December 7, 2009


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  • A Lifetime of Color (
    A Lifetime of Color is a comprehensive resource of lesson plans, projects and techniques for teachers and educators to incorporate art, creativity and color into a variety of subjects like science, social studies, math and reading. These lessons are also tied to National Visual Arts Standards.
  • Art Access (
    Art Access examines objects from various areas of the Art Institute of Chicagos permanent collection. It includes a variety of lesson plans, family activities and other resources to enrich your understanding of art.
  • ARTiculation (…/index.htm)
    ARTiculation encourages you to look at a piece of artwork and to understand what goes into its making process. You will have opportunities to make informed judgments and to share personal insights about different types of art. Check out the Timeline and Vocabulary Section.
  • Web Gallery of Art (
    Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from 12th to mid-19th centuries. It is intended to be a free resource of art history primarily for students and teachers.
  • The Renaissance Connection (
    The Renaissance Connection lets you travel 500 years into the past to discover many Renaissance innovations. You can design your own innovation, investigate artworks in depth, discover how past innovations inform life today, and much more. Learn how all Renaissance life and culture resemble our own.
  • Color Matters (
    Color Matters introduces you to color theory and its multitude of definitions, concepts and design applications. You can learn about color symbolism, its effects on the body and our vision, its functionality in the world today and much more.
  • @rt room (
    @rt Room offers kids opportunities to create, to discover, to imagine, to invent, to learn, and to make their own art. The @rt room is designed around the idea of “activity” centers that encourage kids to create, to learn and to explore new ideas, places and things on their own. Teachers can check out the @rt teaching resources to get ideas.
  • DSO Kids (
    DSO Kids is a doorway to the world of musical for students, parents and teachers. It provides attractive, accessible and child-friendly resources that introduce symphonic music, the orchestra and its instruments, and to encourage both adults and young people to explore the world of the symphony orchestra. Check out the Teachers page for activities and other resources.
  • Destination: Modern Art (
    Destination: Modern Art is a Web site for children ages 5 to 8. It offers an interactive online gallery that serves as an introduction to The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and its affiliate, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center. Children have the opportunity to look carefully at works of art, to learn about artists, their techniques, and inspirations, and to engage in online and at-home activities. They can write poems about the works of art, find colors, create their own art, and much more.
  • SmARTkids (
    SmARTkids helps you see art in new ways. Look at different artworks, learn the language of art, explore art materials and unravel clues about the history of selected artworks. You can even visit an artists studio, and make your own art. And you can share your ideas with others. Check out Look & Share, Art Detective, Artist Studio and Art Speak.
  • The Getty Museum (
    The Getty Museum offers workshops and professional development programs that help you incorporate the study of art into your classroom. There are lessons and curricula for K12 and adult ESL teachers that meet visual arts content standards. Visit Whyville, an online world where kids can chat and play games, and join their online listserv for teachers and educators.
    Odyssey is an interactive journey through ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Near East; the ancient Americas; and sub-Saharan Africa of the 19th and 20th centuries. You can explore works of art from the collections of Emory University’s Michael C. Carlos Museum and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. These objects–made from stone, clay, wood, metal, and fiber–tell us fascinating stories about the people who made them, in distant lands and times. When you see a picture of a museum object, click on the picture to learn more about it. Enjoy the journey!
  • The Grandeur of Viceregal Mexico (
    The Grandeur of Viceregal Mexico is a comprehensive exhibition Web site that shows how many cultures contributed to the unique styles and forms of colonial Mexican art. You can understand the contribution of the artistic traditions of the Aztecs and earlier indigenous cultures, and notice how Spanish art itself combines European styles with those of the Islamic culture of the Moors in its influence. There is a section for teachers that provides an overview of the exhibit, lesson plans focusing on art and social studies areas, printable activities, and interactive games. These games help students learn how goods were transported to Mexico from Spain and the Far East, and to design their own ceramic pieces, create a book of works in the exhibition, and create crazy combination portraits. In English and Spanish.
  • SFS KIDS Fun With Music (
    SFS KIDS Fun With Music provides a great way for people of all ages to hear, learn, and have fun with music. Instruments of the Orchestra is a section that allows you to learn about the four families of instruments. The Music lab section lets you experiment with the sights and sounds of music: Tempo, Rhythm, Pitch, Harmony, Symbols, and more. You can also choose songs and use the Performalator to play them, or you can make your own tune with the Composerizer. Also, send a postcard to a friend.
