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Introduction To Symmetry For Primary Students - Varnelle Moore

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K to 3
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This unique unit includes five lesson plans all aligned to the NCTM Standards. These five lessons are all designed to guide students through an introduction to symmetry using a ...more
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This unique unit includes five lesson plans all aligned to the NCTM Standards. These five lessons are all designed to guide students through an introduction to symmetry using a puzzle set of seven geometric shapes called Tangrams. All lessons incorporate technology and have literature connections.

tag(s): symmetry (55), tangrams (14)

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Once the students learn how to use the interactive tangrams, you might have a hard time getting them to go out to recess! Share hte link on your teacher web page.

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The Cultures and History of America - Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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This site accompanies an exhibition of 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and ojects focused on the early Americas from the time of the indigenous people of Mexico,...more
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This site accompanies an exhibition of 4,000 rare books, maps, documents, paintings, prints, and ojects focused on the early Americas from the time of the indigenous people of Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean through the period of European contact, exploration, and settlement. The site showcases two interactive artifacts: A 3-D view of the Tortuguero box, a seventh-century Mayan object, and a seventeenth-century book, The Buccaneers of America. The book features a page-by-page examination of the book along with written and audio translations of its contents. There is a nice picture gallery of other exhibits and a comprehensive bibliography.This site provides some nice visuals for a unit on indiginous peoples of the Americas. The picture gallery has some lovely maps from the Francis Drake expedition, and the information about buccaneers would provide a nice balance to the "Pirates of the Carribean" fantasy depiction of pirates. Some of the interactive features require FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): aztecs (8), explorers (61), mayans (12), spanish (108)

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Use portions of this site on a projector in class or spend a day on a "web hunt" with students answering questions you give them to find within the site. There is plenty to explore.
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Art 21: Art in the Twenty-First Century - PBS

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9 to 12
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See eighteen featured, twenty-first century artists and their work in slideshows and over 200 streaming video clips that accompany the third season of this PBS series. The artists speak...more
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See eighteen featured, twenty-first century artists and their work in slideshows and over 200 streaming video clips that accompany the third season of this PBS series. The artists speak quite articulately about their creative process and messages they wish to convey. The site is highly interactive and includes links to multiple subject areas. Educators from social studies and language arts helped to correlate to standards across disciplines, create lesson plans, and generate a teaching guide for the series.

tag(s): artists (75), creativity (109)

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Explore the lesson plans or make the site a link from your teacher web page for your art students to explore for inspiration. May of the video clips would also be great introductions to studio assignments, cultural discussions, or writing assignments if shown on a projector. Requires Quicktime!
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Weaving Art Museum

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6 to 12
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See annotated details of ancient and more recent weavings from many cultures using the interactive "exhibits" of the museum. See work from Egypt, Kashmir, Persia, and many more. Decode...more
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See annotated details of ancient and more recent weavings from many cultures using the interactive "exhibits" of the museum. See work from Egypt, Kashmir, Persia, and many more. Decode some of the iconography in Asian carpets. Some exhibits are text-heavy, while others offer many plates and details for your art students to study and use as references. World cultures classes will be able to envision ancient times by looking at the beautiful images on this site.

tag(s): archeology (32)

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Include this on your classroom computer Favorites when students are beginning a weaving or printmaking unit so they can find inspiration in the graphical patterns and story-telling elements. This would also be a great way to introduce a weaving unit or a unit on ancient Asian civilizations on a projector.

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The Cave of Lascaux - France Ministry of Culture and Communication

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4 to 12
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Take virtual tour of the famous cave paintings of Lascaux in France, read about their discovery, learn to interpret the drawings, and find out fragile environment of the caves. ...more
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Take virtual tour of the famous cave paintings of Lascaux in France, read about their discovery, learn to interpret the drawings, and find out fragile environment of the caves. The site itself is beautiful to explore, letting you experience the caves with a virtual "flashlight" as you enter.

tag(s): archeology (32), painting (66)

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Use a projector to introduce the site, if you must, but allow your students to navigate this one alone or with a partner. The thrill of discovery through the site's design is more than worth any management challenges. Give the students a specific set of questions to answer and things to find, if you are concerned that they may not stay on task. Compare these primitive drawings to those found in other cultures and continents as you discuss common themes in religion and mythology.

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Gridcosm - SITO

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6 to 12
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Create and collaborate with artists around the web using this online image montage and poetry tool. Each image is an ongoing compilation of other images, arranged in a grid. Add ...more
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Create and collaborate with artists around the web using this online image montage and poetry tool. Each image is an ongoing compilation of other images, arranged in a grid. Add your own images and poetry or simply browse those made by others. Contributors join for free. The images often have surreal appearances and more avant-garde poetry. This site could be a dicussion starter in an art or creative writing class or a study in the diverse uses of web 2.0 collaboration in a computer class.

tag(s): poetry (228)

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Share selected images on a projector as writing prompts or to open a "what is art" discussion. You could also use the images simply as examples of montages before a hands-on project, though this approach misses the clickable depths of each image. Teachers should be aware that this site does not limit image content, so some nudity may occasionally appear in the images. Check you art program's guidleines for such images and/or maintain teacher control over which ones are shown in class, if this will be a problem in your shcool.

