TeachersFirst - Featured Sites: Week of Mar 24, 2019

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CurriConnects Booklist: The Artist's Eye - TeachersFirst

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K to 12
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This CurriConnects features books about artists and their style and by Caldecott winning authors who have unusual or beautiful layouts. Treat your students to the possibility of exploring...more
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This CurriConnects features books about artists and their style and by Caldecott winning authors who have unusual or beautiful layouts. Treat your students to the possibility of exploring color and its power to communicate feelings and ideas, that art can be in the eye of the beholder, finding art (and joy) in the shapes of nature, different ways to look at perspective, and much, much more! This thematic list includes fiction and nonfiction, interest and grade levels, ISBNs for ordering or searching, ESL levels and Lexiles (where available) to match with student independent reading levels to challenge, not to frustrate.

tag(s): artists (81), colors (78), drawing (81), perspective (11)

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This list will be a natural fit for anyone teaching art whether in elementary, middle, or high school. Use the books to introduce concepts in art and have students create digital sketchbooks about the styles and concepts they like. Replace the paper journal or sketchbook with one that can be accessed anywhere and never left behind. Use a digital "idea bin" collector like Padlet, reviewed here, that offers tools for creating columns to organizing information about the concepts learned and post ideas and photos. Be sure to share this list of CurriConnects books about art with parents on your teacher webpage.

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DeepArt - Leon Gatys, Alexander Ecker and Matthias Bethge

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K to 12
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Turn any photo into a work of art in the style of your favorite artist using DeepArt. In three easy steps, this site transforms any image into the form of ...more
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Turn any photo into a work of art in the style of your favorite artist using DeepArt. In three easy steps, this site transforms any image into the form of your chosen artist. Upload your picture, select the style, then submit. The process takes up to 15 minutes depending on the amount of traffic on DeepArt. When finished, download to your computer.

tag(s): art history (81), artists (81), images (281)

In the Classroom

Use this site in art class as you teach about different styles and genres of art. Find many ideas for using images in the classroom at this archive of an OK2Ask webinar, located here. Turn student images into a digital book using Book Creator, reviewed here. Ask students to create books including images, videos, and text to explain different forms of art or as part of a research project on the life and times of people at different periods in history.

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One Met. Many Worlds - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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5 to 12
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One Met. Many Worlds features a collection of 500 works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and asks viewers to engage by pairing pieces and providing an interesting ...more
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One Met. Many Worlds features a collection of 500 works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and asks viewers to engage by pairing pieces and providing an interesting descriptive comparison. Scroll through the site and choose two images, provide a short text description for each, then share using the link. The Met encourages participants to respond playfully, poetically, and creatively.

tag(s): images (281), painting (63), parts of speech (68), sculpture (20)

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Use this site to encourage creativity, teach adjectives, and study art at the same time! Share images on your interactive whiteboard and explore together. Ask students to enhance their learning by finding images then creating collages using PhotoCollage, reviewed here, to add descriptions or compare features. After creating collages, encourage creative writing in your students by asking them to use their collage as inspiration for a writing project. Modify learning by trying StoryLab, reviewed here, a choose your own adventure story creation tool where students can feature the chosen images.
 

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Plum Pudding Illustration Agency - Plum Pudding

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Plum Pudding Illustration Agency features the work of leading children's illustrators. Scroll through the home page to choose from images sharing the work of each artist. After selecting...more
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Plum Pudding Illustration Agency features the work of leading children's illustrators. Scroll through the home page to choose from images sharing the work of each artist. After selecting an artist, browse through their work to view the pictures shared. Be sure to look at the bottom of the illustration thumbnails on each page to find additional images and a biography of the artist.

tag(s): artists (81), literature (265)

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Use this site to find and compare the work of different children's book illustrators. When reading books with pictures by these artists, share their different images with your students to compare and contrast the different styles in the books. Ask students to browse through the site to find images that inspire them, then have them create illustrations to accompany their own work using the same style. Use those images when publishing student work using Book Creator, reviewed here. Don't forget to include a short biography of the author with the book!

