Chapter 1 Art Across
1 Art Across the World
Chapter 2 The Language of Art
Chapter 3 The Media of Art
Chapter 4 Art Criticism, Aesthetics, and
Chapter 5 Art of Earliest Times
Chapter 6 Art of East Asia
Chapter 7 Pre-Columbian Art of Latin America
Chapter 8 Native Art of North America
Chapter 9 Art of Greece and Rome
Chapter 10 Art of India and Islam
Chapter 11 Art of Africa and Oceania
Chapter 12 Art of the Middle Ages
Chapter 13 Art of the Renaissance
Chapter 14 Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries
Chapter 15 Art of the 19th Century
Chapter 16 Art of the 20th Century
Chapter 17 Art of Today
Explore artistic and architectural works from countries around
the world, including Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece,
India, Italy, Japan, Russia, Thailand, and Turkey. Introduce
middle school students to the history of art from many different
cultures and time periods.
This timeline from WebMuseum Paris contains easily accessible
art images as well as historical and biographical information.
Scan the resources organized in a timeline format ranging from
early Gothic painting to Pop Art works.
2 The Language of Art
Explore images of Rousseau's paintings and learn
about his technique and art background.
Elements of Art
Sit in on a discussion on the elements of art. Provides both
teachers and students with detailed information on the various
3 The Media of Art
Years of Italian Sculpture
Presents a historical view of the media of sculpture in the
art of Italy over the centuries. Surveys images of monuments
and statues of several art periods.
of Mixed Media
Exhibits samples of art from high school students working
in mixed media. This site contains links to galleries of student
artworks created with a variety of media, including pencil,
paint, and digital media.
4 Art Criticism, Aesthetics, and Art History
Institution Research Information System
Visit this site to find an excellent support system for learning
the techniques of art criticism. Search the Art Inventories
Catalog that includes 600,000 records showcasing American paintings
This site contains an index of artists' birthdays and intriguing
facts about famous works of art, both of which provide easy
and interesting visuals for students to follow. Includes games
of Artist Scrabble and Artrivia, which engage students in
learning about art history.
5 Art of Earliest Times
Art and History
Visit this site to discover the art, culture, and history of
of Ancient Civilizations
Art in France
Explore the mysteries of the Maya, Stonehenge, and African
Mali at this site that examines mysterious places of ancient
civilizations. Find links to other sites that explore the
art and architecture of ancient cultures.
Visit the most recent discoveries of cave art and view excellent
photographs from inside the caves.
This site contains images of artifacts, rock art, petroglyphs,
and carvings from ancient cultures throughout world history.
Chapter 6 Art of East
Gatliff's Gateway to Origami
This site displays several examples of intricate origami patterns.
Students will find this an interesting and fun site to explore.
Click on the simple paper folding sculpture activity and try
to create your own origami art.
Visit this site by the Art Institute of Chicago and discover
the difference between a handscroll and a hanging scroll.
Contains more than a dozen colorful images that can be enlarged
for closer study. Also contains biographical information on
7 Pre-Columbian Art of Latin America
Tour this site for examples of Mayan art and artifacts and a
look at the daily life of the ancient Maya. Find links to Mayan
maps and pictures.
History and Culture
Embark on a tour of Peru that includes photographs of archaeological
sites with historical information about each area.
The Aztec calendar stone demonstrates one way ancient cultures
kept track of days and hours. Explore symbols of the Aztec calendar
and find out how to write today's date according to the Aztec
8 Native Art of North America
Ketl Great Kiva
Enter this site and view a 3-D image of an ancient Native American
Kiva. Students will enjoy exploring the Kiva and discovering
hidden niches in the walls of the dwelling.
Investigate various Native American ceremonial dance costumes.
Includes comments about the outfits, their history, and their
use in dancing.
9 Art of Greece and Rome
Perseus Digital Library
This is an extensive site consisting of a digital library on
ancient Greece and Rome. Spend some time exploring their vibrant
Art and Architecture
Architectural palaces populate this site with views of monuments
and buildings throughout the Roman Empire. Images of Roman
sculptures and paintings are also included.
Chapter 10 Art of India
Treasures of India
View a series of Indian artifacts presented as thumbnail images
that can be enlarged for closer examination.
Persian Art of Visual Poetry (Miniatures)
At this site, examine many intricate Persian miniatures in
three different exhibitions. An explanation of the Persian
miniature art form is also provided.
11 Art of Africa and Oceania
Art and Culture
The Kennedy Center offers an extensive collection of African
art and artifacts, supported with background information, lesson
plans, and activities.
of Easter Island
Visit this site from the African Studies Center at the University
of Pennsylvania to survey images of art from various African
cultures. African sculptures, facemasks, and Smithsonian African
images are included in this collection.
Visit this site to take a virtual tour of the fascinating Easter
Island, which is part of Oceania. The island is home to nearly
900 enormous stone sculptures created hundreds of years ago
by the island's early inhabitants.
12 Art of the Middle Ages
Making of a Medieval Book
This site describes the four steps involved in making a medieval
book-parchment making, writing, illumination, and binding. A
photograph illustrates each step, and some steps include links
of the Middle Ages
Here is an adventure for explorers who wish to find out more
about castles throughout Europe. Learn all about castles still
standing as you peruse the many photographs and background
This site offers a wealth of information on the Middle Ages.
It contains a summary of history during this time as well as
good information about cathedrals. It also features several
images of architecture as art from this time period.
Chapter 13 Art of the
Museum of Art: Renaissance Collection
Visit three galleries of Renaissance art at this museum Web
site. Detailed background information about the period is provided,
along with images from the museum's collection. Click on the
arrow at the bottom of the page to proceed to the next gallery.
Teachers, begin here for an introduction to the activities
and lesson plans prepared for students at this site developed
by the Museum of Science, Boston.
14 Art of the 17th and 18th Centuries
A biography and some of Caravaggio's works are presented here.
The small images can be enlarged to view in greater detail.
Art and Artists
This site gives an overview of the Baroque period and provides
links to some influential Baroque artists and their works.
Provides links to a wide selection of Rembrandt's works located
in art museums around the world.
15 Art of the 19th Century
An excellent Web site for those interested in the works of the
19th-century French artist Gustave Courbet. View reproductions
of five of Courbet's works, and read background information
on the artist. Click on an image to enlarge it.
This site gives a brief background to the 19th-century French
Romantic painter Delacroix. It also contains a few reproductions
of his works.
Visit the Webmuseum Paris site on Mary Cassatt to read about
her painting style. Then click on the images to view more of
16 Art of the 20th Century
This site provides an overview of art of the 20th century, and
then lists links to some of the influential artists of that
time. Ask students: What are some of the art movements of the
20th century? Which 20th century artist do you like the best,
This museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, is home to the most
comprehensive collection of works by the Spanish Surrealist
painter. Works in "The Collection" are organized by Dali's
artistic periods, and each piece is accompanied by a detailed
17 Art of Today
The Museum of Modern Art
View a comprehensive collection of modern art. Includes photography,
sculpture, paintings, film, and more. Provides detailed information
on the museum in New York City.
This exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum features
recent works by American artists. Artwork can be viewed by
thematic groupings or by individual artists.