Posts Tagged ‘art history’

Visit the Web Gallery of Art

September 15th, 2017

 

It’s Friday, September 15, 2017, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Web Gallery of Art

(www.wga.hu/index.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1100-1850). It contains over 14,500 reproductions. Artist biographies, pictures of the artwork, commentaries on the artwork, and (best of all) virtual guided tours are available at this site.

This site is so remarkably comprehensive that when you select a particular tour – say, the “Overview of Italian Artists” – a screen pops up with a map of Italy asking you to pick the region of Italy that produced the “school” of artists whose work you would like to see. Once you choose the region, another screen pops up with a description of the school of art that was popular there, and a list of artists. Choose an artist, and a screen appears that shows their artwork, along with a biography of the artist and commentary on their artwork. There are currently 15 tours available at the site – including a tour of the Sistine Chapel.

If you don’t want to tour, you can search for the artwork you want to see by artist, artwork title, region, etc. The index and cross-references are well-designed to help you locate the art you want to see. In addition, you can explore the site in a “duality” mode – viewing 2 pieces of artwork at once to contrast and compare!

Another great aspect of this site is that is has a Free postcard service. Do you see a picture that you think your friend would enjoy? Then select the postcard button and it will be sent to your friend in the form of an electronic postcard instantly!

Oh, don’t forget to choose from among the selections of classical music you can listen to as you explore this site. They really have thought of everything to make your visit to the Web Gallery of Art enjoyable.

Visiting this site regularly would be like taking a college-level art history course. The text, paintings, sculptures, and history will provide continuous enjoyment for the whole family.

Art History Resources

August 26th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, August 26, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Art History Resources

(arthistoryresources.net/ARTHLinks.html)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

A professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College developed and maintains this website that is an AMAZING resource for exploring artwork in all of its mediums, by all cultures, throughout time.

When you get to the site you will see a menu that divides the artwork into eras, specific countries and cultures, and certain mediums including: 

  • Prehistoric Art
  • Mesopotamian Art
  • Egyptian Art
  • Greek Art
  • Roman Art
  • Art in Late Antiquity
  • Art in Early Europe
  • Islamic Art
  • Early Medieval Art
  • Gothic Art
  • Renaissance Art in Italy
  • Renaissance Art in Europe
  • Baroque Art
  • 18th Century Art
  • 19th Century Art
  • 20th Century Art
  • Contemporary Art
  • Asian Art
  • African Art
  • Americas & Oceania Art
  • Prints & Photographs

There is even a directory of art museums by country!

Simply click on a link of interest, and discover text and photographs that show and explain the art, the artist, and its significance. There are hyperlinks within the text and resources for further exploration.

Be a Portrait Detective

June 3rd, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, June 3, 2017, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Portrait Detectives

(www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/portraits/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

The Walker Art Gallery provides this fun website for kids that lets them learn about art history through the study of portraits.

The site explains that a portrait is a treasure trove of clues and ideas. It can tell you who a person was, how they lived and what they thought about themselves. It can even tell you about the painter and their life.

Using paintings from the Walker, the website provides a tutorial on how to find and interpret clues in a portrait. You can take a virtual “Guided Tour” of three portraits in which the museum explains the portrait to you, or you can visit the “Explore” section where you do the detective work and find the clues yourself.

To begin your investigation, go to the website where you will see a menu of six portrait icons. Click on any of the three portraits in the top row, and a new page opens with instructions for how to take the “guided tour” through pictures and text. Click on any of the three portraits in the bottom row, and a new page opens that allows you to begin your own exploration of the portrait by finding clues that answer the questions provided.

Be sure to click on the button “Something To Do” right above the portrait menu. It offers activity suggestions to enhance learning offline.

The site is designed so that your whole family can enjoy doing a computer activity together.

Art History Day by Day

April 2nd, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, April 2, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Artcyclopedia

(www.artcyclopedia.com/)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

Want to be inspired by artwork each and every day of the year? In addition to a treasure trove of information about artists, this website features a this-day-in-art calendar. That’s right, each and every day of the year you can log on to this website and read about artists who were born or died on today’s date.

When you get to the site, look at the right sidebar and select today’s date in the “Other Resources” section. When the page opens, you will find information about artists who were born or died on this date. There is a biography to read with links to photographs of their work.

All of the dates of the year are archived here too – so you can look up your birthday or anniversary or any other date to see what happened in art history! Just click on today’s date in the column to your left, under “Resources,” to reach today’s entry, then click “In Art” near the top of the page to find the clickable calendar.

This is an amazing resource that you will want to bookmark and visit again and again.

A. Pintura: Art Detective

January 9th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, January 9, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Pintura Art

(www.eduweb.com/pintura/index.html)

Age Range: 9-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

This may be one of the most wonderful sites on the web for an introduction to art. Pasted below is the explanation taken directly from the website – but let us tell you, it doesn’t do it justice.

Explanation from the website:


What is It? A. Pintura: Art Detective is an online game about art history and art composition. In the game, you play a 1940’s noir detective with a degree in art history. A distraught woman asks you to identify the artist who made a painting she found in her grandfather’s attic. To do so, you must examine paintings by famous artists from Gauguin to Van Gogh. Each example highlights an art concept such as composition, style or subject. The story concludes with an appropriate noirish twist, as the woman’s true identity and motives become apparent.


Art Concepts/Vocabulary: 

  • subject
  • portrait
  • style
  • Renaissance
  • abstract
  • composition
  • color
  • perspective
  • brushstroke

Artists featured: 

  • Raphael
  • Titian
  • Millet
  • Van Gogh
  • Gauguin
  • Picasso

The game is fun and interesting and it draws you into play even if you know the answer or discover it early on in the game. Just go to the site – you won’t be disappointed.

Global Children’s Art Gallery

September 5th, 2015

 

It’s Saturday, September 5, 2015, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Global Children’s Art Gallery (http://www.naturalchild.org/gallery/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

This website, sponsored by the Natural Child Project, presents an online gallery of children’s artwork. It is an absolute delight to view the colorful drawings of children from all over the world.

When you get to the site, look in the center of the webpage. There, you can click on the colorful number button that takes you to the most recent drawings that have been submitted to the site. Or, you can click on the “Random page” text link that will allow you to see drawings that have been submitted to this site since its inception. Each piece of art is accompanied by a picture of the flag of the country the child is from – and over 63 countries are represented, as well as information about the artist and artwork! This site provides a wonderful venue for encouraging the artist in your child. It may even motivate your little “Picasso” to submit their own drawing for all the world to see.

Don’t miss the list of recommended art books for children found in the upper menu under “Books”. There are titles covering everything from exploring art history with children to encouraging artistic expression in children – as well as how-to books that help families learn to draw and paint together.

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