. The oversize artwork helps illustrate the details in these images.

tag(s): africa (180), african american (113)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a lesson on the evolution of mail services in the US, and how services such as the pony express was affected by Westward expansion. Allow students to explore the site on classroom computers, using the stamp template as a formative assessment of their understanding. To make the stamp activity more content-based, have students design their stamps to reflect what they learned rather than allowing them to draw anything they can think of. History teachers will like this one!

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Images of Native Americans - UC Berkeley

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Of interest to teachers of social studies, American history, or art, this site from UC Berkeley samples over 400 years of artistic portrayals of Native Americans in a variety of ...more
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Of interest to teachers of social studies, American history, or art, this site from UC Berkeley samples over 400 years of artistic portrayals of Native Americans in a variety of settings. The site is notable both for the quality of the images but also for the contexts in which they are presented. Suitable for a wide age range, depending on the amount of guidance the classroom teacher provides.

tag(s): india (36), painting (66)

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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 Native American Culture. This site could be used to discuss Native American culture both pre-colonialism and during Westward Expansion. Have students research the site in order to better understand the way Indians have been depicted in modern culture rather than the reality. To show what they have learned from this site, challenge students to create an online graphic to share using Tabblo reviewed here.

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Smithsonian Education - Smithsonian

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Divided into resources for educators, parents, and students, this Smithsonian site has a wealth of information. ...more
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Divided into resources for educators, parents, and students, this Smithsonian site has a wealth of information.

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The lesson plans in the educator's section are sorted subject area and cover arts and design, language arts, history and culture, and science and technology. The site also has helpful hints for planning a field trip to the Smithsonian, as well as a searchable database that allows educators to browse the lesson plans in search of a particular subject.
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Eastman House -International Museum of Photography and Film

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This site highlights the offerings of the George Eastman House by providing information on each of the museum's resident and traveling exhibits, as well as information about George...more
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This site highlights the offerings of the George Eastman House by providing information on each of the museum's resident and traveling exhibits, as well as information about George Eastman, founder of the Eastman Kodak company, and his historic estate in Rochester, NY. There are even 360 degree cameras for viewing the rooms and gardens of the estate. The Education and Research section has video demonstrations of historical photographic processes, and each of the exhibit explanations provide useful information on the history of photography.

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Vatican Museums

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6 to 12
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This site brings the Vatican to you through interactive tours of the Sistine Chapel and other sections of the Vatican Museums. Students can browse the exhibits, and, in some cases,...more
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This site brings the Vatican to you through interactive tours of the Sistine Chapel and other sections of the Vatican Museums. Students can browse the exhibits, and, in some cases, view detailed versions of the paintings themselves. The Sistine Chapel section alone is worth a visit, both as a rich cultural resource, and as a fine arts resource.

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Illuminating the Renaissance - Getty Museum

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The Getty Museum has produced a fine site to accompany their exhibit of illuminated renaissance books, or "Flemish Manuscripts." Examine an online sampling of the paintings, or read...more
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The Getty Museum has produced a fine site to accompany their exhibit of illuminated renaissance books, or "Flemish Manuscripts." Examine an online sampling of the paintings, or read up on the background of the history of renaissance art as it can be found on the pages of these beautiful books.

tag(s): painting (66), renaissance (34)

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Share this site on an interactive whiteboard or projector, clicking on the section entitled "Zoom & Explore." Use this site as an activator or introduction to a unit on interpreting Renaissance Art. The site provides dialogue about the paintings origins in addition to allowing users to zoom in on selected parts to see the very fine details. Art history teachers will love this one!
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Archimedes' Laboratory Puzzles

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With puzzles to make, puzzles to solve, and optical illusions to observe, this interactive site puts brains and eyes to the test. The site also has a maze maker, math ...more
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With puzzles to make, puzzles to solve, and optical illusions to observe, this interactive site puts brains and eyes to the test. The site also has a maze maker, math games, word games, and tricks to perform. The "Puzzles to make" section has detailed directions and printable instructions for using these puzzles in the classroom.

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Degas and the Dance - Philadelphia Museum of Art

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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.

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Artcyclopedia: The Fine Art Search Engine

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This site provides good fine arts background material with museum listings, photographs of works, and articles for a number of artists. Teachers and students can search for information...more
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This site provides good fine arts background material with museum listings, photographs of works, and articles for a number of artists. Teachers and students can search for information by artist, painting title, and museum. The site also has a great comprehensive list of artistic movements with definitions and a list of participating artists.

tag(s): artists (75), drawing (78), museums (49), painting (66)

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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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AMU Cartoon Reprints

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This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It's a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor,...more
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This site is a searchable archive of cartoons (both comics and editorials) available ONLY FOR USE IN THE CLASSROOM. It's a wonderful source of discussion starters and topical humor, but please read the copyright information carefully. Government and social studies teachers will find the editorial collections particularly interesting.

tag(s): air (163), comics and cartoons (74)

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Use this site as a means to search for political cartoons or cartoons that reflect upon current political events. Showing the image on the interactive whiteboard, use them as a springboard to have a class discussion on where we get information and biases from in the media. What is it that these artists are trying to say? Is humor more effective in getting a point across than text? A very interesting resource for a US government class.

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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.

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Surrounded by Beauty - Minneapolis Institute of Art

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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)

In the Classroom

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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Modernism - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism ...more
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This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts is almost as good as a field trip. Stuffed with images, video clips, and text, it offers a presentation on Modernism that runs from the British arts and crafts movement in the 1880s through to American Art Deco of the 1940s. There are images, text, and video narration for each segment, providing a nice evolutionary tour. Use the pieces together or individually as supplemental material for art history, or as an adjunct to an American or European history class.

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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 modernism in the past two centuries. Use the site's images and virtual exhibits to showcase the movement being talked about to compliment your class lectures. Another useful item is that some of the exhibits have a quick video clip that can help introduce the idea to your class in a way that foreshadows the rest of your lecture. Make sure your technology allows for the videos to be seen and not just heard!
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Unified Vision - The Prairie School - Minneapolis Institute of the Arts

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It's an art and architectural style, not a school building. This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts offers a visual perspective on the art and architecture of Frank ...more
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It's an art and architectural style, not a school building. This site from the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts offers a visual perspective on the art and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, William Gray Purcell, and others. In addition to showing works of art, the site offers several interactive tours of Wright houses, many in the twin cities area. Art teachers will use this one as a great American design example.

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Chateau Versailles - Chateau Versailles

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6 to 12
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While most of this site deals with visiting Versailles, students will find sections dealing with the King's daily routine and the life of the French court in the 17th and ...more
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While most of this site deals with visiting Versailles, students will find sections dealing with the King's daily routine and the life of the French court in the 17th and 18th centuries. In addition, there are images of some of the more notable artwork, and of course, large sections available "seulement en Francais," which we hope will please the foreign language teachers. There's nothing like it elsewhere.

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