  • Essentials of Music (
    Essentials of Music is the site for basic information about classical music for the casual listener or the music student. It introduces you to the best music of the six main periods in music history: Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and 20th Century. You will also find brief biographies of nearly 70 composers and a glossary of 200 definitions with numerous musical examples.
  • ArtsEdNet (
    ArtsEdNet aims at providing a comprehensive approach to learning and teaching in and through art. The suggested activities are linked to the National Standards for Art Education. The Lesson Plans & Curriculum Ideas are for K-12 teachers, curriculum developers, and other arts advocates. These plans and ideas can be used to create sequential units of study, evaluate student work and track their development, among other possibilities. There is also information on 18 ability areas in art based on the four art disciplines. Teachers can also submit samples of their students work.
  • Art Safari (
    Art Safari invites you to explore the painting and sculpture collection of The Museum of Modern Art. This site also encourages learning about art by looking and sharing interpretations. A series of questions will guide you to make up stories based on four different artworks. Younger children are encouraged to talk about what they see, and type in their replies; older children can interact with the program on their own. The series of questions help you develop observational skills by asking you to describe what you see. In addition, you can create your own artwork on the computer, or you can carry out projects by painting, drawing, or making a sculpture.
  • Eyes on Art (
    Eyes on Art offers activities designed to help students learn and apply visual arts vocabulary and understand how artistic elements and design techniques function in paintings. The six sections have activities designed to lead in a progression. Beginning students start with You Choose, which allows them to make a connection with different paintings before they discuss what elements make something a good work of art. More advanced students can begin with Double Visions, where they embark more in depth on the adventure of seeing a work of art.
  • Ad Dissection 101: Exposing media manipulation (
    Ad Dissection 101: Exposing Media Manipulation gives you the opportunity to find out why some ads seem to be more effective than others, why some songs and images stick in your head, and why some ads make you feel better, inadequate or with the urge to acquire something you just saw. You can take the Ad Slogan Quiz and see how many messages advertisers have managed to sink in your head. You can also take the roles of a scientist and a media consultant to complete three interactive tasks designed to uncover the strategies and techniques used to manipulate you as a consumer.
  • Arts Edge (
    Arts Edge offers free, standards-based teaching materials for use in and out of the classroom, as well as professional development resources, student materials, and guidelines for arts-based instruction and assessment. It advocates creative use of technology to enhance the K-12 educational experience and empowers educators to teach in, through, and about the arts by providing the tools to develop interdisciplinary curricula.
  • Color, Contrast & Dimension in News Design (
    Color, Contrast & Dimension in News Design is an online guide that explains color theory and shows how it is used in design through examples and exercises. Navigate through the eight interactive sections and learn!
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    Music Theory offers interactive tutorials on topics such as staff, clef, and ledger lines, note duration, dots and ties, and more. You can also select different trainers to improve your skills and take advantage of the tools in the utilities section. Stand-alone versions of these two sections can be downloaded, too.
  • A Brush with Wildlife (
    A Brush with Wildlife talks about balance, contrast, movement, and proportion in composing a work of art. You can create your own work of art and submit it to the Critique Gallery for review. Teachers can find suggestions as to how to use this lesson in conjunction with Language Arts, Math, and Social Science.
  • 3d&i (
    3d&i offers you the opportunity to put your artistic awareness, technical mastery, and critical skills into practice by discovering how art and design become part of our daily lives. The three main sections: Discover, Design, and Discuss provide interesting activities for you to do. Check out the galleries, too.
  • Color Theory (
    Color Theory teaches you how to mix colors and put them in the right way to create great artwork. Check out Carmine’s Introduction to Color and the Slider Puzzles.
  • Thomas Hart Benton’s Arts of Life in America (…Mainj.html)
    Thomas Hart Benton’s Arts of Life in America is a look into the life in America in the 1930s through large wall murals. It also provides you with interesting activities to practice color and composition.
  • Free Kids Music (
    Download full, high-quality of a wide variety of genres of children’s music absolutely free! You will find everything from educational, holiday, Christian, sing-along, dance music, silly music, and more! The creators of this Web site have assembled a list of talented music artists who have agreed to provide some of their songs for free, available to listen to on your computer, burn to a personal cd, or download to your MP3 player.

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