40 Centuries of Architecture
Egyptian, Greek, Islamic, and Romanesque architecture are presented in
categories of locality, subject, and time periods with a series of
thumbnail images that are clicked to reveal a full screen size photo.
Originally an Italian site, the English version also links to 1200 Years
At the National Gallery of Art, tour a virtual exhibit of American
Impressionists with paintings by Childe Hassam, Maurice Prendergast, John
Singer Sargent, John Twatchman and other artists. The exhibit includes
twelve paintings, descriptions of the artworks and biographies of the
artists. There is an essay from the collector of the paintings titled
"Reminiscences and Reflections on Collecting."
Ansel Adams at 100
This online exhibit from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art highlights
seven Ansel Adams photographs. Each section has details about a
significant aspect of photography such as composition, lighting, where to
stand when taking photos. Learn about the Group f.64, a group of
photographers in the 1930s who were interested in progressive photography.
Subjects include Yosemite, the seashore, Alaska, and other natural
settings for his stunning black and white photos. You can zoom in on the
images, rearrange the sequence of the sea foam photos, and even hear Adams
in a video clip about his moonrise series. QuickTime and Flash are
required for the site.
Art of the First World War
World War I lasted four years and cost eight million lives. Much of Europe
was in ruins, and civilians suffered for years. This gallery collects 100
paintings from international artists to commemorate the end of the war.
You can take a guided tour or choose to view paintings by artist or by
subject. Take time to read the quotes that accompany most of the
paintings, you'll be hearing the voices of soldiers, artists, authors, and
Art Room, The
Looking for ways to bring art and art history into your teaching? The @rt
Room is a 'virtual' art classroom that features hands on art lessons,
activities and games that are not only educational, but lots of fun. Also
included is a student gallery, bibliography, links and art trivia.
This interactive adventure in looking will be fun for children, who will
learn to analyze famous works of art and write about them. Plus, they can
make their own pictures online and view the art work of other students.
Art, Disability, & Expression
This exhibition explores the historical, emotional and sociological
influences that have influenced disabled artists’ expressions. “Disability
as Content” is a section where disabled artists strive to portray disabled
people as part of society, purposely portraying the disability in the
image. The “Methods and Materials” sections include the art forms of
painting, printmaking, sculpture, glasswork, jewelry, computer
programming, and mixed media. Other exhibitions from disabled artists are
also found at this site from VSA, formerly called Very Special Arts.
The mission of ArtsEdge is to help artists, teachers and students gain
access to and/or share information, resources and ideas that support the
arts as a core subject area in the K-12 curriculum. Teachers will find
thorough information on current issues in arts education, curriculum
resources and even an online arts community. ArtsEdge is developed under a
cooperative agreement between the Kennedy Center and the National
Endowment for the Arts.
Bottlecaps to Brushes
Follow Cappy the giraffe and do art activities that will get you to look
at art in a new way. Make art using everyday objects, learn how color can
show mood, and meet some artists along the way. Learn how these American
artists create their work and view some of the pieces in the collection at
the National Museum of American Art.
Brush With History, A
The portraits from this Smithsonian collection date from the 1720s to the
1990s. The 76 paintings vary in style and technique and form a narrative
about American portraiture in all its variety. Compare the styles through
the decades and decide which appeals to you. The educational resources
found at this site are lesson plans based on the historical aspect of the
portraits. Each portrait includes a short biography of the subject.
Color theory for teachers and students introduces mixing colors and
putting colors together in effective ways. Topics covered are color
wheels, color values, and color schemes. There are many games and
activities to play related to color theory, student artwork, and master
paintings to serve as examples. The Teacher Resources include a glossary,
lesson ideas, goals, and objectives. Java enabled browsers are required to
play some games.
Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students
This site offers a range of online resources related to traditional arts,
folklore, anthropology, and oral history, including RealAudio interviews.
Figure Drawing Lab
This online tutorial has a primer on drawing materials, figure drawing,
and gesture drawing. Other major sections are proportion, shading and
texture, and construction. While this site is aimed at college level art
students, high school students will learn from the suggestions provided.
The maturity level of students should be considered since there are many
nude drawings of male and female figures.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
What's not to like about 70,000 digital images of famous artwork available
free on this Web site? What's more, the images are available at various
sizes and resolutions, searchable by keyword, artist, country, or period,
and browseable by medium/genre. Teachers guides are also included.
Focus on Sculpture
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis brings you the world of sculpture by
introducing what sculptors do and what they create with. Most images of
sculptures on the site can be clicked on for further information. There
are also Make it at Home ideas to experiment with. Try making your own
From Windmills to Whirligigs
Meet a man who makes windmill-powered whirligigs, some over 30 feet tall!
The whirligigs are amazing, with great detail and grand scale. To get an
idea of the size of the pieces, zoom in on the detail pictures. In one,
you’ll see soda cans used as components. When you zoom out, you’ll get a
better sense of the scale of the whirligig. There are activities for
students to make their own whirligigs. RealVideo Player and QuickTime are
required for different video clips. The site is graphic-rich, so be
prepared for long download times on slower connections.
