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
1 The Elements of Art
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.
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.
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.
Chapter 2 The
Principles of Art
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.
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.
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.
Chapter 3 Art
Media and Techniques
Find out about the use and production of crayons in this fun
site, full of art, activities, techniques, and information.
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.
4 Looking at Art
Visit the Getty Center ArtsEdNet for a good introduction to
art resources using works from the Getty collection.
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
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.
5 Art Through the Ages
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.
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.
This is a sampling of art from around the world with world
art treasures from France and Japan, among many other countries.
Chapter 6 Perceiving
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.
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.
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.
Chapter 7 Observing
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.
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.
Chapter 8 Portraying
Carmine's Introduction to Portraits
A simple yet informative introduction to portraits. Includes
images of famous fine art portraits throughout history.
History of Costume by Braun & Schneider
Colorful costumes displayed from different periods
in history. Good for students to use as examples for period
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.
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.
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.
Chapter 10 Examining
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.
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
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.
Chapter 11 Recording
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.
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.
Stories from American history are illustrated in art and music.
Select a category from a period in history, and choose from
several entertaining selections.
Chapter 12 Telling
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chapter 14 Creating
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.
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.