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My Art Tech students are in the process of doing Internet research on any
artist of their choice. While I did not discourage any artist (living or
dead)....I tried to encourage them to do ones I also had interest in because
of the units I have planned for next year. One of my students just switched
to M.C. Escher on Friday (after he had already done research for
Michelangelo)....This did not bother me in the least...as I am presenting
M.C. Escher in May to 6th grade students with my Tessellation unit. I
created a links page to copy into this student's Art Tech folder. If anyone
would like a copy of this list (some "WAY COOL" sites)--I would be happy to
forward it to you (I will not send attachments to the list....so please
request to me personally as I get the digest and it is difficult to find you
if you just reply to the list "me too". Send your request to either address
(some of you have me in your address books):
Here are two sites I would highly recommend all to check
The ACCESS INDIANA Teaching & Learning Center - M.C Escher
This is the link to Art sites
I think someone on the Art Talk list may do work for this center?
I was amazed how many Escher links they had that I had not visited yet (and
I already had visited quite a few!)
My Artist Research project for eighth grade students may be found at:
You will also want to use Michelle Herrell's page:
Michelle has provide a lot of information for her students (info that I only
gave my students on hand-outs) and has different artists' links. Her site
also has a convenient search for ArtCyclopedia on the page. Anyone
interested in doing an online research project with students should gather
what you can from our sites to save you many hours of work.
I previewed "VanGogh's Van Goghs"
I had difficulty getting into it at first (in fact I do not even remember
the first part as I watched it at school while trying to do other stuff)---I
really liked the last 2/3's of it. It was as if you were viewing the
paintings in the exhibit--they would take you close-up to the work and then
go into details. It did go into a little more detail what happened between
Van Gogh and Gaugin in Arles....and does tell you where VanGogh shot himself
(where the bullet hit)---believe it or not...this is something students
would always ask me....Since it wasn't WAY BETTER that "Van Gogh in the
South of France:Arles" (which my school already owns)--I did not keep it
"Kindred Spirits: Nigerian Art"
I really enjoyed this one!!! This video gives you a look at contemporary
Nigerian artists and how they are drawing from traditional art from the
past--goes into some of the issues of colonialism and how that affected the
art of Nigeria...Really excellent follow-up video to traditional African Art
units--Great for middle school and high school (elementary would have to
preview and decide) You do not need to show the entire video to
students--could only show the parts that pertain to units you are doing. I
am definitely going to use the fabric artist segment and the printmakers.
Both videos are available in many art supply catalogs--Yes, including SAX
(this one is for Judy Nagel!..at least I think they have "Kindred Spirits",
Wow...a lot for one post....sorry folks.
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