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Chapter 1 The Elements of Art
Chapter 2 The Principles of Art
Chapter 3 Art Media and Techniques
Chapter 4 Looking at Art
Chapter 5 Art Through the Ages
Chapter 6 Perceiving Nature
Chapter 7 Observing Animals
Chapter 8 Portraying People
Chapter 9 Visiting Places
Chapter 10 Examining Objects
Chapter 11 Recording Events
Chapter 12 Telling a Story
Chapter 13 Celebrations
Chapter 14 Creating Fantasy

Chapter 1 The Elements of Art

Coloring Book

To begin, click on "start coloring" and select an image to color. Click on a color, then click on an area of a drawing, and watch the computer fill in this coloring book. Simple artwork, but a good introduction to interactive computer experiences.

Vision Science: The Joy of Visual Perception
A graphical display book online by Peter K. Kaiser. Explore: Fun Things in Vision, Color/Color Vision, and Master Diagram of the Eye. Clearly labeled diagrams and straightforward explanations help students understand vision and perception.

The Alphabet of Art
Considers line, line direction, shape, size, texture, value, color, composition, and picture plane. While some language may be above 6th-grade level, each page contains a good illustration to go with the text description. Clearly explains the attributes and effective use of each element in art.

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Chapter 2 The Principles of Art

Paintings on Water
Examine the principles of unity, movement, and harmony in the art of Amy Lee Segami. The works contained here show Segami's technique of floating acrylic pigments on water and then blotting the pattern onto sheets of paper.

Logical Art and the Art of Logic
Pentominoes are defined as "flat shapes formed from five unit squares." These shapes are combined to create patterned pictures with depth, symmetry, and movement. Examples and pattern combinations are available on links reached from this site.

Demuth at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Images and details about the artist and the work of art from the collection at the Metropolitan. Examine Demuth's use of principles in the enlarged version of the image.

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Chapter 3 Art Media and Techniques

Crayola Color Playground
Find out about the use and production of crayons in this fun site, full of art, activities, techniques, and information.

The Kennedy Center ARTSEDGE
This is an informative site for teachers indicating important reasons for teaching art. This provides a model for what is known as "conceptual change." This may provide helpful hints, especially for beginning teachers.

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Chapter 4 Looking at Art

Art Exploration
Visit the Getty Center ArtsEdNet for a good introduction to art resources using works from the Getty collection.

Picasso-The Early Years
This exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is a good introduction to the artist and his early works. It contains many examples of the art that Picasso created between 1892 and 1906.

Earth Day Groceries!
A school project that combines art, ecology, and community involvement. Students at these schools colored and decorated paper shopping bags to express their ecological concerns and Earth Day celebrations, then delivered them to local grocery stores. Contains lots of photos from several schools of students working on the activity.

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Chapter 5 Art Through the Ages

Cleveland Museum of Art: Rosetta Stone
Activities, quizzes, information on archaeology, the art of Egypt, history of artifacts, are presented to students by their guide, Rosetta Stone. Interactive, fun place to visit.

Judith Leyster
View Leyster's work The Concert and read about her life and her contribution to art, as well as the impact she had as a woman artist in this presentation from the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

World Art Treasures
This is a sampling of art from around the world with world art treasures from France and Japan, among many other countries.

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Chapter 6 Perceiving Nature

Auroras: Paintings in the Sky
View photographs and graphic demonstrations of this natural phenomenon. Students may wish to use the images on this site as inspiration for watercolor sky scenes.

The Rainbow Maker Home Page
Here's a surprise for those who love rainbows. Beautiful images with a beautiful message from an artist who makes rainbows for the cause of peace and unity in the world.

Cloud Images
This site contains images of clouds in the sky. Click on each for a better view, or enjoy the collage of smaller images. Students can appreciate the diversity of cloud shapes, sky colors at different times of the day, and study composition of natural forms.

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Chapter 7 Observing Animals

Electronic Zoo/NetVet - Animal Image Collection
Lots and lots of pictures of animals available here at this electronic zoo. Expressions and actions of many different types of animals can be used as models for art projects.

The Virtual Insectary
Get close-up views of individual insects. These are colorful, detailed pictures that are clear enough so they can be used as models for sketches, sculptures, or other student works.

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Chapter 8 Portraying People

Carmine's Introduction to Portraits
A simple yet informative introduction to portraits. Includes images of famous fine art portraits throughout history.

The History of Costume by Braun & Schneider
Colorful costumes displayed from different periods in history. Good for students to use as examples for period paintings.

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Chapter 9 Visiting Places

Castles of the World
Visit castles located all over the world. Site includes interior and exterior photos, maps, and the history behind each castle.

Places as Inspiration
Artistic history of contemporary American artist Georgia O'Keeffe. Her works were inspired by surroundings in Texas; New York, especially the Adirondack Mountains; and the deserts of northern New Mexico. Includes the artist's comments and several works. Inspiring!

Cincinnati: Guide to Public Art
Take this tour around a city dedicated to supporting art in public places. Use the index to follow the tour, or check the map for specific places around the downtown area, and click to see the art images.

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Chapter 10 Examining Objects

Native American Jewelry
This site provides background information on Native American jewelry and pottery. The site displays images of artworks from several different indigenous groups and provides historical information about these groups.

Didgeridoos
Examine Aboriginal objects known as didgeridoos--a musical instrument as well as an art form of an ancient people. At the top of the page find links to aboriginal paintings and culture.

Artifacts of the American Experience
Images of the collection of toys, music, radio memorabilia, and more from the collection at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. Includes a short explanation of each item and its significance in American history.

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Chapter 11 Recording Events

Civil War Stamps
Images from the Civil War portrayed in collectible stamps. Information on Civil War currency, coins, bonds, and flags is also provided here.

Olympics Art
Begin here to explore art from the modern Olympics. Choose from a selection of current or archived exhibits at the Olympic Museum. Then, click on thumbnails to view sculpture and graphic art images of the Olympics.

History Happens
Stories from American history are illustrated in art and music. Select a category from a period in history, and choose from several entertaining selections.

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Chapter 12 Telling a Story

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
This is the online text of the famous work by Lewis Carroll. Contains some illustrations from the original work.

Stone Soup
Visit the online version of a magazine of writing and art by young people. Examples of student writing and artworks are displayed, and highlights from past issues are available for viewing as well.

Chaucer Stories
This is an informative site on the life and work of Geoffrey Chaucer. Includes a large selection of graphic art samples relevant to his work.

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Chapter 13 Celebrations

Hopi - Kachina
This site describes the history of Kachina dolls and explains their use in Hopi ceremonies. It also provides discussion questions and activities.

Rie Munoz - Alaska's Most Popular Artist
This site features the work of artist Rie Munoz, whose whimsical watercolor paintings celebrate everyday life as well as special occasions in Alaska.

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Chapter 14 Creating Fantasy

Art Studio Chalkboard
A tech resource for artists and art students by Ralph Larmann. It discusses drawing perspective, shading, and composition. Also provides information on painting, including color theory, materials, and techniques. A good site for educators.

Fantasy Art Resource Project
Read an introduction to pencil sketching by Max Bertuzzi. Several examples of fantasy art sketching are included, along with tips on effective sketching techniques. Students can use the techniques discussed on this site to make their own fantasy art sketch.

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