Posts Tagged ‘art’

Visit a Virtual Art Museum

September 18th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, September 18, 2020, 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 6112, with parental supervision)

 

The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture from the 13th to 19th centuries. It contains over 49,500 images. 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 Painters” – 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 16 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.

NOTE: Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise internet access.

Trick Photography Explained

September 5th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, September 5, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The American Museum of Photography – Photographic Fictions

(www.photographymuseum.com/photographicfictions.html)

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

 

Explore the history of trick photography with this website from The American Museum of Photography. The museum offers an exhibit called “Photographic Fictions: How The Camera Learned To Lie” that documents the history of how photographers used the camera to create pictures that tampered with reality. This online exhibit is really a companion to a book by the same title.

The exhibit is set up like a book – you simply click your way through the chapter pages to see great pictures and read text that illustrates the progress of trick photography from altered daguerreotypes to composite photographs designed to fool the eye. When you get to the site you will see a menu that includes: 

  • Introduction: Tampering With Perfection – Find out how early photographers used embellishment to improve upon reality.
  • Montages, Multiples & Mischief – Discover the secrets of double exposures and the art of creating photomontages.
  • Do You Believe? Spirit Photography, 1868-1935 – In early photography a person who moved out of camera range after only a portion of the exposure was completed would appear as a see-through blur or a “ghost.” One photographer claimed he had taken actual photographs of ghosts, starting a fad of spirit photography and a scientific controversy that lasted well into the 20th century. See the images and read the story in this section.
  • Seeing Double: Creating Clones With a Camera – In the 1860s, photographers developed techniques to duplicate people – causing them to appear twice in the same photograph. These double-exposure novelties were popular for more than three decades.
  • Faux Snow: Climate Change In the Studio – See how photographers created winter climate conditions in their studios.
  • “Did You Ever Have a Dream Like This?” – Check out the home-grown surrealism of trick photographer “Dad” Martin.

This online exhibit provides a really fascinating peak at the development of an art form of illusion. It makes one question the belief that “the camera doesn’t lie.”

Note: Today’s featured website houses other exhibits by the American Museum of Photography as well. We have not previewed the other exhibits, so our suggestion (as always) is for parents to review the content for suitability before sharing it with your children.

DownloadDinosaur Art Projects

August 15th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, August 15, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Download-a-Dinosaur

(http://www.rain.org/~philfear/download-a-dinosaur.html)

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

 

This site has all kinds of downloadable and printable dinosaur designs that you can color, cut out, and glue together to make fun playthings and decorations.

When you get to the site you can watch a quick video. Then scroll down to see photographs of some of the creations you can make from the designs at this site. Click on any of the dinosaur names you want to make. For example: 

  • Raptor
  • Stegosaurus
  • Spinosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • And more!

You can use the “Select A Dinosaur” dropdown box as well. Choose a dinosaur and click the “Go” button and a new page opens with the design and easy instructions for how to assemble it. Print out the design using your browser print option. These designs can be made in less than 30 minutes! It’s a great art project or craft activity – and educational too! 

Explore the Life and Work of M.C. Escher

June 19th, 2020

 

It’s Friday, June 19, 2020, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Tour: M.C. Escher – Life and Work

(https://www.nga.gov/features/slideshows/mc-escher-life-and-work.html)

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

 

The National Gallery of Art sponsors this site that offers a virtual tour of the artwork of M.C. Escher

If your students have studied math tessellations they may have been introduced to some of Escher’s work already – as he used patterns of interlocking forms and architectural mazes in his artwork. He also created unusual spatial effects by drawing a picture from different perspectives, for instance, looking up and down at the same time. Escher really contributed to the idea of metamorphosis drawing where one shape or object turns into something completely different. This tour offers examples of all of these aspects of his work and most kids will find the “morph” prints and drawings especially fascinating.

When you get to the site you can read the “Overview” for a biography and explanation of Escher’s work. Then click on the right arrow to view all of the many works in this virtual gallery. Each piece of art comes with a text explanation that helps the viewer to appreciate what they are looking at.

Lesson Plans about Insects!

June 9th, 2020

 

It’s Tuesday, June 9, 2020, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Orkin: Science Education

(www.orkin.com/scienceeducation)

Age Range: 5-11 (Grades K-6, with parental supervision)

 

Orkin Pest Control Company provides lessons plans and activities about the world of insects.

When you get to the site, scroll down to Orkin Man Lesson Plans and Activities & Coloring. The lesson plans include: 

  • Are You One of Us? – insect classification
  • The Art of Flying – how wings work
  • Is Seeing Believing? – compare images and drawings
  • Feeding Frenzy – how insects eat
  • Feeling Buggy – creative writing exercise

The Activities & Coloring section includes worksheets, coloring pages and interactive games all about bugs!

And check out this site: CockroachFacts. You’ll find not only easy-to-digest scientific fun facts, but also deeper information about life cycles, habitats, and other topics important to K-12 education.

Priceless Art Study Resources

June 6th, 2020

 

It’s Saturday, June 6, 2020, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art – Educator Resources

(www.metmuseum.org/learn/educators/lesson-plans)

Age Range: 6-18 (Grades 1-12, with parental supervision)

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is the largest art museum in the United States. You’ll find valuable educational resources here to expand your art studies.

When you arrive at the site, you’ll see Lesson Plans separated by elementary, middle and high school students including: 

  • Ancient Animals at Work
  • Armor-Function and Design
  • Architecture and the Natural World
  • The Battle of David and Goliath
  • Bravery Stands Tall
  • Point of View in Print and Paint
  • Aeneas, Art, and Storytelling
  • The Art of Industry
  • Composing a Landscape
  • The Power behind the Throne
  • And so much more!

Lesson plans follow the same basic format: 

  • Image of featured work of art along with related information
  • Goals
  • National Standards
  • Questions for Viewing
  • Activity
  • Resources
  • Related Object which includes links to those items in the online exhibits

These lesson plans help expand your understanding and enjoyment of art in all its forms.

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