reviewed and updated, January 1, 2006

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Architecture Through the Ages - explore the architecture of ancient civilizations and modern times in the ThinkQuest project.

Super Bridges - teacher's guide and resources from NOVA challenging students to determine four types of bridges.

High-Rise Pages - this site provides links to skyscrapers all over the world.

The Skyscraper Page - is fun and interesting. This site includes diagrams of skyscrapers listed by city, skyline photos and a search box by city.

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th. Century - ( Grades 4 - 12 ) - compiled by the national Academy of Enginers, each entry contains images, an introduction, a history, and a timeline.

Architecture Solar Virtual Reality Native American Archaeology - created by Dennis R. Holloway, a New Mexico architect living and working in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.

Creative Building Projects - projects include bridges, roller coasters, castles, catapults, solar collectors and more.

The Great Buildings Collection - ( 4 - 12 ) - This gateway to architecture around the world and across history documents a thousand buildings and hundreds of leading architects, with 3D models, photographic images and architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliographies, web links, and more.

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Artists and Topics

Art Stand - comprehensive directory of world artists.

Monet Gallery - concise collection of Monet paintings that can be used in discussion about Impressionism.

Michelangelo - (4 - 12) - this site is great destination to learn about the life and work of the genius behind the Sistine Chapel.

Haring Kids - (K - 8) - created by the Haring Foundation. This awesome site has a great collection of art and drama lessons in the style of the artist Keith Haring.

Salvador Dali Art Gallery - ( 7 - 12 ) - at this site enjoy the ground breaking artwork of Spanish Surrealism painter, Salvador Dali.

Impressionism - ( 1 - 8 ) - Impressionism: Paintings collected by European Museums was an art exhibition co-organized by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Denver Art Museum, touring from May through December of 1999. You can download or browse eight teacher lessons introducing the major themes of Impressionism for use in your classroom.

Study Art - here explore the world of art and artists through the interactive timeline and glossary


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Family Scrapbook Requirements - criteria for creating a primary source scrapbook, from American Memory. - ( K - 8 ) - this site has some great activities to do in the classroom including several seasonal ideas such as snowman cards and snow families.

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ArtCyclopedia - ( K - 12 ) - is an excellent source for information on all things art related.

AskArt - ( 4 - 12 ) - is a great online art encyclopedia with alphabetically arranged information about more than 28,000 American artists.

Art Dictionary - Welcome to ArtLex. You'll find definitions for more than 3,600 terms used in discussing art / visual culture, along with thousands of supporting images, pronunciation notes, great quotations and cross-references.

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National Gallery of Art for Kids - ( K - 12 ) - helps children develop interpretive and analytical skills through interactive discussions of paintings and sculpture in the National Gallery of Art, educational explorations, online art activities, and an animated musical story.

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Blackat's Free Web Graphics - well designed and worth visiting for the the Theme Gallery, which contains backgrounds, buttons, bars, and bullets, each centered around a particular theme.

ArtServe - ( 6 - 12 ) - created by Michael Greenhalgh, Australian National University. Here you will find an enormous collection of several thousand art and architecture images for use in the classroom. - contains an extensive list of clip art sites ranked according to its popularity.

WiseGorilla - maintained by Susan Metalis, this site features free educational clip art and links to other quality educational clip art.

ByDezign - this site offers a stunning collection of Web themes designed to save you time in your Web creations.

Awesome Clipart for Kids - the name says it all.

Clip Art Searcher - qucik search for icons and graphics on the Web.

Barry's Clip Art Server - Over 3 million quality photos, fonts, clipart images and animations!

Hee Yun's Graphic Collection - Clipart, Bullets, Bars, and Backgrounds For Your Homepages

AAA Free Backgrounds and Textures - here you will find over 2000 free textures and backgrounds for your website!

Absolute Web Graphics Archive - One of the largest collections of free Web graphics on the internet, with over 10000 arrows, lines, bullets, buttons, balls, clipart and icons for use in web pages or desktop publishing. Clip Art Index - subscription service

The Awesome Library Clip Art Page - Clip Art and Graphics

Web Places Clip Art Review - your guide to clip art on the Net.