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Quick, Draw! - Google

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Can this site guess what you are drawing? Find out with Quick, Draw! Select the Let's Draw! button to begin. Draw the item listed in 20 seconds or less and ...more
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Can this site guess what you are drawing? Find out with Quick, Draw! Select the Let's Draw! button to begin. Draw the item listed in 20 seconds or less and find out if their neural network recognizes your doodles. After six drawings, view how well this site identifies your work. Click on any of your drawings to see how others drew the same thing. Be sure to take a look at the link to the world's largest doodling set to observe other pictures and learn about the scientific research behind the doodles.

tag(s): computers (103), drawing (81), keyboarding (40)

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Share this site with younger students to practice computer mouse skills. In art class, have students use this site to draw different images quickly, then have them use the links to view how others drew them. Discuss as a class what parts of drawings are essential in making the item identifiable.

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Smarthistory - Khan Academy Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

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Smarthistory is a collection of videos and essays for the study of art and cultural heritage from the Paleolithic period to the present time. Explore the different topics on the ...more
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Smarthistory is a collection of videos and essays for the study of art and cultural heritage from the Paleolithic period to the present time. Explore the different topics on the home page including a brief history of western culture, learn the difference between art and crafts, and a short history of religion in art. The videos are hosted on YouTube. If your district blocks YouTube, then they may not be viewable; be sure to look at alternatives for sharing the videos on classroom computers.

tag(s): africa (163), art history (81), asia (74), continents (49), cross cultural understanding (128), cultures (111), europe (71), north america (18), paleontology (39), religions (68), south africa (12)

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Share this site on classroom computers for students to explore on their own or in groups. Have small groups divide up the topics to investigate. Then have students with the same topic meet together to become the expert on that topic (in cooperative learning, this is known as Jigsaw). Modify learningand have each student in the Jigsaw group create an Awesome ScreenShot, reviewed here, where they can make digital notes with lines, text, or shapes. Once they form back into their original small group they can report what they learned to the other group members. Transform learning by instructing students to collaborate using a mapping tool such as Click2Map, reviewed here, to create and label a map with information found on Smarthistory and additional research. With Click2Map students can include display markers featuring text, photos, and videos! Challenge students or groups to make a multimedia presentation to redefine the sharing of the art and heritage of different countries using a tool like Visme, reviewed here, where students can choose the type of interactive presentation they would like to present.

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Art in Schools Month Resources - TeachersFirst

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This curated list of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is all about art! Prepare for Art in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that ...more
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This curated list of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is all about art! Prepare for Art in our Schools Month or share these tools throughout the entire year. Find tools that incorporate history, math, science, and more.

tag(s): art history (81), artists (81), drawing (81), museums (44), painting (63), sculpture (20)

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Get your students geared up for Art in our Schools Month. Show the connection between art and math using various tools listed. Share tools on your interactive whiteboard or allow students to explore independently.

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Of the People: Art and History of the White House - Discovery Education

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Go behind the scenes for an in-depth video discussion of the art and history of the White House with White House Curator William Allman. The actual discussion begins after the ...more
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Go behind the scenes for an in-depth video discussion of the art and history of the White House with White House Curator William Allman. The actual discussion begins after the 14-minute mark on the video with an interview led by a high school student. Questions include those submitted by students all over the country.

tag(s): art history (81), presidents (126), video (269), white house (15)

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Before viewing this video, challenge students to brainstorm what a curator's job is and what kind of artifacts they might find in the White House. After viewing, extend learning by having students create a simple infographic of important White House artifacts sharing their findings using Venngage, reviewed here. Ask students to curate their own collection of items such as things found in their room at home, a collection of items from your school, or a collection of artifacts from your hometown. Create a book featuring these items using Ourboox, reviewed here. Ourboox creates beautiful page-flipping digital books in minutes, and you can embed video, music, animation, games, maps and more truly redefining learning.

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WordsEye - WordsEye

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Create 3D scenes using descriptive sentences to make images. WordsEye is a must see tool! After signing up with email or a Facebook account, use WordsEye on the web or ...more
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Create 3D scenes using descriptive sentences to make images. WordsEye is a must see tool! After signing up with email or a Facebook account, use WordsEye on the web or iOS devices. There is an intro video that shows exactly how easy it is to use WordsEye. Besides a thorough FAQs page, WordsEye also has a YouTube page with several other explainer videos. Keep scenes private, publish to the gallery or create a permalink (URL). A nice feature is that WordsEye will automatically credit you with any scene someone else uses or modifies (and vice-versa). If your district blocks YouTube, the videos may not be viewable.

tag(s): digital storytelling (151), images (281)

