Art Education For The 21st Century
The resources at these sites are grounded solidly in the best cognitive and creative approaches to art education.
The Art in Science is a unique site showing the interesting ways art and science intersect and interact. Areas include Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Astronomy, Earth, Technology, and Poetry.
Use the images on this site as a way of introducing new topics.
MOMA's Art Safari invites children to explore the painting and sculpture collection of The Museum of Modern Art. This site encourages learning about art by looking and sharing interpretations.
A series of questions guides students to make up stories based on four different artworks. None of the questions assume knowledge about the history of art. Following each question set, children can create their own artwork on the computer.
Use the site to prompt discussions within small groups or the entire classroom.
The Getty Museum turns traditional art education upside down. Rather than introducing themes and ideas through art history and then applying those concepts to art-making activities, the curriculum elicits these building blocks as students are engaged in activities. The activities culminate in the construction of a portfolio.
The premier art educators, like Eliot Eisner, in this field have contributed to the curriculum-in-formation. The site contains lessons within a unit, gateways to other sites, opportunities for program development and garnering support, and a nice browsing feature.
ArtsEdge is the Kennedy Center's free digital resource for teaching and learning, in through and about the arts. Their collection of free digital resources -- including lesson plans, audio stories, video clips, and interactive online modules -- has been streamlined for easier browsing and upgraded to leverage best practices in educational media and multimedia-supported instruction.
Kinetic Wave Sculptures
In this video from MAKE: television, Reuben Margolin, a Bay Area visionary and longtime maker, creates totally singular techno-kinetic wave sculptures. Using everything from wood to cardboard to found and salvaged objects, Reubens creates sculptures ranging from tiny to looming, motorized to hand-cranked. Focusing on natural elements, his work is elegant and hypnotic.
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Pintura is designed as a mystery site at which students learn techniques, such as brushstrokes, by comparing an old painting-artist unknown-discovered in an attic with masterworks to determine the name of the artist. Alternate pathways are followed until the right solution to the mystery is found.
Pretty cool. A simple assessment tool is included.
Inside Art complements Pintura -- only at this site students actually find themselves inside a painting and solve a mystery to exit.
010101 : Art in Technological Times, sponsored by Intel and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, demonstrates a walk around the gallery and zooming in on a work for understanding perspective as well as use of audio.
Click on LAUNCH to start the adventure.
Forced Perspective Game
A team of students from Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center developed this First Person Puzzle game built around Forced Perspective. This is a demo of the technology at work. A great jumping off point for a talk on Forced Perspective.
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Art Junction offers activities as well as art history.
The Seattle Art Museum has mounted an exhibit of Mexican modern paintings such as Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC illustrates major achievements in painting, sculpture, decorative arts and works on paper from the Middle Ages to the present.
A glimpse into the world of Impressionistic painters combines art history and composition in painting.
Red Studio at the NYC Museum of Modern Art was developed both by teens and curators.
and includes updates of current exhibitions.
Actually, it is interesting for most adults; for instance, differently colored overlays on Matisse's art offers new perspectives.
American Art at the Smithsonian offers collections that illuminate such events as the Civil War.
This professional site brings together art, music, theater, and dance educators to show technology-infused units and creative documentation of inquiry-based learning.
All teachers -- don't skip this area regardless of your specialty.