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Chapter 1

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
You don't have to travel to Minnesota to sample the multimedia offerings of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Click on the link above to explore the elements that artists use to create their works of art. You will first learn more about line. After you finish learning about this element, click on Shape, Color, Space, and Texture. After you've explored all the elements, look at the artwork depicted throughout Chapter 1.

Study the different types of elements shown. How many art elements can you identify in each piece? Write a list of these elements and describe how the artist applied them to express a feeling or communicate an idea.

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Chapter 2

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, Indiana
What do geometry and art have to do with each other? From prehistoric art to modern-day sculptures, artists have used geometry to communicate their ideas. Visit the Indianapolis Museum of Art by clicking on the link above. Begin by reading the introduction in What's the Problem to discover how artists have used geometry as a creative tool in their work. Then click on Lines, Polygons, or Volume to explore the different aspects of geometry and how they are used in art. After you read the introduction, click on Let's Start. Then read about the artwork presented and answer the questions provided. Don't forget to check your answers before moving on.

After you study the different types of artworks, write a description of the ways in which geometry is applied to the works of art. Look back at the artwork represented throughout Chapter 2 and note the use of geometry.

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Chapter 3

The Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
You might think that engravings, etchings, and woodcuts are purely images of black ink on white paper. In the mid-fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, however, these images were often painted. Until recently, not much was known about the coloring that appears on those early prints. Learn about the techniques that were applied to these images by clicking on the link above to the Baltimore Museum of Art. Go to the online exhibition and click on Painted Prints: The Revelation of Color in Northern Renaissance and Baroque Engravings, Etchings & Woodcuts to discover the coloring process of these images.

Describe the different types of techniques and the reasons for coloring the images. Compare the woodcut and etching in this chapter with the artworks on the museum's site. How does color enhance the artworks?

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Chapter 4

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Take a closer look at the history and techniques behind various artworks. Visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art by clicking on the link above. This will take you to A Closer Look. Click on each of the images presented to discover the story behind some of the works at this museum.

Write a brief summary of what you learned about two of the artworks. What were the most interesting facts? Knowing this information, do you look at those two artworks differently? Explain your answer.

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Chapter 5

The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
As you learned in Chapter 5, the history and culture of a people significantly influence their art. Understanding the meaning and purpose of a certain artwork teaches you about that culture. To enrich your understanding of various artworks' historical and cultural background, click on the link above for the Art Institute of Chicago.

By clicking on the link, you will arrive at Art Access, which features artworks from diverse cultures. Select two artworks from different cultures. What did you learn about these cultures? Write a descriptive report explaining the meaning and history behind the artworks.

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Chapter 6

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
In Chapter 6, you explored the different ways artists have depicted nature. Visit the National Gallery of Art by clicking on the link above. This link will take you to Henri Rousseau's painting Tropical Forest with Monkeys. Be sure the volume on your computer is turned on so you can listen to the monkeys.

Describe what is illustrated in the painting. How is nature depicted? How has the artist used colors to show that the forest is tropical? Is it an imaginary or realistic scene? Explain your answer.

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Chapter 7

National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Create a wildlife and landscape composition using the principles of art. Experience the artistic process online by clicking the link above to the National Museum of Wildlife Art. You will learn about how the principles of art are used to create wildlife and landscape paintings.

Create your own composition by clicking on Composition Studio. This tool allows you to select a landscape photograph, crop it, and then drag an assortment of animals into the frame to create your wildlife artwork.

Evaluate your composition. What principles of art did you use? What is the overall theme? Describe the animals in your painting.

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Chapter 8

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.
In Chapter 8, you learned about portraits and the way people, heroes, and legends from different cultures are depicted in art.

Click on the link above and take a historic tour of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Begin by clicking on Explore the Portrait to learn about America's first president, George Washington. You will explore the symbolic, biographical, and artistic details in Gilbert Stuart's original portrait of Washington. Be sure you listen to the audio introduction in the interactive portrait.

Describe the symbolic, biographical, and artistic elements. How did the artist depict these in the painting? What techniques did he use?

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Chapter 9

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California
In Chapter 9, you learned how places inspire artists and how artists represent these special places. Artists illustrate their personal view of the world in their artworks. You can visit places across the world through an artist's eyes. Explore the various destinations by clicking on the Los Angeles County Museum of Art link above. After you arrive at this site, click on the explore link. Read the introduction on this page and click on the various images to learn how they provide a view of the world shaped by the artist.

Through a variety of artworks, you will discover new places and revisit others in a new way. What did you learn from your exploration? What did it reveal about the artists? After reading this chapter, why do you think artists represent places?

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Chapter 10

Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
In Chapter 10, you learned about the ways artists perceive objects and about art objects from various cultures and times.

Take a closer look at some art objects by clicking on the Kimbell Art Museum link above. Here, you will discover the meaning and history behind the African and Oceanic objects from the museum's collection.

Click on the links to three different objects, read about them, and describe their symbolism. What type of medium was used? Compare and contrast the objects you selected with those you learned about in this chapter.

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Chapter 11

The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
In Chapter 11, you learned how artists of different times and cultures have recorded events. You discovered how photography developed as an art form. To explore further the use of photography in recording events, click on The Getty Museum link above. Here, you can view different images that record historical events. Click on the images to learn more about them.

What do these images reveal? What are the significant moments captured on film? Explain the "four W's" for each photograph.

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Chapter 12

DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts
Chapter 12 demonstrated the many ways artists tell stories through their art. Illustrations in children's books are a good example of telling stories through pictures. Click on the DeCordova Museum link above to take a look at the art of children's book illustrations. After you read the introduction, click on Begin Exhibition Tour. Proceed through the tour by clicking Next at the bottom of each page. The diverse subjects and themes of these illustrations include alphabet books, myths, folk and fairy tales, fantasy, adventure, mystery, and drama.

After you have completed the tour, select three different illustrations and explain how they reveal the story's theme. Describe the style of the different illustrations. What techniques did the artists use to create the illustrations? Were you able to identify the book's subject or theme by looking at the illustration?

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Chapter 13

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
In Chapter 13, you learned about the different ways artists have recorded celebrations through the ages. Click on the link above to Houston's Museum of Fine Arts to explore different types of celebrations from various cultures. Enter the word festival in the Keywords box and click on Search. You will then see artworks that depict festivals.

As you look through the various images, you will be able to discover different forms of celebrations and understand the meaning of these special events. What is being celebrated in each of these artworks? How do the artworks depict the particular celebration? Describe the meaning behind the festival or celebration.

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Chapter 14

The Getty Museum, Los Angeles, California
In Chapter 14, you learned how artists use their imagination to create fantasy art. Many artists have imagined and expressed their idea of life in outer space. Click on the Getty Museum link above to explore different ways that space has been depicted in art. After you read the introduction, click on Image Galleries and the links under Space Stories to view the fantasy art images.

As you look at the images, you will discover how different cultures have understood the universe around them. Through a variety of artworks, you will explore various visions of the universe. What did you learn about the universe when looking at and reading about these images? Describe your vision of outer space. Do any of the images reveal a similar vision?

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