Flaming Text - At FlamingText you can create cool, custom images for FREE, to use on your website, or in your e-mail. This site is very popular with middle school students.

Pics4Learning - This site offers "copyright friendly" images for use by teachers and students in an education context. The Pics4Learning collection consists of thousands of images that have been donated by students, teachers, and amateur photographers. Unlike many Internet sites, permission has been granted for teachers and students to use all of the images donated to the Pics4Learning collection.

CoolText - is an online graphics generator for web pages and anywhere else you might need an impressive logo without a lot of work.  We provide real-time generation of graphics customized exactly the way you want them.

Nix NASA Image Exchange - search for images, audio clips and video from the NASA education database.

KidsClick ! : Image Search Tools - excellent links to image collections for use by students.

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Hands - On

The Artist's Toolkit - ( K - 8 ) - each aspect of artistry is illuminated with an animated demonstration and examples of works of art from museums.

Visual Arts Online: Drawing Together - this site has been designed to help and encourage children to make storyboards and animate their drawings.

Go West, Young Artist - (5 - 8) - interactive game and lesson informs students about landscape composition.

Mark Kistler's Imagination Station - learn to draw in 3-D.

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Eric Carle Web Site - this official web site is dedicated to the art and books of this fabulous author and illustrator.

Bombo's Zoo - (K - 8) - this site created by graphic designer Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. Visitors can explore the online alphabet and identify the letters and words and enjoy the animation.


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Lessons and Curriculum

BC Ministry of Education IRP's - The Integrated Resource Package (IRP) combines four key elements of learning to form a functional curriculum overview document. IRPs provide the basic information that teachers will require in order to implement the curriculum. Here you find "Fine Arts", K - 12.

Middle School Art Page - ( 5 - 8 ) - this school Web site from Westmount Middle School is well-organized and offers the classroom teacher a wealth of lessons and art resources to expand the art curriculum.

Art Institute of Chicago Lessons - ( K - 12 ) - five lessons created by the Art Institute of Chicago to go along with visits to the museum but can be used with photos of the works or with other similar pictures.

Elementary Art Lesson Plans - ( K - 12 ) - created by a 30 - year veteran teacher, the lessons at Syrlyn Rainbow Dragon are organized as Hands-On Lessons or Computer Lessons.

Art Teacher on The Net - provides ideas for art projects for everyone.

Arts World Wide - Arts World Wide: Visual Arts Curriculum is a one semester arts education course for grades 10 to 12 which is intended to promote cultural literacy and to provide individuals with opportunities for creative self-expression.

Sanford's ArtEdventures - introduces primary grade students to shapes, colour theory and other art concepts using games, stories and rhymes.

Educational Web Adventure - features online art games such as A. Pintura : Art Detective.

The Art Studio Chalkboard - offers a collection of tutorial pages for older students, focusing on the technical fundamentals of drawing and painting.

ArtsEdge:Linking the Arts Through Technology - ARTSEDGE supports the place of arts education at the center of the curriculum through the creative and appropriate uses of technology. ARTSEDGE helps educators to teach in, through and about the arts.

Art Safari - is an amazing online adventure for children guiding them through a series of questions about four selected paintings.

Art Tales: Telling Stories with Wildlife Art - (Grades 3 - 8), students peruse portraits by famous artists and make observations as a frontier explorer, field guide writer, or museum curator.

ArtsEdNet - is a wonderful resource funded by the Getty Foundation. The site has some very creative, substantive, and multicultural art lesson plans and integrated units as well as a fabulous section entitled Curriculum Ideas.

A Brush with History - consists of two parts, a general introduction to portraiture and a list of the subjects featured in the paintings. Make a selection from the list of names, and it will show you a thumbnail portrait and a short biography. Larger high-resolution versions of the pictures are also available.

A Brush with Wildlife: Create a Composition with Carl Rungius - ( 4 - 8 ) - this site introduces visitors to the work of American Wildlife artist Carl Rungius. An animated display illustrates artisitic principles such as balance, contrast, movement, pattern, and proportion.

Art Rituals - this site contains detailed ideas for using contour drawing in the classroom using observations.

Guide to Tree Sketching - ( .pdf file ) - find here a fifteen page guide for a nature journal using trees as subjects.

