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Online Art Dictionary

February 20th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, February 20, 2016, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

ArtLex – Art Dictionary

(www.artlex.com/)

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

 

This site provides an online art dictionary that defines words and terminology used in the world of art through text and by linking to photographs and pictures of artwork that helps to describe the term.

For example, look up “Folk Art” in the Artlex Dictionary. You will see a description that reads: 

Art made by people who have little or no formal schooling in art. Folk artists usually make works of art with traditional techniques and content, in styles handed down through many generations, and often of a particular region. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, metalwork, costume, tools, and other everyday objects may all be folk art.

There are italicized words within that definition that are links. Click on them and see pictures of the items being described for a clearer understanding of the terms.

The Artlex Dictionary is comprehensive. Some of the topics include: 

  • Abstract Art
  • Architecture
  • Art Deco
  • Baroque
  • Byzantine
  • Cartoon
  • Collage
  • Cubism
  • Egyptian Art
  • Expressionism
  • Futurism
  • Greek Art
  • Harlem Renaissance Art
  • Hindu Art
  • Impressionism
  • Islamic Art
  • Japanese Art
  • Numismatic Art
  • Pop Art
  • Realism
  • Renaissance Art
  • Roman Art
  • Stone Age Art
  • Surrealism
  • Tapestry
  • Tessellation
  • Video
  • Watercolor
  • Woodcut

and many, many more!

You can search by genre, painting title, artist, art word, etc., through the A-Z index, or check out their shortcut list of popular terms and concepts. You will also find links to many other art resources on the Internet at this site. The Artlex Dictionary provides a simple way to introduce art to your family by clicking through the various art genres – and it is a great research tool for the serious art student.

Mysteries of Çatalhöyük

October 21st, 2010

Hi!  It’s Thursday, October 21, 2010 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
SMM: Mysteries of Çatalhöyük

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental guidance)

The Science Museum of Minnesota offers this kid-friendly interactive exhibit of an archaeological dig site in central Turkey called Çatalhöyük (look for the audio pronunciation on the “introduction” page).

Join a team of international archaeologists and through free, multi-media activities virtually excavate and explore the site to learn more about the Neolithic Period (aka the new Stone Age), when people began abandoning hunter-gatherer lifestyles to settle in communities, grow crops, and raise animals.

As explained at the website, “The excavations began in the 1960s headed by a British archaeologist named James Mellaart but were stopped due to the technical inability at that time to adequately preserve the findings. The dig restarted in the 1990s and will continue into the second decade of the 21st century!”

When you get to the site you’ll see a cartoonish drawing of an excavation site with an invitation to try one of the many activities. Use the menu to explore the site that includes:

*Introduction – Read about the project and watch QuickTime Movies of the project director conducting a Q&A about Çatalhöyük. Access a Glossary, Timeline, Maps, and additional Links and Resources.

*Activities – If you do nothing else, check these out! Your family will learn a lot and have fun too as you:

  • Make a virtual Neolithic dinner
  • Play an excavation game
  • Explore a home a Çatalhöyük
  • Read online comic books about what’s been unearthed at the dig site including skeletal remains, daggers, and owl pellets.
  • Get instructions for fun activities you can try at home such as painting a mural, restoring a postcard, or making clay balls.

*Mysteries – Discover the answers to questions about what the murals mean, why the dead were buried in the floor, what people ate for dinner and more.

*Artifacts – Take a virtual look at what has been excavated including artwork, pottery, figurines, stone tools, human remains and animal bones.

*Processes – Learn more about life at the dig site, watch a video of an actual excavation project, learn about micromorphology, zooarchaeology, paleoenvironment, paleobotany and more!

*Tours – Take virtual tours of the Çatalhöyük dig site and the Science Museum of Minnesota.

This is an incredible educational website for learning more about ancient history and modern science.

User-Created History Timeline

August 23rd, 2007

Recommended Website:

The Timeline Index

Age Range: about 10 and up (IMPORTANT: See note to parents below.)

List member, Christina Sonas, suggested this website. She wrote:

“I have been looking and looking for a good online timeline site and I think I stumbled across it. You can browse by who/what/when/where/which, and you can search. I think I’m in heaven. It’s got nice visuals, links to pages with more information, and so on. It looks to be a wiki (user-created) but it’s nicely filled out at this point.”

The Timeline Index is a portal that provides a user-created chronological context of the following categories:

  • PEOPLE, PERSONALITIES, & HEROES – You’ll find historical entries for Actors • Alchemists • Archaeologists • Artists • Astronauts • Composers • Conquerors • Dictators • Explorers • Inventors •
    Mathematicians • Musicians • Philosophers • Scientists • Settlers • US Presidents • Writers • Women, and much more!
  • SUBJECTS, EVENTS, & ISSUES – Explore the timelines for: Art • Culture • Education • Exploration • Health • Industry • Law • Nature • Politics • Religion • Sports • Disasters • Discoveries • Empires • Revolutions • Theories • War, and more.
  • PERIODS, AGES, & EPISODES – Examine these eras in chronological context: Bronze Age • Ice Age • Industrial Age • Iron Age • Middle Ages • Reformation • Renaissance • Stone Age, and more.
  • REGIONS, CONTINENTS, & COUNTRIES – Travel back in time to Africa • America • the Arctic • Asia • Europe • Middle East • Oceania, and the Universe.
  • OBJECTS, THINGS, & CREATIONS – See the context of a variety of topics through time such as Books • Film • Music • Paintings • Economics • Fiction • Myths • NonFiction • Poetry • Travel, and more.

