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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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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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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 (225)

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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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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 (102), russia (38), russian (27)

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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 (26), light (49)

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Lessons from - PBS/KCET

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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 (274), 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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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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Bodies in Motion - Kennedy Center

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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 (125), motion (62)

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Pigments Through the Ages - Institute for Dynamic Educational Advancement

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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 (72), 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

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Pics4Learning - Tech4Learning

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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 (274)

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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 (320)

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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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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 (96), leonardo davinci (4), renaissance (35)

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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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Red Studio Activities - Museum of Modern Art

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8 to 12
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Art students can experiment with a variety of techniques used by today's modern artists with this pair of creative challenges that emphasize out-of-the-box thinking. The first interactive...more
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Art students can experiment with a variety of techniques used by today's modern artists with this pair of creative challenges that emphasize out-of-the-box thinking. The first interactive activity requires students to create a collage using a palette of photographs, simple shapes, lines, and sizing tools. Next, students can design a room using a variety of tools for generating walls, flooring, background, and furniture.

tag(s): art history (72)

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Printed Image in the West - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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10 to 12
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Printmaking, a process that predates the invention of movable type, was responsible for moving art beyond the walls of churches and palaces and into the hands of the masses. Trace ...more
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Printmaking, a process that predates the invention of movable type, was responsible for moving art beyond the walls of churches and palaces and into the hands of the masses. Trace the history and techniques of the printed image with this highly visual site that examines early examples of woodcuts, engravings, etchings, lithography, and more.

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Evolution of the Medieval Book - Cornell University Library

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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human...more
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It may be a weighty title, but this user-friendly site provides a fascinating glimpse of how the development of moveable type during the Middle Ages completely revolutionized human communication, transforming Europe and, eventually, the entire world. From the earliest manuscripts and prayer books, to the very first books printed with Gutenberg's metal type, students can gain an understanding of how the metamorphosis of the written word affected human society. Includes images of manuscripts, bindings, and illustrations, along with descriptive commentary.

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Although this site lends itself to a study of influences that affected European history during the Middle Ages, art students can explore the illuminations and letterforms that appear on the pages of these early manuscripts and books as part of a study of printmaking techniques.

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School of Visual Arts

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More than just an informational page for prospective students of the New York-based fine arts school, this site presents some outstanding original artwork from undergraduate and graduate...more
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More than just an informational page for prospective students of the New York-based fine arts school, this site presents some outstanding original artwork from undergraduate and graduate students, representing multiple genres - photography, illustration, graphic design, computer art, and more. Use the navigational arrows to page through the selections or click on one to view full-frame. Created by Visual Arts Press, Ltd.

tag(s): artists (76)

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This is a wonderful resource for exploring what young artists are producing in a variety of media. Offerings are provocative and thought-provoking, so you may wish to project and use the examples as a basis for class discussion and critical analysis.
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Henri Matisse: The Fauves - National Gallery of Art

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Take a virtual tour through this online gallery of Henri Matisse's paintings. Images are accompanied by background information and critical analysis of the artist's "fauve" style of...more
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Take a virtual tour through this online gallery of Henri Matisse's paintings. Images are accompanied by background information and critical analysis of the artist's "fauve" style of primitive brushwork. Works of other fauve artists and those who most influenced them (Seurat, Gauguin, Van Gogh) are also included.

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Cezanne in Provence - National Gallery of Art

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9 to 12
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This companion site to an international exhibition marking the centenary of C?zanne's death, focuses on the landscape of Aix-en-Provence - a region that profoundly influenced his artwork....more
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This companion site to an international exhibition marking the centenary of C?zanne's death, focuses on the landscape of Aix-en-Provence - a region that profoundly influenced his artwork. The true gem of the site is an exhibition tour with audio that is worth taking. Visitors can view and interact with dozens of his paintings while listening to expert commentary. Other features include a chronology of his work, an interactive image list, and a map illustrating the locations around Aix where C?zanne completed specific works.

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