Lessons Using Paint - Here are some excellent art curriculum ideas with techniques for using MS Paint to illustrate.

Paint Lesson Plan - A simple lesson but a good beginning for a thematic digital storytelling unit using the retelling of fairy tales.

Crayola Creativity Central - ( PreK - 8 ) - here find appropriate and engaging art lessons for all ages, as well as projects for stduenst with special needs.

African Art Lesson Plans - ( K - 6 ) - the three lessons contain instructions for creating African masks, shields, and Kente cloth-like placements.

The @rt Room - ( K - 12 ) - developed by Dr. Craig Roland, Assistant Professor of Art Education, University of Florida. Topics range from suggestions on how to teach drawing and painting to encouraging students to think about their art work.

Art Teacher Connection - ( 4 - 8 ) - is a full service resource for teachers and students of art. It provides links to online instruction, art reference sites for students, lesson plans that integrate art and technology, and teacher tools.

Avalon Arts Studio: Ideas for Teachers - ( PreK - 12 ) - Charlene McNally who is an artist, teacher and gallery owner uses this Web site to share some art ideas from her 25 years of teaching.

Color Theory - ( K - 12 ) - this site covers the introduction to color theory.



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The Kyoto National Museum - exhibits over two thousand of Japan's most treasured art objects.

WebMuseum - created by Nicolas Pioch for art lovers everywhere. You can enjoy over 10,000,000 images and documents from galleries and museums for free.

Art Museum Network - the art museum network provides links to close to 200 of the world's best museums from the large, well known institutions such as the British Museum of Art, to smaller establishments such as the Andy Warhol Museum and the Norman Rockwell Museum.

Metropolitan Museum of Art - this Web site for older students helps them understand artists' techniques by looking closely at how the work was created.

National Museum of Women in Arts - their mission is to recognize the acheivements of women artists from all periods of history and all nationalities.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - have compiled an impressive collection of online images.

Global Show-n-Tell - (K - 12) - is an online museum of children's artwork.

Baltimore Museum of Art: Matisse for Kids - ( K - 8 ) - is part of the online exhibit of the renowned Cone Collection, the Baltimore Museum of Art, has created an interactive investigation of the artist's work.

MuseumKids - ( K - 12 ) - is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts Web site. Here find activities for a real visit plus 15 great Web explorations.

National Postal Museum - Art teachers will definitely want to have their students view "Art of the Stamp," the online version of the museum exhibit that closed in February 2004.

Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) - There are two unique online resources at the SAAM site: TEACHART, a listserv for anyone interested in the many issues surrounding art education (click on "Education" at the left of the homepage), and "Ask Joan of Art"" which accepts e-mailed questions about American Art.

National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) - Although the actual NMAfA is physically smaller than some museums, its Web site offers a fascinating look at the collections.

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - "Sculpture is something you bump into when you back up to look at a painting," said the late American painter Ad Reinhardt. At the Hirshhorn, online visitors can "bump into' sculpture yet do no damage and possibly learn a lot.

National Museum of WildLife Art - learn about wildlife and art with the interactive games at this site, which helps students meet art and humanities standards and celebrate our environment.

How to Read a Painting - Learning Art Criticism Skills to Enrich the Museum Experience.

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World Wide Arts Resources - the place to look for artists, museums, online exhibitions, and galleries.

Elements of Art - the following topics are discuessed and elaborated on: Color, Line, Perspective, Shape, Space, Texture and Value.

International Child Art Foundation - The International Child Art Foundation (ICAF) is one of the premier organizations for the world's children. ICAF employs the arts as a dynamic channel to nurture children's creativity, as a language-independent medium to connect children around the world, and as a powerful catalyst for peace building.

From Cave Art to Your Art - Travel through time for 30,000 years of art media, from the cave art of early man to the art mediums of of today. Students will learn about art media and use video clips to create their own movie.

Envision Your World - curriclum materials that support social studies and science while incorporating digital imagery.

Adobe Digital Kids - introduction to digital photography and video with lessons, tips and training tutorials.

Art - Enter the World of ART.

Art Room - a virtual learning environment for exploring the world of art.

Digital Storytelling Cookbook - a recipe for creating a digital story.


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