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."
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.
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.
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.