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Turn on your students' creative side with WordsEye! There are SO many ways to use WordsEye in classrooms: ESL/ELL students can create sentences, and correct them if the image doesn't look correct. Have ESL/ELL and world language students set up their own visual dictionary. Challenge students to create images and then use them with the class as a writing prompt. Tell them they have to create a story, not try to recreate the sentence that produced the image. Show your students how to embed media transforming their work into a true digital story using a multimedia presentation about class content with their created images and sentences and UtellStory, reviewed here. Digital storytellers can use the 3D images for the reader to see what is happening in the story. Alternatively, they can upload their image to Thinglink, reviewed here, and tell the story around the image. Share the link for this tool with your school's art teacher as an excellent tool for use with art projects, and post the link on your website for students to use at home. Since registration is via email, for young students consider using a "class set" of Gmail subaccounts, explained here; this tells how to configure Gmail subaccounts to use for any online membership service. Using Gmail subaccounts will provide anonymous interaction within your class.

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The Walters Art Museum - The Walters Art Museum

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The Walters Art Museum opened in 1934 in Maryland. This site has information about the museum, its founders, the long history, and more. Take a deeper dive by looking at ...more
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The Walters Art Museum opened in 1934 in Maryland. This site has information about the museum, its founders, the long history, and more. Take a deeper dive by looking at exhibits and the pieces of art found there. Use the search bar to find lesson plans and resources, or take advantage of the potential for video conferencing with museum educators. Utilize the section for Integrating the Arts to teach cross-curricular lessons in any of the core subject areas. Find the integration lessons categorized by ancient civilizations such as China or Islam. Also check out the Teacher Resources area for quite a few lesson plans that include different topics such as Ancient Storytelling, Egyptian Symbols, Coat of Arms, Warhol Stained Glass, The Nutcracker, Mapping the Past - Mapping the Present, and many more.

tag(s): art history (81), artists (81), museums (44)

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Use the Integrating the Arts sections to find printable lesson plans to create cross-curricular lessons. The lesson plans include objectives, multiple activities, examples, and a wrap-up. Students can then use the site to find other pieces of art that demonstrate or support the same concept.

Connect middle and high school students to the museum through one of the prescheduled video conference calls to learn about specific topics. Be sure to prepare students for the conference call, and encourage students to participate with comments and questions to enhance the learning experience. After the conference, have students navigate through the pieces of art on the site that relate to the topic from the video conference.

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Sketch Toy - Hakim El Hattab

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Sketch Toy is an intriguing, online drawing tool. No membership is required. Click in the blank graph paper to begin drawing. Click buttons/menus to adjust the line size and color,...more
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Sketch Toy is an intriguing, online drawing tool. No membership is required. Click in the blank graph paper to begin drawing. Click buttons/menus to adjust the line size and color, undo, or erase. Note that you must click Erase a second time to turn it off! Set your line to vibrate using different options. One of the best features of this site is the ability to take an image from your desktop and drag it onto the drawing screen. Once your image is on screen, use the image to trace and create a stencil. Then choose "SAVE" to view your artwork in a step-by-step replay. Copy the image URL and/or share using social networks. Going to the URL will "play back" the drawing process. Click Refresh to watch it over again. You can also download your image. This tool works nicely on tablet browsers. Important: Be SURE to save your image URLs in Favorites or paste them somewhere so you can find them again later. With no registration, you have no way of "saving" your works of art within the tool!
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tag(s): creative writing (170), creativity (120), drawing (81), geometric shapes (169), images (281), perspective (11), writing prompts (90)

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Use Sketch Toy to demonstrate symmetrical drawings. This tool is great for enhancing, creating and visualizing math concepts from basic geometric shapes and area to complex constructions and trig. Use on an interactive whiteboard or projector. Use for hands-on work with any geometry or trigonometry functions. Since this tool works on such a variety of devices, it would be ideal to use in a BYOD (or 1:1) geometry class. Art teachers who want to "draw in" their more mathematical students can offer this as a design option, especially when teaching about perspective. Drag in images of alphabet letters for younger students to practice tracing. In art class, pull in images of artworks (even students' own work) and have them highlight design principles such as the path of your eye in viewing this image. Annotate any image using freehand drawing and writing. Use this tool as a visual writing prompt. Transform learning by creating drawing stories where a small group adds to the drawing as they pass it around on a tablet, narrating the story among themselves. Save it and play it back for them to write down their own versions of the story. Drawing stories would be a great way to practice world language skills or for ELL students to master vocabulary!

