This lesson offers thought-provoking activities for grades 9-12 with this interactive in which students are given a limit and must decide what to bring on the Mayflower.
The Knotted Line
Unique, artistic timeline lets kids explore freedom in U.S. history
Pros: Interactive tool encourages students to think about complex issues; includes suggestions for multiple classroom uses.
Cons: The unconventional approach to learning history could be challenging for some.
Bottom Line: Students will benefit from this eye-opening and interactive approach to studying history.
Summary: Whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art
Pros: Great videos and a fun interactive map help kids get oriented to the real-life Met and its artwork.
Cons: Some kids may be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of content; it's hard to keep track of what you've already visited.
Bottom Line: A wonderful, endlessly detailed way to get kids engaged in the world of art.
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!
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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.