George Eastman House: International Museum of Photography and Film
Students of photography shouldn’t miss this online exhibit of photography
from 1839 to the present. Collections are arranged by photographer,
photographic equipment and related technologies. The collection of
pre-cinema technology houses images from lantern slides, slip slides,
stereo images, polyorama panoptique, zoopraxiscopes, and other uncommon
images. The glossary is useful for explaining terms from technologies of
The Western History / Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library
houses a major collection of photography documenting the development of
the American West. Some of the GoWest Classics are photos of saloons,
wagon trails, Wild West shows, and famous Native Americans. Other images
in the Western Theme collection include cowboys, cowgirls, and gold
miners. Of special interest are photographer biographies such as David
Barry who was photographing people and places in the Dakota Territory
during the late 1870s. You can search the database of photos by keyword or
photographer. Use the Help page for searching guidance and a list of
Guardians of the North - The National Superhero in Canadian Comic-Book Art
We have all heard of Superman, Spiderman, and Batman, but have you heard
of these distinctive Canadian superheroes: Johnny Canuck, Canada Jack, and
the Northern Light? These superheroes have been promoting Canadian heroism
and patriotism since the early 1900s, but became most prominent during
World War II, when Canadian national superheroes were smashing the Axis
powers. You’ll find superhero profiles and creator biographies. Get those
pens and pencils out and start drawing!
Haida, Children of Eagle and Raven
The Canadian Museum of Civilization houses many Haida artifacts. The style
and quality is distinctive, whether painted on cedar or carved of stone.
Tour this exhibit to learn more about the significance and beauty of the
totem poles, masks, copper shields, baskets, and storage chests. The
mythology of the people is depicted in the form of crests, usually animals
such as Raven, the trickster. Profiles of many artists are included, with
examples of their work. You might want to view pages from the Index page,
so you won’t miss any of the sections.
Investigating the Renaissance
This site showcases research performed by Harvard scholars on three Dutch
paintings. The site offers an interactive program that demonstrates the
ways in which computer technology can be harnessed to add to our knowledge
about Renaissance paintings and how they were made.
Last Expression: Art from Auschwitz
Explore the making of art by prisoners of war in the Auschwitz-Birkenau
concentration camp, many created in secret, others with knowledge of the
Nazi officials. There is biographical information on the artists who
worked there, interviews with survivors, and essays on other forms of art
in the concentration camps, particularly musical and theatrical endeavors.
The section on Auschwitz includes information on the place, tours, and a
glossary. The virtual tours require QuickTime. Some essays are in pdf
format. Many images are disturbing.
Join Carmine Chameleon for an ArtEdventure into the mystery of a missing
painting. You'll find information about the Renaissance and Leonardo da
Vinci as you track down the stolen painting. As you find clues in
Leonardo's room that lead you to information about his inventions,
paintings, and interesting tools he used like a perspectograph. The
toolbar at the bottom of each page takes you out of the Leonardo section
but is filled with art activities and ideas, well worth investigating.
Make a Splash with Color
Created by the Tech Museum of Innovation and Adobe Systems Incorporated,
this online exhibit introduces students to the many different aspects of
color. Make a Splash with Color explores the 'ingredients' that make up
color, the different sources of light that create colors and how our
brains interpret color. Students can follow along through each section and
interactively try out many of the theories presented.
Moshe Rynecki Virtual Museum, The
Moshe Rynecki (1881-1943) was forced into the Warsaw Ghetto (Poland) in
1939 and later deported to a concentration camp in Majdanek where he died.
This site features some of his surviving paintings of Jewish life in
prewar Poland. They capture a culture that has been lost to the holocaust
and modern ways.
National Museum of African Art
Online versions of past and current exhibitions at the Smithsonian
Institution's National Museum of African Art house an excellent collection
of painting, currency, masks and figurative sculpture, ceramics, everyday
household objects, hats, photographs, furniture, and more.
National Museum of Wildlife Art
Using the Education section, find lesson plans and curriculum ideas for
wildlife art for middle and high school students. Art Tales encourages
students to tell stories by choosing a role of a frontier explorer, field
guide writer, or museum curator. The Collection section allows you to
search over 2000 images by artist, species, genre, medium, season of the
year, and century. Featured artworks are exhibited on a monthly basis.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
The National Museum of Women in the Arts houses pieces from women artists
of periods and nationalities that range from the Renaissance to modern
artists. Artist profiles of over 20 women are found, including Mary
Cassatt, Frida Kahlo, and Jaune Quick-To-See Smith. You can tour the
permanent collection with introductions to the time period and images from
the galleries. With Windows Media Player, you can listen to the audio
version of the tour with the museum’s founder. The text on the site and
the audio tour narration are different so be sure to access both versions
if possible. Bibliographies for each artist are provided for further
Odyssey Online is a journey through several museums to explore the ancient
Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and 19th-20th century sub-Saharan Africa.