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Artyfactory - Artyfactory.com

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Learn to draw, paint, or design following step-by-step tutorials from Artyfactory. Discover basic techniques of drawing and painting through Still Life lessons. Practice perspective,...more
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Learn to draw, paint, or design following step-by-step tutorials from Artyfactory. Discover basic techniques of drawing and painting through Still Life lessons. Practice perspective, proportions, drawing animals and portraits, and more. Artyfactory's slideshows are an engaging way to increase your knowledge of art, art appreciation, and design.
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tag(s): africa (163), art history (81), artists (81), bulletin boards (20), design (88), egypt (62), perspective (11)

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In the art classroom, find ways to add technology to instruction using your projector or interactive whiteboard and demonstrating different techniques found on Artyfactory. For project based learning in any class, share this tool as a resource to add visual impact to students' research projects. Social studies teachers can include lessons about making African masks during units about that continent. Include Egyptian Hieroglyphic Alphabet, Cartouche, and Gods during a unit on the Egyptians. Science (or geometry) teachers will want to explore the lessons on visual patterns in nature as a way to capture the interest of your visual learners. Use these tutorials to integrate visual arts into any topic. Encourage your artistically inclined students to explore on their own. Explore this site before a trip to an art museum or to find inspiration for a display or culminating project in any teaching unit. You may even find some bulletin board ideas for your classroom! Ask students to extend their learning and document the stages by taking photos of their art and editing them and making a collage with PhotoCat, reviewed here. Encourage older students to keep their work in a portfolio for future use with Pathbrite, reviewed here.

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CurriConnects Book List - Light and Color - TeachersFirst

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Enjoy books of photographs and about photography in conjunction for student independent reading in conjunction with art classes or in science as you learn about light and the spectrum....more
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Enjoy books of photographs and about photography in conjunction for student independent reading in conjunction with art classes or in science as you learn about light and the spectrum. This list includes nonfiction about light and how it works. The interest levels are predominantly elementary and middle school but include selections for more able readers. CurriConnects thematic book lists include ISBN numbers for ordering or searching, interest grade levels, ESL levels and Lexiles'® to match student independent reading levels to challenge, not frustrate. For more on text complexity and Lexiles'®, see this information from the Lexile Framework. Don't miss other CurriConnects themes being added regularly. If your library does not have the books, try interlibrary loan!

tag(s): book lists (130), colors (78), independent reading (123), photography (155)

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Have students choose a book they can connect to your light unit in science, to art projects, or simply a book of interest. Extend the experience by having them collect their own photographs as examples of the concepts they learn. Transform and share projects using one of these reviewed presentation tools from the TeachersFirst Edge. Some tool suggestions are (click on the tool name to access the review): Slidebot, Animatron, Rooclick, and Gravit Designer. The non-fiction selections offer possible informational texts to practice Common Core science literacy skills.

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Murder at the Met: An American Art Mystery - The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Find a mystery in art, and use art to solve the mystery. Tour American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts that reside at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to solve the ...more
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Find a mystery in art, and use art to solve the mystery. Tour American paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts that reside at The Metropolitan Museum of Art to solve the murder of Virginie Gautreau AKA Madame X, painted by John Singer Sargent. The scenario is an evening gala in 1899, and you put clues together using either your mobile devices or a computer. Players must examine the art work since you are witnesses. There are possible weapons and crime scenes. There are three possible avenues to take to reach the solution, so the game can be played multiple times.

tag(s): art history (81), artists (81), critical thinking (117), interactive stories (31), mysteries (23), thinking skills (13)

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Whether teaching art history or a unit on mysteries and deductive reasoning, students will learn from using this program. Though there is a place for students to keep notes, they should also keep their own notes about the clues, especially why they chose the ones they mark "highly suspicious." Replace paper and pencil by using a tool like Memo Notepad, reviewed here, for digital note taking. If you and your students liked this site you might also enjoy "Mysterious Places: Ancient Civilizations Modern Mysteries," reviewed here, with its lovely photographs to go along with the mysteries. A natural follow up would be to have your students write their own mysteries. Writing with Writers, reviewed here, is just the place to give you some ideas! On the left menu find Projects by Subject and Mystery Writing. Challenge gifted students to create similar mysteries using subject matter in any science or social studies class.

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