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Arts - Scout Report 4/5/2002

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From: BJ Berquist (berquist_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Fri Apr 05 2002 - 17:27:15 PST


3. Silk Road Seattle
http://depts.washington.edu/uwch/silkroad/index.shtml

Silk Road Seattle is a "collaborative public education project using the
'Silk Road' theme to explore cultural interaction across Eurasia from
the
beginning of the Common Era (A.D.) to the Sixteenth Century." The Silk
Road
is a term understood to have been the overland trade route from China to
the
Mediterranean, opened first in the 2nd century and coming to an end
between
the 15th and 17th centuries. Traditional discussions of the Silk Road,
however, recognize that there were branches that went into South Asia,
or
extended from Central Asia north of the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea.
Sponsored primarily by the Simpson Center for the Humanities at the
University of Washington and directed by Professors Daniel C. Waugh,
Joel
Walker, and Cynthea Bogel, this Web site contains a vast range of Silk
Road
materials. These materials include a list of texts that may be used in
teaching and learning about the Silk Road, a section on cities and
architecture along the Silk Road, information on traditional culture in
Central Asia, a page of teaching and learning guides that list and
annotate
Silk Road materials, and a virtual art exhibit. This site is still in a
constructive stage; therefore, every link is not yet accessible. In
short,
this site may be of value for a range of audiences, including school
children, teachers, college and graduate students, and independent adult
learners. [MG]

5. Smithsonian National Museum of African Art
http://www.nmafa.si.edu/

Although not brand new, the Web site of the Smithsonian National Museum
of
African Art is worth a visit. The What's New link from the homepage
leads to
5 different specialized interfaces of the museum's collections:
diversity,
uses, imagery, currently on view, and advanced. For example, in the
imagery
section, you can search by Animal, Human, or Object Imagery. In
diversity,
clicking on a classification icon -- such as Architectural Elements,
Costumes and Textiles, Tools and Equipment, or Toys -- takes you to a
search
screen for just that particular category, and the uses interface has its
own
set of categories from Adornment to Weaving. The on view interface
searches
only those objects that are on display, while advanced search covers
more of
the collection. For example, a search on Costumes and Textiles gets only
one
item in on view, and 29 in advanced. Another rich area of the site is
Exhibitions, with over two dozen available,including selections from
shows
that have left the physical museum, such as Beautiful Bodies: Form and
Decoration of African Pottery and In the Presence of Spirits: African
Art
from the National Museum of Ethnology, Lisbon. [DS]

6. Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
http://www.kb.nl/kb/manuscripts/

This Web site is a scholarly database of information regarding medieval
illuminated manuscripts of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National
Library
of the Netherlands, and the Museum Meermanno-Westreenianum. Viewers may
search the database by keyword or browse by subject content -- Religion
and
Magic, Nature, Human Being, Man in General, Society, Civilization,
Culture,
Abstract Ideas and Concepts, History, Bible, Literature, Classical
Mythology, and Ancient History. Accessible in English, German, or
French,
this site is specifically designed for those with an interest in
medieval
images and history. [MG]

9. Dictionary of Victorian London
http://www.victorianlondon.org/

Designed and maintained by Lee Jackson, an author and librarian, the
Victorian Dictionary is a useful resource on Victorian London history
during
the 19th century. This site contains over 40 categories that range from
architecture, to clothing and fashions, to dates and events, to
entertainment and recreation, to words and expressions. The site also
contains a bibliography containing most of the resources used for the
site,
as well as links to other related sites. In brief, this site is a
helpful
resource for those working on and interested in the history of the
Victorian
age. [MG]

11. The Norwegian Jazz Base [RealPlayer]
http://www.jazzbasen.no/index_eng.html

A product of the Norwegian Jazz Archives and the National Library of
Norway,
the Norwegian Jazz Base is a catalog of jazz recordings involving
Norwegian
musicians from 1905 to the present. Accessible in both Norwegian and
English, Jazz Base contains an historical overview of Norwegian jazz
history, biographies and photographs of Norwegian jazz musicians listed
alphabetically by name, sound clips (arranged by recording date), and
various links to other related sites. RealPlayer is required for those
users
interested in listening to the available sound clips. The catalog is
searchable by title/keyword, album and track titles, musician's name,
and
year recorded. [MG]

13. The Great Buildings Collection
http://www.greatbuildings.com/

Not just an ordinary architecture site, The Great Buildings Collection
is a
wide gateway to architecture around the world. This collection documents
approximately a thousand buildings, offering 3D models ranging in detail
from very simple formal massing models of just a few cuboid blocks, to
basic
interior/exterior spatial walkthrough models, to detailed
interior/exterior
models complete with furnishings and landscaping. The site contains
sections
on buildings and architects (arranged alphabetically by name), as well
as
architectural places of the world (arranged alphabetically by
continent).
Furthermore, viewers can glimpse architectural building types -- such as
airport terminals, castles, factories, theaters, and villas -- and
architectural styles such as Neolithic, Gothic, Renaissance, Prairie,
Neo-
Vernacular, and many more. Also available are photographic images,
architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies for famous
designers
and structures of all kinds, architectural books, updated news articles,
and
a link to ArchitectureWeek, a new magazine on design and building.
Although
established in the late 1990s, this site keeps updated information on
architectural design and is definitely worth a visit. [MG]

14. Visible Human Server
http://visiblehuman.epfl.ch/

This Web site from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology allows
users to
view three dimensional models of human anatomy. A free registration
allows
users to log on and fully access the site, but there are some sample
demonstrations available without registration. When visiting the site,
you
can view, rotate, and extract cross sections from the anatomical models,
or
build your own anatomic model by choosing the structures of interest.
The
site works best with Internet Explorer 5 and the latest version of
Microsoft
Java VM. The site provides how-to files that are extremely helpful for
new
users. This is certainly a site for those studying human anatomy, but it
is
a cool site that may also appeal to others. This site is also reviewed
in
the April 5, 2002 _NSDL Life Sciences Report_. [AL]

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Respectfully submitted,
BJ Berquist
Associate Educator, TAPPED IN
mailto:bjb@tappedin.org
http://www.tappedin.org/info/members/bj.html

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