The Picture Collection from the New York Public Library offers a searchable online database of more than 30,000 digitized images from books, magazines, newspapers, original photographs, and more; most of these were created before 1923. Whether you are interested in armies or umbrellas, dragonflies or dragoons, you are likely to find images here. Other topics include American history, animals, costumes, fashions, dragons, hairdressing, shoes, punishments, and much more. Whether you are in need of a primary source picture for a project, or if you are just curious about photography or prints of the past, this is one site you’ll want to check out.
Fotojet should be one of the first places you and your students look to produce beautiful collages and cards online. Educators and students have produced thousands of quality products with online available photos or personal submissions. Fotojet encourages you and your class to get creative and share with friends and family. The site even includes cover projects to enhance your social media site. Don't miss it!
Impressionism is an art movement whose unique style is defined by small, thin, and visible brush strokes, and which focuses on accurate depiction of light. Subjects of paintings are ordinary subjects as seen from the human perspective. To learn more about Impressionist art, and especially American Impressionism, visit this site. Here there are examples of works by many of the American Impressionists. With each work there is a brief bit of information regarding the work. With the slideshow on the site, get an overview of the many paintings created by Americans. If you are looking for a particular painting, scroll to the index to find the painting you are looking for.
Gotta cool pick you want to play with and add to a project? On this site you will learn how to edit and improve that picture utilizing Adobe Photoshop. This site contains tutorials on how to edit and publish images. Learn how to crop or re-size a picture, adjust tonal properties, color correct images, improve photos overall appearance, sharpen and improve clarity, and how to save images in different file formats with these easy to follow tutorials. Best of all it's FREE!
Are you a potential artist just waiting for inspirations and opportunities to express yourself? The National Gallery of Art has created this impressive gateway to make its vast collections accessible to students who love art. Colorful, fun, and interactive, it has links to an "Art Zone," where kids can make art online, to downloadable guides for families planning trips to the museum, and to closeup looks at some of the museum's treasured holdings.
Check out Pierre-Auguste Renoir at this exhibit from The National Gallery in London. It gives a brief biography of Renoir, focusing on the influences of other artists on his approach to painting. View twelve of his paintings that are part of the gallery’s collection. Each painting can be examined more closely by using the magnifying glass. You can read about the individual paintings, find out about the medium Renoir used for the painting, and see the size. You'll see quite a few famous paintings here!
Here’s an amazing cove of lesson plans and photographs that show how to teach color theory. Yes, and there is the edible color wheel which uses vanilla wafers, frosting, and food coloring. What lesson plan wouldn't be a hit with the students? Another lesson teaches students how to make tint and shade strips to help them see gradations in color. Find color wheel vocabulary, examples of complex color wheels, and a lesson for making motif color wheels. Get out of the hum-drum lesson plan life and try one of these!
Use this game based on a painting by 19th century American painter Winslow Homer to learn about his art and sports. Play this game easily by looking at the picture, reading the question, and clicking to find the answer. Along the way, you will find out something about the history of various sports. You’ll also learn a little about Winslow Homer. Although the game is geared to elementary age students middle school students will enjoy learning facts that they didn’t know about various sports.
This exhibition from the Philadelphia Museum of Art depicts the art and life of Paul Cézanne stating the impact he has had on other artists. Special features of this online exhibit include a 3-part podcast by Joseph Rishel, who curated the exhibit, some teaching material, and a detailed chronology that spans from Cézanne's birth in 1839 to 2008. One of the delights of the chronology is that most of the artists mentioned are linked to images of their work held by the museum. This allows the viewer to access the works of a dozen of the most important painters influenced by Cézanne.
On October 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso, one of the greatest painters, graced this earth. By celebrating his recent birthday, you can take a trip to Málaga, Spain, Picasso’s birthplace and visit the Picasso Museum. At this destination you will find a collection of Picasso’s memorable works along with a history of the museum, and a timeline of Picasso’s life. In the section containing Picasso’s works of art, you can follow his growth and change as an artist by clicking on “Decades.” See how his technique changed from the 1880s to the 1970s. See drawings, paintings, and even sculpture.
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Valerie Bourbour is a certified educator and past Co-Director of The Academy of Ormond Beach. Ms. Bourbour has experience in online learning platforms and aims for student success.