Here is a pretty slick way to capture pictures off of the web and
immediately put them in a collection without having to go to a lot of
First: go to http://www.artsconnected.org.
It's important that you do this using Netscape Navigator in order to access
all of the functions available. This is the Mpls. Institute of Art / Walker
Art Center combined interactive web site ( I have been giving 'workshops' on
this site for the past year, several online at Tappedin.org)
Second: click on the icon that says 'art gallery'.
This page has a series of different features including 'Art Collector' - the
icon on the top right that features the marbles. Art Collector allows you
to put together images that are either from the 2 museums digitized
collection - soon to be up to 10,000 works, and / or include images and
links from the internet, including images from other museums.
Third: begin a collection.
Click on the 'Art Collector' icon. Log in as a new user. Name your first
collection - names can be changed by using the 'retitle' feature found on
the collection screen.
Fourth: collect images from the site.
From the 2 museums works that you may choose from, you simply have to click
on the 'add to my collection' feature that will bring the image right to the
collection that you are forming - the order may always be changed. You will
also find that you can add a detail of the image as well using the looking
glass tool. Images can also be deleted at any point. You can also add text
to the images that you find at the museums by utilizing the 'Add Text'
feature. Text provided from the museums can also be cut and pasted into
these text boxes.
Fifth: collect images from the internet.
Remember to 1st bookmark the site before venturing off into the internet so
that you get back to your collection easily. When you find an image (search
tools such as google.com and ditto.com are highly recommended), you merely
have to click on the image and scroll down to 'Copy Image Location' and then
release the button on your mouse. Go back to your collection and open a
'text message' box - this function is located on the blue bar on the
collection screen. Click inside of the text box so that the cursor is
flashing inside of it. On your keyboard, hold down the Control Key (the
open apple key on a Mac), and the 'v' key at the same time. This will cause
the html script that identifies the image's location to appear. The text
will need to be altered in order for the image to appear instead of the
letters. To do this, type '<img src=' in front of the location and simply
add a '>' at the end (note= do not add the single quotation marks shown
here). Underneath the text box simply click on the 'Use this text' icon and
the image will appear.
Sixth: displaying the collection.
Back on the blue control bar is a function called 'present'. By clicking on
it you will see what your collection looks like and how it will appear when
you display it. There is also a 'publish' feature that you can click on as
well that allows the collection to be displayed by assigning it its own URL
address that is then saved on the museum's web site. Anyone that you give
the address to will also be able to see the collection from any computer.
If you want more info, you can go back to the main screen of artsconnected
and go to the 'For Your Classroom' icon that has a downloadable teacher's
guide available in PDF format. You can also go to
http://www.artsconnected.org/tutorial and scroll through the online help
information that is available there as well.
Note that this is only one of the many uses that artsconnected has, but I
think that you will find it very useful. Also, check out Tappedin.org's
monthly calendar (http://www.tappedin.org), at the beginning of the month
and you will find out when they have slotted me in to give the next