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Van Gogh Virtual Tour - National Gallery of Art

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6 to 12
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If you can't take your students to see Van Gogh's works in person, at least take them to the computer lab to stroll through the virtual halls of the National ...more
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If you can't take your students to see Van Gogh's works in person, at least take them to the computer lab to stroll through the virtual halls of the National Gallery. Visitors can navigate through the exhibit, zoom in on paintings of interest, and read and listen to learn more about them.

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Mondrimat - Stephen Linhart

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6 to 12
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Secondary students can use this interactive tool to experiment with the color, space, and visual rhythm characteristic of Piet Mondrian's work. Start with one solid block, then follow...more
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Secondary students can use this interactive tool to experiment with the color, space, and visual rhythm characteristic of Piet Mondrian's work. Start with one solid block, then follow basic instructions to create horizontal and vertical divisions. Each rectangle can be easily resized or re-colored. A few simple mouse clicks will yield impressive results.

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Powerful Days in Black and White - Kodak

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9 to 12
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This site brings the many faces and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement into focus with riveting images by photographer Charles Moore. These moving scenes of riots, segregation,...more
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This site brings the many faces and struggles of the Civil Rights Movement into focus with riveting images by photographer Charles Moore. These moving scenes of riots, segregation, and triumph will make an unforgettable impact on your students. Use to generate reactions and open discussion in a 20th century American history class.

tag(s): africa (179), african american (114), civil rights (119), photography (160)

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Take some of the more powerful images in this site and use it to create a visual discovery activity. Open the site on the interactive whiteboard or projector, and go through the images one at a time - giving enough time for students to analyze and interpret the images individually. Have students focus on observations, inferences and predictions they can make from the images. This activity works best if used with a graphic organizer.

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Bembo's Zoo

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9 to 12
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It seems so simple at first - an animated animal alphabet. But this flashy little site has much more to offer. Early elementary students can use it to learn the ...more
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It seems so simple at first - an animated animal alphabet. But this flashy little site has much more to offer. Early elementary students can use it to learn the alphabet, but creative, techno-loving secondary students will love trying to figure out exactly how this works. Challenge art students to create a work using only basic alphabet shapes. The possibilities are endless!

tag(s): design (83)

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Mirror Tool - NCTM

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8 to 10
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Use this interactive tool to help students understand reflection symmetry. After creating a figure, students can position a virtual mirror and observe the resulting reflection. Pair...more
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Use this interactive tool to help students understand reflection symmetry. After creating a figure, students can position a virtual mirror and observe the resulting reflection. Pair this with a lesson on properties of symmetry.

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Gilbert Stuart - Metropolitan Museum of Art

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5 to 12
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This online exhibit of paintings by 18th century American artist Gilbert Stuart offers a virtual gallery, a narrated and illustrated story about his life as (appropriate for upper elementary...more
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This online exhibit of paintings by 18th century American artist Gilbert Stuart offers a virtual gallery, a narrated and illustrated story about his life as (appropriate for upper elementary students), a timeline, and a collection of interactive activities.

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World Myths and Legends in Art - Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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9 to 12
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Explore how myths and legends have taken visual form in the works of artists with this online gallery of 26 masterpieces from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Apart from ...more
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Explore how myths and legends have taken visual form in the works of artists with this online gallery of 26 masterpieces from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Apart from the art, students can learn about what a myth actually is, and read about multicultural mythological themes. Includes a glossary, bibliography, and teaching materials.

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Use this site as a learning center or station during a unit on myths & legends. This would be a great introductory activity, as a lot of the content is defining and providing examples that differentiate the two. This would be a great resource for a Language Arts teacher.

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Van Gogh Museum

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9 to 12
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This page developed by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam offers some breathtaking features that will bring the artist's work to life for your students. Click on the "Van Gogh ...more
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This page developed by the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam offers some breathtaking features that will bring the artist's work to life for your students. Click on the "Van Gogh & Gauguin" link for a beautifully designed multimedia presentation that goes far beyond background information to reveal the very soul of the artist. Another must-see is the virtual 3D tour of the permanent museum collection. It requires the download of a Windows plug-in (directions are provided), but it is well worth it to walk through the rooms, learn about the paintings, and interact with other visitors (a feature that must be monitored closely if used in the classroom).

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Welcome to the Conservator's Studio - Seattle Art Museum

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9 to 12
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Students can unlock the secrets of how artists create a piece of work through this interactive site that puts them in the role of a conservator with works by two ...more
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Students can unlock the secrets of how artists create a piece of work through this interactive site that puts them in the role of a conservator with works by two twentieth-century Mexican artists: Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. Open the virtual toolbox to explore specialized tools and techniques of the trade, then click on a painting and begin to uncover the mysteries.

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Olga's Gallery

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8 to 12
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This online gallery contains a staggering number of works of art - more than 10,000 - organized by artist, country, movement, and name. Biographical information on each artist is ...more
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This online gallery contains a staggering number of works of art - more than 10,000 - organized by artist, country, movement, and name. Biographical information on each artist is provided. Of special note is a "World Literature in Painting" link that thematically connects art with classic literary works.

tag(s): literature (275)

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Use the "World Literature in Painting," to find images to accompany your study of a piece of literature. The images hosted here are small, but the descriptions are descriptive and provide some excellent background on the art and literature. Find larger copies of the image elsewhere, and use them over the interactive whiteboard or projector to introduce interpretations of a piece of writing. Bare minimum, this would be a great way to show the impact the writing had on the culture.

