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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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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 (62), 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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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 (90)

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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 (90)

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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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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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The Art of Tibet

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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 (68), 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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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 (275)

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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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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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Representation in Art and Film: Identify and Stereotype - Yale University

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With an emphasis on the visual arts, age appropriate readings, informational videos, writing, and discussion, this unit examines how stereotypes are used to represent people and characters....more
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With an emphasis on the visual arts, age appropriate readings, informational videos, writing, and discussion, this unit examines how stereotypes are used to represent people and characters. While the African-American experience is the focus of this unit, the content can be easily adapted to address other cultural and gender-related stereotypes.

tag(s): cultures (107)

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Ethnic Art: African, Mexican and Caribbean Perspectives - Yale University

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7 to 8
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Use art as a springboard to an understanding of African American culture. After comparing and contrasting art forms from Mexican and Caribbean cultures, students are asked to respond...more
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Use art as a springboard to an understanding of African American culture. After comparing and contrasting art forms from Mexican and Caribbean cultures, students are asked to respond in writing using appropriate vocabulary and create original art works. This 8-10 week unit is designed for a middle school art class, meeting three times per week.

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Color Theory for Teachers

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Here's a well-illustrated, amply narrated explanation of how to introduce color theory into your art curriculum. This lesson uses easy-to-make foam core shapes to help students learn...more
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Here's a well-illustrated, amply narrated explanation of how to introduce color theory into your art curriculum. This lesson uses easy-to-make foam core shapes to help students learn how colors combine and interact with one another. Lots of photographs show how the lesson can work in the classroom. This one's complete enough that teachers who aren't art specialists could use it.

tag(s): colors (80)

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Van Gogh - Inside Art

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This is a web game for kids which explores Van Gogh's paintings and style, complete with examples and commentary. The structure of the site encourages students to understand both what...more
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This is a web game for kids which explores Van Gogh's paintings and style, complete with examples and commentary. The structure of the site encourages students to understand both what and why Van Gogh created his impressionist masterpieces. Great supplementary activity for an art class, or an independent exploration for the extra-curious.

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Van Gogh at the National Gallery - National Gallery of Art

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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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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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The Rodin Museum

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Here's a guide to the French museum housing many of Rodin's sculptures and other works of art. In addition to images, there are descriptions of how the artist worked and ...more
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Here's a guide to the French museum housing many of Rodin's sculptures and other works of art. In addition to images, there are descriptions of how the artist worked and his life history.

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The National Museum of American Art - Smithsonian Institution

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Home page for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art. ...more
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Home page for the Smithsonian's National Museum of American Art.

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The National Gallery - National Gallery of Art

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Home page for Washington's National Gallery of Art. The site includes a number of resources for parents, teachers and students. ...more
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Home page for Washington's National Gallery of Art. The site includes a number of resources for parents, teachers and students.

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The Museum of Modern Art

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Home page for New York's Museum of Modern Art - an outstanding resource for modern art collections. ...more
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Home page for New York's Museum of Modern Art - an outstanding resource for modern art collections.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Home page for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of America's largest collections ...more
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Home page for New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of America's largest collections

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