Click on any timeline entry in any given topic area and a new page opens with further information that is user-created and includes some illustrations and urls to other websites where you can get more information.

You can also create your own timeline item and add it to the Timeline Index, or you can add a related link (URL) to an existing item. Details are available at the site and entries require registration.

NOTE TO PARENTS: While this is an exciting idea, it comes with an element of risk because it is user-created. There are a vast array of topics, so it was impossible to review all of the entries. While the website reserves the right to edit/remove items that are contributed to maintain quality, it’s unknown if editing occurs prior to posting. It’s also unclear if suggested links for further research are reviewed for suitable content. AS ALWAYS, parents should preview the site to determine suitability of content for their own children.

Best History Sites on the Net (CSAW)

October 19th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Best History Sites

This all-encompassing history website is a storehouse of over 1200 links to the best history resources for every era available on the Internet. It was designed by a teacher of history and technology, to provide quick, convenient, and reliable access to resources for history teachers and their students. The websites have engaging educational content presented in multi-media, interactive formats that include K- 12 history lesson plans, teacher guides, activities, games, quizzes, and more.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction with links to features on the website. Use the menu on the left side of your screen that includes:

  • PreHistory – Includes links to info on The Stone Age, cave drawings, etc.
  • Ancient/Biblical History – Includes links to sites about Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, Africa, Mesoamerica, the history of religions, and more.
  • Medieval History – Info on Europe and general resources about the period.
  • American History – Extensive info from pre-colonial to post cold war eras.

You’ll also find links to Early Modern Europe, Modern History, WW II, Art History, Oral History, and more. Don’t miss:

  • Lesson Plans/Activities – An abundance of quality teaching resources from PBS, BBC, Social Studies School Service, Library of Congress, and many well-known, web-based curriculum sources.
  • Games & Animations – Kids of all ages will love this! Each month the website features a new history game or animation for visitors to explore. You’ll also find an archive of links to interactive history games and quizzes organized by historical period.

Really, this is one of the best general resources for history I have ever seen on the Net. This gets a ClickSchooling Award for excellence.

The Stone Age!

January 26th, 2006

Recommended Website:
Flints and Stones

The British Museum of Antiquities sponsors this site where you can learn all about life during the Stone Age with a “Shaman” as your tour guide. Through artists renditions and photographs you can see what life among the hunter-gatherers was like as the Shaman explains (in easy-to-read text) the terrain, shelter, hunting and gathering of food, artwork and ceremonies of ancient people.

Also, at this site is the opportunity to tour the Stone Age through the eyes of an archaeologist. This tour provides detailed information on how climatic changes altered the environment and terrain and how it impacted ancient humans. You can view photographs of weapons and hunting tools that have been excavated, and you can see pictures of the caves and dwellings that were used. You will also learn about cave art and items used for adornment, and the rituals of hunter-gatherers.

Once you have taken the tours, you can learn about the misconceptions modern man harbors about Stone Age peoples — and get the real facts. You can also click on a timeline that gives perspective on when in history the Stone Age occurred.

When you are through exploring the site, take the Food Quiz to determine if you would survive as a hunter-gatherer today. You are shown pictures of various mushrooms and fungi, nuts and berries, and leaves and flowers. Next to the pictures is a question, “Would you eat this?” You are asked to click on “yes” or “no”. The results are interesting — and everyone in the family will have fun deciding what they would and wouldn’t eat in order to survive.

Dictionary of Visual Art

March 13th, 2004

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Recommended Website:
Artlex, Dictionary of Visual Art

This site provides an online art dictionary that defines words and terminology used in the world of art through text and by linking to photographs and pictures of artwork that helps to describe the term. For example, look up “Folk Art” in the Artlex Dictionary. You will see a description that reads:

“Art made by people who have little or no formal schooling in art. Folk artists usually make works of art with traditional techniques and content, in styles handed down through many generations, and often of a particular region. Paintings, sculptures, ceramics, metalwork, costume, tools, and other everyday objects may all be folk art.”

There are italicized words within that definition that are links. Click on them and see pictures of the items being described for a clearer understanding of the terms.

The Artlex Dictionary is comprehensive. Some of the topics include:

  • Abstract Art
  • Architecture
  • Art Deco
  • Baroque
  • Byzantine
  • Cartoon
  • Collage
  • Cubism
  • Egyptian Art
  • Expressionism
  • Futurism
  • Greek Art
  • Harlem Renaissance Art
  • Hindu Art
  • Impressionism
  • Islamic Art
  • Japanese Art
  • Numismatic Art
  • Pop Art
  • Realism
  • Renaissance Art
  • Roman Art
  • Stone Age Art
  • Surrealism
  • Tapestry
  • Tessellation
  • Video
  • Watercolor
  • Woodcut
  • and many, many more!

You can search by genre, painting title, artist, art word, etc., through the A-Z index, or check out their shortcut list of popular terms and concepts. You will also find links to many other art resources on the Internet at this site. The Artlex Dictionary provides a simple way to introduce art to your family by clicking through the various art genres — and it is a great research tool for the serious art student.

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