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From: Patricia Knott (pknott_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Nov 08 2003 - 18:47:11 PST


I got this from the Education World site.
Unfortunately I have some bad RAM and not enough memory to open.
It sounds interesting so just passing along without previewing.

Patty
SmARTkids
OVERALL GRADE: A+
http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/smartkids/index.html
Grade Level: Pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, Parents

CONTENT: A+
This site from the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago was developed
to help students ages 7-12 to "discover ways to look at, think about, and
respond creatively to art."

AESTHETICS: A+
SmARTkids uses Flash technology to present the site in a bright animated
format that children ages 7-12 will enjoy. Users have the option of changing
the background color of the site. Flash Player is required and can be
downloaded from the site.

ORGANIZATION: A+
The site is organized into four major sections; Look and Share, Art
Detective, Art Speak and Artist Studio. Links to each are located on the
main page and navigation through the site is intuitive. There is also a link
to the handy site map in the upper left corner of the page.

REVIEW: A+
SmARTkids offers kids and adults new ways of learning about art. The four
main areas of the site each give a different way to think and learn about
art. The Art Detective is a game that allows youngsters to choose the right
labels for some of the artwork in the Smart Museum. Think and Share offers
ways to make sense of artworks by exploring a sculpture, learning what makes
a painting or photograph or how artists tell a story through art. Children
can visit the Art Studio for a look at how photographs are developed, read
an interview with and artist and tour an artist studio. Art Speak teaches
children the language of art. This illustrated glossary gives a simple
definition, pronunciation and offers an open-ended question and a link to an
online journal to help children organize their thoughts. Additionally there
are hands on activities that can be printed and completed offline, a
teacher's section with ways to integrate the site across the curriculum, a
parent's section with
 ways to use the site with their children and an artwork of the month page
that features one artwork from the museum's collection with focusing
questions and a related activity.

RELATED REVIEWS:

Fine Arts: Art History
http://www.educationworld.com/awards/past/topics/fine_arts.shtml#Art%20Histo
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