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Alexander Palace Time Machine - Bob Atchison

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6 to 12
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The tragic story of the lost princess Anastasia is often of interest to students and can serve as an introduction to the story of the Russian Revolution. The Alexander Palace ...more
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The tragic story of the lost princess Anastasia is often of interest to students and can serve as an introduction to the story of the Russian Revolution. The Alexander Palace site certainly illustrates the extreme wealth and extravagance of the Romanov court and how this brought about the Russian Revolution and the rise of communism. This site includes everything: diaries and letters, photographs of the palace pets, and information about the life of Tsar Alexander, the last tsar of Russia. Although the level of detail would be very useful for someone doing research into Russian history, the chief benefit of this site for classroom teachers is its photographs of the palace and its treasures. There are photo tours of the palace and each of its rooms. Of particular interest are zoom-able photos of eleven jeweled and decorated Faberge eggs. The site would also be useful for art teachers in illustrating the craftsmanship and beauty of the Faberge eggs, perhaps before asking students to design their own. This site requires FLASH. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.

tag(s): eggs (6), evolution (100), russia (38), russian (26)

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Send your students on a tour, looking for evidence to support a poitn of view about tsarist Russia. Or try a scavenger hunt where students find answers to specific questions. Even simpler, use a projector to give a "tour" as the opening activity of your unit, then have students revisit the site in individual computers later on in the unit for specific research.
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Art of the Explosion - Kennedy Center

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9 to 12
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Fireworks as art? Anyone who has watched a fireworks display knows that there's art involved. This lesson shows the considerations of one artist in designing and producing a fireworks...more
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Fireworks as art? Anyone who has watched a fireworks display knows that there's art involved. This lesson shows the considerations of one artist in designing and producing a fireworks display in Washington, DC. The end result is well worth it.

tag(s): fire (25), light (46)

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Lessons from - PBS/KCET

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6 to 12
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This is the starting page for a collection of five lesson plans to accompany the series "How Art Made the World." The programs and lessons examine the use of art ...more
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This is the starting page for a collection of five lesson plans to accompany the series "How Art Made the World." The programs and lessons examine the use of art to communicate - whether about religion, politics, even advertising - as societies and cultures have developed. Each lesson includes web links to examples, but surprisingly, the site itself lacks much of the visual impact one might expect to find.

tag(s): images (266), propaganda (12)

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These lessons would be great interdisciplinary "idea banks" for classes in art, world cultures, or government.
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First American Art - Smithsonian

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9 to 12
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This newly released site includes scores of examples of Native American art from a wide variety of tribes and periods. Organized into general themes, there's not a lot of description...more
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This newly released site includes scores of examples of Native American art from a wide variety of tribes and periods. Organized into general themes, there's not a lot of description of each item beyond the time and place of its creation. As a whole, however, the site shows a marvelous overview of the ways in which Native Americans integrated their art with their lives

tag(s): clothing (9), crafts (41)

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on on Native American culture. Separate students into cooperative learning groups, allowing them to explore the site on classroom computers. Based on what they have observed in the site, have students summarize their findings in a presentation format. Have students create a multimedia presentation using UtellStory, reviewed here. This site allows users to narrate a picture. Challenge students to find a photo (legally permitted to be reproduced), and then narrate the photo of some aspect of Native American art as if it is a news report. To find Creative Commons images for student projects (with credit, of course), try Compfight, reviewed here.
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Make Your Own Kaleidoscope - KrazyDad

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2 to 5
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This is just too clever to pass by! Have fun creating your own virtual kaleidoscope by tossing the URL from any online image into the form, moving it around, and ...more
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This is just too clever to pass by! Have fun creating your own virtual kaleidoscope by tossing the URL from any online image into the form, moving it around, and seeing just what you get! So what's the educational purpose? Students can practice the procedure of copying and pasting a Web site address. In addition, you can point your students to online images that relate to curriculum topics.

