Art Safari: An Adventure in Looking, for Children and Adults
Choose an artwork. Look for clues to determine what is happening
in the image. A series of guiding questions will help you each step
of the way. Use your imagination and write a story about what you
see. When you have completed your safari, craft your own masterpiece
of animals on the computer using the interactive Java applet. Print
your picture and view the works of children and adults from around
the world in the create view. Explore the Museum of Modern Art's
permanent collections. These Guides for Looking will lead the observer
in exploring interesting questions around the work of art. This is
a great site for encouraging students to think critically about visual
Artists Toolkit: Visual Elements and Principles
Discover the tools of the trade such as line, color, and balance
to build works of art. As you explore the toolkit, you can watch
as art is created, find the same elements in other works of art,
and design your own work using an interactive palette along with
the elements and principles that were demonstrated. Videos show artists
in action and the processes they use for producing art. Rounding
out the site is an encyclopedia that includes definitions and visual
demonstrations of the artistic concepts.
Eyes on Art
This Learning to Look curriculum is designed for
teachers to help students appreciate art through a series of
Begin with You Choose and select from a variety of famous artists'
works to hang in your own museum. Once you have made your selections,
explain what you believe is good art. Then, click on "Make My
Museum" and a gallery of your favorites is displayed. The thinker
image database provides information about each painting. In ArtSpeak,
101 questions are posed that cause the observer to think about what
techniques artists have used in their paintings. Double Vision provides
activities on comparing and contrasting design elements of art. Art
works are compared with responses written online. No Fear o' Eras
helps the viewer discover features, aspects, traits, or characteristics
that make up the style of a particular artistic era. Your True View
allows you to be an art critic by examining works of art on the Web
that have not been "certified masterpieces." How would
you interpret the quality of the art? The Eyes on Art Quiz presents
the eyes of 10 artists' works. Your challenge is to match them
to a famous artist. In addition to all of the great activities
there is a teacher's guide with visual art standards, rationale
for the lessons, and a review of literature.
Henri Rousseau: An Interactive Story
Find the name of Rousseau's style of art and the famous artist who
was influenced by it. Enjoy an animated story that explores the style and technique of
Henri Rousseau. By looking at the methods he employed, students will
gain insight into his paintings and a better understanding of the
art of that era. The interactive story also provides information
about Rousseau and other contemporary artists along with their paintings.
Magnify areas of the paintings with the click of a mouse for a close-up
view. Guiding questions aid in the investigation.
Long Island Children's Museum
Visit the Long Island Children's Museum for hands-on fun. Go around
the point in KaleiDraw to create a kaleidoscope. Borderliner makes
patterns that can go on forever. Create your favorite wall pattern
in wAllovers and design your own quilt pattern in QuiltMaker. Kids
will love this site.
Mr. Picasso Head
Create a Picasso painting using shapes, paints, lines, and design.
This interactive painting tool allows the artist to create and then
post in the Picasso gallery with other Picasso-like artists. You
may also print a paper copy of your work.
NGAKids Art Zone
Children of all ages can produce interesting color patterns with
the collage machine. Select from a variety of objects, then flip,
turn, adjust transparency, modify the size, and change the arrangement.
Want a new design? Simply erase and begin all over again. Creations
may be saved and printed. Instructions for creating paper collages
are also provided. After completing this activity, try your hand
or brush using PixelFace to draw portraits and other designs. The
children's brochure describing the life and art of Romare Bearden
ties all of the activities together. Finally, join Lizzy as she takes
a walk through the sculpture garden. Help her make the sculptures
come to life.
Van Gogh's Van Gogh: Masterpieces from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Learn about the different artistic periods of Van Gogh's life through
paintings and audio commentary. Descriptions of the art and full
screen images depict the style, color, and technique of the artist.
Travel virtually through a 3-D museum and see the magnificent works
of this great artist.
As you expose your students to art through virtual museum visits,
you can feel gratified that you are developing individuals with an
appreciation for creativity, artistic style, and interest in the
arts that will last a lifetime. By constructing a gallery of art
in your classroom, your budding artists will be even more connected
to the artists they study.