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Art History Theme Page

This "Theme Page" has links to information about Art History. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are also links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme. Please read our disclaimer.

Art History
A profile of careers in Art History from Rutgers University, including types of employers, skills, and types of jobs.

Art History for Kids
This site presents a weekly Internet project in which students act as Art Detectives, traveling to some of the major museums of the world searching for famous art works. Students learn about the artist, art work, and doing art, as they use clues to solve the puzzle.

Art History Resources on the Web
A huge meta-list of links to historical artwork, organized within four periods, and then further within those periods.

Art Images by Period
Access to a wide variety of images, organized within six periods (Greek, Roman, Rennaisance, Baroque, Modern (19th cent.), and Modern (20th cent.) Art

Art Images for College Teaching
This site offers free exchange of image resources. Images are categorized within five periods (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance & Baroque, 18-20th Century, and Non-Western). Each period is further sub-categorized.

AskERIC Lesson Plans - Arts:Art History
About 10 lesson plans covering various grade ranges in K-12.

Career Alternatives for Art Historian
Compilation of about 20 alternative career profiles suitable for Art Historians.

Creative Impulse: The Artist's View of World History and Western Civilization
This site serves as a meta-list of links to resources on World History/Civilization. You can select from over a dozen historical/cultural periods (e.g., Egypt, Renaissance, Age of Industry). Within each period, there are two types of links: 1) to traditional historical resources on that era; 2) to resources on the art, music, drama, literature, and culture of the age. Each page has a search engine for ease in finding a particular historical or artistic resource.

Educational Web Adventures
Two interactive Websites in which students embark on an adventure of exploration and discovery in art history.

[A] History of Photography: From its Beginnings till the 1920's
Included in this site are pen-portraits of many of the most important photographers of the period and information on some of the most significant processes, styles and movements used during the early days of photography. [Text only site: no actual photographs are included.]

Masks Theme Page
This CLN Theme Page is a collection of curricular information on masks for students and instructional materials for teachers. The history of masks and its use in various cultures is referred to frequently.

No Fear o'Eras
In this site, students tour through seven periods (Byzantine era, The Renaissance, The Dutch School, Rococo, Impressionist Painting, Cubism and Abstract Expressionism). Students examine representative works of the period, answer questions, and then present their answers to their class.

Okanagan University College: Fine Arts
This Canadian site has a number of useful resources, including: Art History: A Preliminary Handbook; Important Moments in Canadian Art History; links to other Websites; and Words of Art: A Glossary of Theory and Criticism for the Visual Arts.

Renaissance Theme Page
This CLN Theme Page has links to curricular resources as well as to instructional materials (e.g., lesson plans) for teachers or students wishing to learn more about the Renaissance period in general. Many of the resources address the significance of art during that time.

Stolen Property or Finders Keepers
In this lesson plan, student groups research cases where priceless artworks have been acquired by questionable practices. The objectives are: to learn about the past; to bring historical knowledge to a present day problem; to understand the concept of "ethics"; to research international law; to explore a case study of disputed ownership; and, to learn about the value in history of art and artifacts. A teacher's guide is available.

WebMuseum: Famous Paintings Exhibition
This section of the multi-site WebMuseum contains brief descriptions of major historical movements organized by art themes (e.g. Gothic, Baroque, Impressionism, 20th Century, and Japanese Art and Architecture). There is also a lengthy collection of biographies of famous artists along with samples of their work. These can be accessed either alphabetically or within the thematic descriptions.
Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling?
Why is the Mona Lisa Smiling? uses critical thinking instructions, scientific inquiry and multilingual resources to learn about the Mona Lisa, Da Vinci's music, and more. Students can create postcards and take quizzes in this interactive Thinkquest made by high-school students in the Bronx and Sweden.

[The] WWW Virtual Library: History of Art
A meta list of links to Websites that have information on the History of Art and is a collection of links relating to computer applications in Art History.

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