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Curricular Resources in Art

Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which focus on specific topics within Art. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

Art History Theme Page

Clip Art Theme Page

Drawing Cartoons Theme Page

Masks Theme Page

Pictures Theme Page
A set of links to web sites that have their own searchable collections of pictures, offer a search engine for finding pictures, or provide a metalist of links to photographs of a particular type.

Pubish Your Creative Works On-Line Theme Page

General Art Resources

Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information and/or other links related to Art.

Amazing Time Machine
British Columbia Archives presents 11 curricular units (galleries) drawing heavily from archival information on BC History. Each gallery has a teacher guide and each is targeted for a specific grade range. Check out especially First Nation's Art in BC (Gr. 4) to learn more about 3 First Nation's Artists from British Columbia - Judith Morgan, Francis Batiste, and George Clutesi. Art from British Columbia's Past (Gr. 12) focuses on landscape works, war posters, and paintings by Emily Carr and William Hind.

A searchable (by artist name) and browsable index of thousands of fine art painters and scuptors. Search results provide links to the specific pages within on-line art museum collections that host their works. They also have links to online art museums organized by country/region.

Art Museums and Art History
This subsection of the Fine Art Forum provides links to well over 100 Museum and Art History sites around the world. The sites are described briefly and arranged alphabetically.

The mission of the Kennedy Centre's ArtsEdge is to "help artists, teachers, and students gain access to and/or share information, resources, and ideas that support the arts as a core subject area in the K12 curriculum." Teachers can keep up with arts news, interact with members of the arts and educational communities, access WWW resources (links are organized by discipline, e.g., dance, music, theatre, visual arts, etc.), and review arts-based curricular resources. Students can share their own works and links to a collection of web sites appropriate for children.

This online service for K-12 arts educators is made available by the Getty Centre for Education in the Arts. It allows art teachers to stay informed of the latest trends in art education, to find innovative lesson plans and other curriculum resources, to meet online with other art educators, and to access a collection of discipline-based art education resources.

Art Studio Chalkboard
These pages provide students with instruction in the technical fundamentals of perspective, shading, color and painting.

Ask an Expert: Fine Arts
CLN's "Ask an Expert" page has about 100 links to specialists in the field who can serve as a valuable source of curricular expertise for both students and teachers. Questions/answers on Art may be found in our "All Subjects" section at the top of the page, the "Fine Arts" section, as well as the general "Reference" section.

Basic Art Lessons
Over a dozen student tutorials on pencil/black pen drawing, adding colored marker, collage, mixing paint, and art history.

Canadian Sculpture: Coming of Age
Learn more about early 20th century Canadian sculpture by browsing through profiles and pictures of 15 founders of the Sculptors' Society of Canada (SSC). Click on "?Artists" at the bottom of the page for entry to that section of the site. If you want to learn more about any of the sculptors, there are images of hundreds of examples of their works available in the "Database" option. Caution: your monitor setting must be at least 800 * 600 to view the web site.

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
There are over 60,000 digitized images of the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. A search engine facilitates access to the collections in this "imagebase".

[The] Incredible Art Department
Features within this WWW site include: the Art Room (Home pages from a guest school's art department); Art Stuff (links to other art sites); Lessons (art lessons submitted by teachers); Best of the Net (monthly award to best school art on the net); and Art Site of the Week.

[A] Lifetime of Color
Students can create art, study art, and play art games at this Sanford web site. In the study section, there are brief explanations of art elements, principles, concepts, media, styles and artists. Other sections have hands-on activities, demos, student gallery, art timeline, artist biographies and a glossary.

[Le] Louvre
Voila! Le premier collection des arts du monde. This link is to their English version.

[The] Magic of Painting
John Hagen, Cowdisley Education Group, offers a large collection of lesson on a wide array of art topics, including aerial perspective, color , transparency, light and shade , drawing texture design, analysis, and practical applications. See his advanced section for even more lessons. Caution: the home page may have a large blank between the image at the top of the page and the navigation buttons at the bottom. When returning to the home page, you may arrive at this blank space and think that the download has failed. Use your scroll bar to find the content buttons.

Mark Kistler's Electronic Pencil Power Playground
Mark Kistler uses samples of his own work to demonstrate how to draw cartoons. He has a series of practical lessons (look under "3-d drawing adventures) as well as explanations on the concepts (look under "Twelve Renaissance Words").

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
The holdings of the McMichael collection are comprised of Canadian art with a specific historical focus on "the group of seven." Another major emphasis is on Inuit and First Nations art. There are also biographies on a large number of Canadian artists.

Modern Masterworks
This site has a decided instructional thrust. Students can learn about 16 modern art movements of the 20th century, read biographies of renowned artists of the period, view examples of the period (including commentary and analyses), participate in an interactive network (e.g., ask questions of art professors), and expand their horizons with further research. Modern Masterworks is a 1998 Think Quest winner.

[The] Northwest Connection: Gallery of Native Art
This BC art gallery offers a wide variety of information about Northwest Coastal art and artists. In addition to profiles on native artists (including pictures of their work) organized by genre, there are articles providing background information. Caution: the text may be difficult to read.

Perspective Drawing
Instructions on how to draw in perspective, from the mathematical point of view. There are also links to art on the web which incorporates perspective drawing.

Rings of Passion: Five Emotions in World Art
An exhibit of world art structured around five emotions: love, anguish, joy, triumph and awe. Students can "view the works, explore the stories of their creation, learn their history, and understand their place in the culture of the men and women who created them."

Vatican Art Collections
These award winning sites contain a vast array of art. For example, the Raphael Collection has 226 high quality JPEG's of Raphael's paintings in the private apartments of the Vatican. In the Sistine Chapel collection, there are 325 JPEG's of every part of the ceiling, divided into sections, i.e.. 'the Apostles' and 'the Last Judgment'. Text guides and histories accompany the materials.
Note: When you click on any of the above buttons, wait for the full document to be loaded. Then proceed past the top part of each page (which is the same for each collection) until you get to the actual art work you want. For another web site on the Sistene Chapel, try Exploring the Sistene Chapel Ceiling from Wayne State University. Their site includes some explanatory comments as well as comparisons between the refinished and old panels.

Here's a dynamic collection of art. There's a permanent collection of famous paintings as well as special exhibitions. Special exhibits change frequently.

World Art Treasures
Contained within this site are 100,000 slides from the Jacques-Edouard Berger Foundation, all of them devoted to art from Egypt, China, Japan, India, and Europe.

World Wide Art Resources
A huge meta-list of links to Arts resources with a search engine that can focus on specific types of art. Art Lessons
Over 20 lessons on such topics as perspective, colour, design, light, and shadow.

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Note: The sites listed above will serve as a source of curricular content in Art. For other resources in Fine Arts (e.g., curricular content in arts & crafts, dance or music) or for lesson plans and theme pages, click the "previous screen" button below. Or, click here if you wish to return directly to the CLN menu which will give you access to educational resources in all of our subjects.

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