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Bodies in Motion - Kennedy Center

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10 to 12
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Artists through the centuries have endeavored to effectively capture the human body in motion. This site investigates the technical and creative developments - from the art of the Hellenistic...more
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Artists through the centuries have endeavored to effectively capture the human body in motion. This site investigates the technical and creative developments - from the art of the Hellenistic Greeks to that of the Modern era - that contributed to realistic portrayal of human movement. Students can independently view a variety of art works - paintings, sculptures, and photographs - and discover specific techniques used by artists to accomplish this goal. Factual information detailing artistic development is provided along with options to investigate more deeply and compare/contrast works over time. The sculptures presented on this site are anatomically realistic, so preview first and determine the appropriateness for classroom use based on your school's specific culture.

tag(s): human body (121), motion (59)

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Playing with Shadows - Kennedy Center

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4 to 6
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Introduce your students to the ancient Chinese art of shadow puppetry with this delightful and interactive site. In addition to revealing the basic mechanics of the art, this resource...more
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Introduce your students to the ancient Chinese art of shadow puppetry with this delightful and interactive site. In addition to revealing the basic mechanics of the art, this resource provides historical background, descriptions of traditional stories and characters used in shadow puppetry, and videos of actual shows performed by the Shaanxi Folk Art Theater - a renowned Chinese puppetry troupe. After observing the step-by-step process of puppet and stage creation, visitors can construct virtual puppets and create their own shows.

tag(s): cultures (105)

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This site might provide some inspiration for a very different kind of multicultural class project. Create your own shadow puppets from straws, tape, paper fasteners, and scissors; then add a simple cotton screen and light source. Instructions and illustrations are provided.
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Pigments Through the Ages - Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement

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10 to 12
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This site traces the origins of paints and pigments used by artists from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Serious art students will enjoy exploring the "paintings" link that offers...more
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This site traces the origins of paints and pigments used by artists from prehistoric times to the 20th century. Serious art students will enjoy exploring the "paintings" link that offers a detailed, illustrated description of the process of oil painting during the Renaissance. An interesting resource for an art history class.

tag(s): art history (70), painting (66)

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DADA - National Gallery of Art

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9 to 12
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This online exhibition of Dadaist art provides an outstanding overview of the content and techniques used by these artists to express their strong reactions to the violence and trauma...more
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This online exhibition of Dadaist art provides an outstanding overview of the content and techniques used by these artists to express their strong reactions to the violence and trauma of World War I. A variety of artists (Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Hans Arp) and genre (collage, sound poems, papier-m,ch?) are represented, along with reflections on the influence these revolutionaries had on future avant-garde movements.

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Contemporary Voices - Museum of Modern Art

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9 to 12
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This companion site to an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art features paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs created during the mid to late 20th century. Organized around...more
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This companion site to an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art features paintings, drawings, sculptures, and photographs created during the mid to late 20th century. Organized around a dynamic concept map, the exhibit gives visitors multiple ways to experience the represented pieces. Browse by medium, artist, or time period. The site is entirely done in Flash, so make sure oyu have this plug-in. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page

tag(s): 20th century (51)

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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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1 to 12
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and...more
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This impressive collection of thousands of copyright-friendly images - graciously donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers - is a wonderful resource for teachers and student needing good quality, educational photos for projects and presentations. Browse by topic or use the site's search feature. Includes a nice collection of related lesson plans, organized by subject.

tag(s): air (163), images (266)

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Off the Map - Interactive Knowledge, Inc.

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4 to 12
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Explore some amazing sights created by "backyard" artists from around the world. These inventive individuals - with little or no formal training - have fashioned unique masterpieces...more
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Explore some amazing sights created by "backyard" artists from around the world. These inventive individuals - with little or no formal training - have fashioned unique masterpieces that reflect their personal visions. After taking an interactive tour through these creative environments, students can click on the "Create Your Own" link to produce a paradise of their own from more than 150 virtual objects. Completed works can be emailed or submitted to the "Off the Map" online gallery. Check out the "For the Classroom" link for a selection of related activities organized by grade level.

tag(s): environment (317)

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Perhaps you have a courtyard or other area around your school and community that could use a facelift. This site might just provide some ideas for involving students in a real-life creative adventure.
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Games Gallery

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6 to 8
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Quick thinking and nimble fingers are needed in these fast-paced, off-beat, art-based games. Enter the gallery, read the brief instructions, and prepare to play. Each game is different,...more
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Quick thinking and nimble fingers are needed in these fast-paced, off-beat, art-based games. Enter the gallery, read the brief instructions, and prepare to play. Each game is different, and the longer you play, the tougher they become! Color mixing, sculpture, spatial representation, and sequencing are among the content areas addressed.

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Mind of Leonardo - Institute and Museum of the History of Science

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9 to 12
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This companion site to a museum exhibit in Florence, Italy, draws visitors into da Vinci's fascinating thought-processes that established a connection between laws of nature and principles...more
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This companion site to a museum exhibit in Florence, Italy, draws visitors into da Vinci's fascinating thought-processes that established a connection between laws of nature and principles of art. Filled with images of the master's sketches and paintings, accompanying commentary, and video, the site provides an intriguing glimpse into the art-science theme that dominated so many of his works.

tag(s): inventors and inventions (101), leonardo davinci (4), renaissance (34)

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This site is a great find for both history and art history teachers! In either course, use the information and images on this site to help introduce the famous Leonardo. This site has a ton of information for students working on research projects or papers, be sure to add it to your class wiki or web page to allow them to access it both in and out of the classroom.

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