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Middle school research site...want to work on one ?


Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 18:49:13 PST

Hello fellow art teachers --

Would anyone out there like to work on a group project online creating
resources about artists for middle schoolers ? I am sure there are some
great sites out there already, but my students and I tend to find them
inconsistently useful -- wouldn't it be great to combine links / pages in an
easy to use format that is age appropriate (language / vocabulary and
I love using the internet as an easily accessible research tool in my
classroom -- I have four computers in my room, and kids have assignments that
have them browse the web for information. The browsing part can be very time
consuming, even with many of the great sites that are out there. Some sites
have art but no bio, or biographies and no art, or too much of each for
students to sift through in a short period of time. Some sites also have art
that I would rather my students' parents show them (recently I was asked what
"sodomized" means by a very honest student who had been on the Artchive
veiwing Dali pictures...I don't ever want that to happen again !)

My students have a limited art schedule, and I do not want their class
computer time dominated by the search for information -- I want them to be
able to find sites quickly and learn the information on them.

My fellow art teacher and I have talked about putting together a list of at
least fifty different artists and creating web pages that follow a consistent
format including:
> brief and easy to read biography info, written for middle school
> description of:
        the media most often used by the artist
        the subject matter the artist explores
        the style the artist employs
> a few well known examples of the artist's work (links or actual work,
depending on what's available)

I am thinking about this project for next year -- doing some research over
the summer, and working on the web docs next year.

If any of you have read this far and are interested in working on developing
this idea, please email me. It would be a lot easier for fifty people to
each research and prep one artist's work than one or two people working on
fifty artists !!

Thanks for reading through this ! Ideas & info welcome -- especially if you
know of a site that is already like the one proposed here !
Amy Ropple