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In Focus - Tate Gallery

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8 to 12
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This unique online gallery provides in-depth commentary on artistic works, artists and subjects. Of particular note is the exhibit of American landscape painting from 1820-1880 which...more
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This unique online gallery provides in-depth commentary on artistic works, artists and subjects. Of particular note is the exhibit of American landscape painting from 1820-1880 which draws connections between the paintings in the collection and the literature that inspired them. Another impressive feature is the i-Map Project which provides an interactive, multimedia exploration of the works, ideas and innovations of Matisse and Picasso.

tag(s): painting (66), picasso (6)

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Use the learning tools within each subheading to scour for ideas on how to use these resources in your classroom. The learning guides typically have lesson plans, games and classroom activities accompanying the textual information. Be sure to save the site as a favorite to allow for easy reference later on.
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Earth as Art - Library of Congress

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6 to 12
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Enter this virtual exhibit to view satellite photos of some of the world's most amazing geographic and geologic treasure. Basic maps are provided to show visitors the approximate location...more
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Enter this virtual exhibit to view satellite photos of some of the world's most amazing geographic and geologic treasure. Basic maps are provided to show visitors the approximate location of each strange and awe-inspiring art form. Dramatic deforestation in the Amazon Basin, the West Fjords of Iceland, and the Lambert Glacier in Antarctica are among the breathtaking images included in the collection. Use this site to inspire your art students, illustrate a geographic concept, or enrich an environmental science lesson.

tag(s): ecology (135), landforms (45), photography (160)

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Use this site as an Earth Day activity! Use the maps on deforestation to lead to a conversation on conservationism.

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International Directory of Sculpture Parks

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8 to 12
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Choose a continent on the interactive map of the world, select a country or state, and start browsing through the collection of annotated links to sculpture garden sites. This is ...more
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Choose a continent on the interactive map of the world, select a country or state, and start browsing through the collection of annotated links to sculpture garden sites. This is a great visual resource for art students, but, in most cases, you must provide the background and interpretation.

tag(s): sculpture (22)

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Lost in Translation - NY Times

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8 to 12
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This lesson plan designed by the New York Times challenges students to reflect on the uses of math in their daily lives and develop clear, compelling ways to communicate mathematical...more
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This lesson plan designed by the New York Times challenges students to reflect on the uses of math in their daily lives and develop clear, compelling ways to communicate mathematical concepts to the average layman. After reading and discussing a related New York Times article (link provided), students must work with a partner to research a mathematical or physics concept and design a multimedia brochure explaining that concept to the general public. A clever and thought-provoking way for students to understand math from the inside out.

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Classroom Clipart

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1 to 12
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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you ...more
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This large variety of clip art images and photographs is a great resource for K-12 students and teachers. No cost is involved for educational use, but make sure that you read the site's copyright information. This site is SLOW to open, so be patient.

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Best of Still Photojournalism - National Press Photographers Association

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11 to 12
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Inspire your photography students with these award-winning photographs from photo editors, web editors, and photojournalists from around the world. Organized by subject. ...more
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Inspire your photography students with these award-winning photographs from photo editors, web editors, and photojournalists from around the world. Organized by subject.

tag(s): journalism (51), news (261), photography (160)

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Ask Joan of Art - Smithsonian

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8 to 12
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The next time your students stump you with a question about an American artist, don't despair; just ask Joan! This free service, provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, puts...more
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The next time your students stump you with a question about an American artist, don't despair; just ask Joan! This free service, provided by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, puts you and your students in touch with art information specialists. Using print and electronic reference sources, Joan of Art, will answer your question within a time frame that you indicate. Serious inquiries, only! Don't make this resource available for general homework or class project use.

tag(s): art history (72)

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Playing With Time - Minnesota Science Museum

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1 to 12
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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it ...more
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Amazing sights await you in this site that takes a fascinating look at how the world around you changes. Visitors can actually control the passage of time - speed it up or slow it down - and view the coming of spring, the evolution of the continents, or the incredible functions of the human eye. Follow the Activities link to find some visually challenging interactive activities. This site would be an engaging addition to a life science or art lesson. Use the activities to encourage creative problem solving, or select one of the video images to use as a creative writing prompt.

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Web Gallery of Art

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8 to 12
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The more than 12,000 works of are represented digitally on this site include paintings and sculptures created in Europe between 1150 and 1800 AD. Many of the artworks include captions...more
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The more than 12,000 works of are represented digitally on this site include paintings and sculptures created in Europe between 1150 and 1800 AD. Many of the artworks include captions as well as biographic information about the artist. Use the search engine to zero in on a particular work or artist. Choose from a selection of virtual guided tours to better understand the historical or artistic relationships between museum pieces.

tag(s): artists (76), painting (66), sculpture (22)

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Time and Life Pictures - Getty Images

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7 to 12
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Art, Literature, U.S. History - Works by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century are represented in this massive collection of powerful images documenting memorable events...more
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Art, Literature, U.S. History - Works by some of the greatest photographers of the 20th century are represented in this massive collection of powerful images documenting memorable events in American politics and culture. Project selected photos in class to introduce an event in history, inspire student photographers, or introduce a writing prompt. The sight is searchable and quite user-friendly. A fee is required to download images.

tag(s): photography (160)

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Use the photos found in this site for writing prompts. Search within the site or browse the subjects offered to find one that corresponds to a unit being studied. A good example would be the images taken of the Great Depression. Pull up a select few of the images and prompt students to tell the story of what is happening in the image, the emotions seen, and what kind of impact this is meant to have of the viewer. An activity like this does require some background knowledge so this might better suited towards the end of a unit as review. This site would benefit teachers of nearly any subject, especially history, language arts, civics and science.

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