Smithsonian Interactive - Check the site for more!
Dear Art Educators,
I am embarrassed to say I have not been to the Smithsonian site for while.
SO much new stuff has been added. I kept up pretty much with African art and
Native American art...but WOW! there is so much there to see. Below are just
a few of the "new to me" online presentations (and some goodies that have
been posted before). Great sites to share with your students. I will be
featuring the Smithsonian in August on Great Sites. My survey poeple are
looking for interactive sites that they can use with their students - post
great stuff you come across this summer.
Here is an excellent exhibit for a North West Coast Artist:
Instrument of Change
The work of Tlingit artist Jim Schoppert
Neat Interactive exhibit on ceramics of Noguchi:
Isamu Noguchi and Modern Japanese Ceramics
This playful interactive explores Japanese ceramics and Noguchi's life and
visits to Japan
Explore African Art Collection:
This is great for your own personal research. Explore it to see how you can
use it with students.
Contemporary Chinese artists - Great tie in with Calligraphy and unit on Art
Word Play: Contemporary Art by Xu Bing
Language-based installations from a renowned Chinese artist
For those interested in Design - see Pierre Legrain (African inspired
furniture), Henry Dreyfuss, and Alexander Girard - Good for art career
The Fabric of Moroccan Life - will interest those into textiles of cultures:
http://www.nmafa.si.edu/exhibits/fabric/index.html Some interactive
activities for students.
Ethiopian Icons Faith and Science (integrating Art and Science)
And do look at Ethiopian Passages: dialogues in the Diaspora --10
I particularly like these collage works:
Ceramics of interest:
You will want to take time to se them all....
The Jewels of Lalique - Rene Lalique:
Edward Hopper Scrapbook (this has been posted before):
Olowe of Ise - Yoruba Sculptor:
I did a seventh grade ceramics project inspired by his work.
Edward Nelson's Collection of Yup'ik Masks
Native Alaskan Yup'ik masks presented from a Yup'ik perspective
Also see http://www.conexus.si.edu/map/yupgal.htm for contemporary Yup'ik
Contemporary Folk Art - 73 works from the collection:
Audible Artworks - African Musical Instrument - great for interdisciplinary
connection with music:
Asian Traditions in clay - good source for images for your PowerPoint:
American Kaleidoscope:Themes and Perspectives in Recent Works - Excellent
exhibit for contemporary art from artists with diverse cultural backgrounds
(has several by Frank Romero). give some information about each artist. 14
American Impressionism - presents 52 artworks:
Lure of the West - Portraits and landscapes from the American west. 70
artworks form the collection - Well worth a visit.
Those interested in textiles will want to see Honor and Comfort: Native
http://www.conexus.si.edu/quilts2/index.htm and Woven by Grandmothers:
Tracking the Buffalo:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/hohr/buffalo/index.html This is great for
kids - What Story Does it Tell?:
http://americanhistory.si.edu/hohr/buffalo/abouthides_frmset.html More to
Indian Humor - Excellent exhibit of contemporary work (this has been posted
Who Stole the Tee Pee - Contemporary Native American Art - excellent!:
A Concrete Vision: Oshogbo Art in the 1960's (Nigerian art):
Posters American Style: Good for those looking for Graphic design.
Celebrity Caricature in America:
Browse more at Art and Design -
http://www.si.edu/art_and_design/ - Browse
by artist, by fields and by culture.
See more crafts and folk art:
History and Culture will give you more quality sites:
Judy Decker - Ohio
Incredible Art Department