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.
If you are not familiar with word clouds, than here is a new idea to add pizzazz
to projects that will be upcoming this year. Wordle offers Free software than can be utilized by teachers, academic learning coaches, or students. What a great way to use an unique idea for all types of reinforcement.
You simply input a bunch of text, URL, or del.icio.us tag and Wordle creates the word cloud for you. Simple, easy, and fun! What a wonderful way to incorporate technology into your various lesson activities.
"Wordle is a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide.
The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the
source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color
schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like.
You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with
your friends." - Wordle
Calling all artists out there! Just found this unique site that offers a collaborative-painting project. What a way to get your online learner involved with other artists of same likes! WebCanvas allows you to paint using basic tools to strike your creative fancy.
"WebCanvas is an on-line collaborative art initiative to create the World’s largest collaborative painting. Uniting the participation of a world-wide community of artists, this project endeavours to create an infinite and eternal painting that is continuously evolving.
On WebCanvas it is possible to paint using a number of different basic tools,
upload and post professionally drawn images, or simply watch others paint
This initiative is also completely open and free to anyone that wishes to participate, and the only requirement is to have an up-to-date web-browser capable of the latest web-technologies.
WebCanvas is different from other on-line painting initiatives mainly due to the introduction of the WebCanvas concept, where by a painting is no longer limited by a specific frame size. This innovative concept, that introduces a Web-based continuous and ‘virtually’ Infinite Canvas, is patent pending and was developed and conceptualized by Antonio Roldao Lopes." - WebCanvas info
I wish I knew of the website when my son was taking an art course online.
Styles and pigments became a good portion of his daily study. The course was
filled with interesting details of every aspect of art throughout antiquity.
Yet, despite the intricate course detail, more interactive experience was needed
to enable the subject matter to be grounded.
At Pigments Through the Ages students can pick
artistic techniques like normal and grazing and flip back and forth through the
same artwork seeing how these brush strokes are applied. Students can pick
various hues and see how colors are depicted and the history of each. There are
time periods where colors and pigments originated. This site is totally
interactive depending on individual need and art areas to be reinforced. As a
parent, I found the various Time Periods of expressive art to be quite
interesting. Just delving through each catagory, admiring the artists, felt
Here is another article by David Kupler which has great insight on new websites
for the gathering of clipart. Do check out some of these for instituting
classroom activities. They make projects fun!
A while back I did a top 10 sites for finding images and clip art for education. However, a lot of things have changed since then and a few of those sites no longer exist. A handful of new and exciting sites have been developed for education for finding images, which led me to creating a new list. Keep in mind, when searching for images for students it is always a good idea to have adult supervision/filtering
The following list is in alphabetical order.
15 Sites for Finding Images and Clip Art for Education
experience working in the K-12 environment.
Here's a delightful site I just had to share with you. The pictures and book
come out so professional looking, that it is worth the monetary value of the gift.
Mixbook allows you to create picture books with others. You can start creating your own book and then invite a few friends to build the rest of the book with you. User availability is so easy that a child can do it.
Mixbook is the easy and fun way to make completely customizable photo
books, cards, and calendars on the web – for free. With Mixbook, you aren’t
limited to static pre-designed templates – our powerful design software gives
you the freedom to lay out and design your creations to your heart’s content.
We’ve dedicated ourselves to bringing you the best experience in creating photo
products so that you can make keepsakes that truly reflect your vision. With
Mixbook, you can truly Make It Yours.
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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.