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 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.
The Kennedy Center provides a 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.
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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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.
American Art at the Smithsonian offers am impressive collection of teacher guides, resources and videos. The guides are identified with corresponding standards and grade levels, and most are in PDF format. Student worksheets and other printable resources are also provided.
All teachers -- don't skip this area regardless of your specialty.