Posts Tagged ‘artwork’

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.

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.

Learn to Speak Japanese!

November 30th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, November 30, 2019, and time for Foreign Languages at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Web Japan

(web-japan.org/kidsweb/language/)

Age Range: 4-12 (Grades PreK-8, with parental supervision)

 

This website, created by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), is designed to foster appreciation of Japan among American children and introduce them to the Japanese language

The simple artwork, the openness of each page, the soft color scheme and intuitive navigation, are all immediately attractive to young ones. And the content is top-notch! Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Lessons 1-8 – Nicely illustrated formal language lessons, complete with audio examples, English and Japanese text, and pronunciation in text form. (Typical lessons contain dialog, vocabulary/grammar, and an exercise.)
  • Hiragana and Katakana Charts – Japanese alphabets. Click any letter to hear it pronounced.
  • Numbers – Learn to speak and read the numbers from 1 to 100.

And under Related Articles – Language: The older kids and adults will appreciate this clear article about the Japanese language

You may also wish to spend some time on the rest of this website. You can learn about folk legends, play games and check out some recipes. Parents, as always, should preview the site and supervise Internet use.

Virtual Field Trip to Alcatraz Island

April 19th, 2019

 

It’s Friday, April 19, 2019, and time for a Virtual Field Trip at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

The Rock: Alcatraz Island

(www.nps.gov/museum/exhibits/alca/overview.html)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 4-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this National Park Service multi-media website, you can take a virtual tour of the infamous prison that operated from 1934-1963 on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay.

Click on “Virtual Tours” under “Multimedia Site Features” and tour: 

  • Cell Block
  • Exercise Yard
  • Kitchen
  • Mess Hall

You can also watch slide shows that explore the history of Alcatraz including its use as a military fort, the decades it was used as a federal penitentiary, and its occupation by American Indians from 1969-1971.

And learn about some of the correctional facility’s most notorious inmates including Al “Scarface” Capone, George “Machine Gun” Kelly, and Robert “Birdman” Stroud.

This online exhibit features an extensive collection in the “All Image Gallery” that includes historic photographs and documents, escape materials, correctional materials, and inmate artwork.

The History Of Jell-O!

April 4th, 2019

 

It’s Thursday, April 4, 2019, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Jell-O Gallery

(http://www.jellogallery.org/history.html)

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

 

The mere mention of Jell-O causes most people to giggle — but the silliness of Jell-O’s history is serious business.

Here are some more fun facts: Did you know that immigrants entering Ellis Island were served Jell-O as a welcome dish? Or that there were chocolate and cola flavored gelatins that were discontinued? Norman Rockwell and Maxfield Parrish created artwork depicting Jell-O. Hollywood movie-makers used Jell-O to create the effect of parting the Red Sea in the 1923 silent film “The Ten Commandments,” and the horse-of-a-different-color in “The Wizard of Oz” was sponged down with green Jell-O. Astronauts at space station Mir marked time in space with Jell-O. The Smithsonian Institute even proclaimed, “American History is Jell-O History!”

Jell-O makes history fun — but don’t be too surprised if everyone craves Jell-O after visiting the site. If so, use the recipes at the site to make some yummy concoctions with Jell-O. Have fun!

Art from the National Museum of Wildlife

March 16th, 2019

 

It’s Saturday, March 16, 2019, and time for Art at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

National Museum of Wildlife

(www.wildlifeart.org/art/exhibits/)

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

 

View the amazing artwork featuring wildlife at this museum.

When you get to the site, choose from: 

  • Current Exhibits
  • Upcoming Exhibits
  • Past Exhibits
  • Long-Term Exhibits

Click on any piece of artwork and a new screen opens with a photo of the artwork and detailed information about the painting and the artist.

When you are through exploring the art exhibits, scroll over the word ‘Learn’ to find ‘Online Programs’ in the ‘Teacher Resources‘ section. There are lesson plans and more.

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