Definitions and pronunciations to bold words are provided and you can
click each highlighted image for more information about the object. Listen
to stories, and find puzzles, games, and worksheets. The Teacher Resource
Site helps teachers by providing ideas how to teach with museum objects.
The site is aimed at elementary and middle school students. Adobe Acrobat,
Shockwave, and QuickTime are required to view the complete site.
Online Picasso Project
Texas A&M University brings you the life and works of Pablo Picasso in
sixteen periods, covering the years 1881-1973. Click on a year and read
what happened and what he did. Then click a margin photo and see where
Picasso lived and worked or click a thumbnail painting to view an
enlargement. The site links to museums around the world, some with photos
of his work on exhibit.
Puzzles in Art
These puzzles incorporate images from 20 works in the collections of the
Indianapolis Museum of Art. Each image depicts an animal and includes a
description of the artwork, who made the creature, the materials used,
where it is from, and when it was created. Intriguing questions and
activities are found throughout the site, including using a timeline with
images of other works to deduce similar styles and time periods. A
bibliography is included. QuickTime is required for the 360 degree video
clips of some objects.
This site is the product of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, which houses the
largest collection of art and history in the Netherlands. The core of the
museum's collection are the paintings of the seventeenth-century Dutch
Republic, the Golden Age, including works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans
Hals, and Jan Steen. Take the virtual tour room by room or click on a
favorite painting. Each painting can be enlarged. Click and drag your
cursor and explore every inch.
Watch the creation of a sand mandala made in the Indian Temple at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art by the Venerable Losang Samten. This Wheel of
Life sand painting depicts the Tibetan cyclical nature of life. The
painting construction link has a timeline to view the creation over five
days. Use your mouse in the Wheel of Life Explained to learn what each
section of the mandala means.
Selected African American Artists at the National Gallery of Art
The Gallery's collection of American art includes 154 works by African
American artists including Willie Cole, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence,
Edward L. Loper, Horace Pippin, Alma Thomas, and Charles Wilbert White.
Paintings can be enlarged for better viewing and some also have detail
images. There are bibliographies, narratives, and exhibition histories
related to each painting.
Timeline of Art History
The Timeline of Art History provides an overview of the history of art as
illustrated and represented in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's
collection. This site can be navigated chronologically or geographically.
The date range begins approximately 15,000 BC and will continue through
modern time. Key historical events are included on the timeline and
specific objects from the Museum are highlighted. A locator map and links
to additional information are provided.
Vincent Van Gogh Information Gallery, The
This incredible site assembled by David Brooks of Toronto, Canada contains
more than 2,830 pages and 2,775 graphics, 100% of Vincent van Gogh's works
(2,211 paintings, sketches, letter sketches, watercolors), a complete,
online catalogue raisonn`e of Van Gogh's oeuvre! Provides a site overview,
a chronological and thematic index to his works, biographical and other
resources, links to recent news stories from around the world, and free
Visible Knowledge Program, The
VKP pairs artist-instructors with high school educators to explore new
ways of integrating contemporary art with math, science, social studies,
language arts, and other core high school curricula. The curriculum units
can be found on their Web site in PDF format and schools are invited to
set up online classrooms, post recommended readings, upload students' work
and communicate with other classrooms all on the VKP Web site! VKP is an
educational outreach and curriculum development program based at the New
Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
Web Gallery of Art
The Web Gallery of Art contains over 6,000 digital reproductions of
European paintings and sculptures created between the years 1150 and 1750.
Many of the pictures are discussed and biographies of the significant
artists are given. A site search engine allows you to find pictures in the
collection using various search criteria. Seven guided tours are
presented, including the Sistine Chapel, Art of Spain, and Overview of
Italian Painters from 1200 to 1750.
What is a Print?
The Museum of Modern Art in New York shows how prints are made from
woodcuts, etchings, lithographs, and screenprints. Each style includes a
short description, a gallery of artworks, and an interactive demonstration
of how to create the prints. Try your hand at carving a woodblock, inking
a screen, and operating the printing press. This site is great fun to work
with! Maybe you'll want to try your hand at real printmaking. Requires
Flash, or choose the non-Flash version.
White House Collection of American Crafts , The
This collection from the Smithsonian Institution houses glass, fiber,
wood, metal, and ceramic pieces from the 1990s. You can tour the White
House by room or by medium of art. Each piece of artwork has images, a
description and an artist profile. Some artists also have answers to
questions related to their work. QuickTime or Vivo Player is required for
the video tours and RealPlayer is required for the audio clips.
Worlds of Art
Explore the world of art with the Getty Education Institute for the Arts
and the Los Angeles Culture Net. K-12 teachers will discover an
innovative, interdisciplinary approach to making use of the Internet to
help bring Los Angeles's worlds of art into the classroom. Teachers
outside of Los Angeles can also use the lesson plans and resources to
build connections between art learning and the art worlds of their own