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Art Institute of Chicago
The museum's extensive online resources include superb lesson plans, related book titles, maps, and glossaries related to exhibitions and items in the permanent collection. Extensive resource sections, such as the museum's "Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to Ancient Art," are also accessible from this page and include fully bilingual English and Spanish text, video clips, time lines, and lesson plans for grades 4–12 in five subject areas.
Cincinnati Art Museum [Flash Player Required]
If you've never been to Cincinnati, this website might lead you to take a trip to this corner of southern Ohio. The holdings of the Cincinnati Art Museum span the globe and a variety of artistic traditions, and their site functions as a healthy sampling of what's offered currently and in the future. A good place to start is the "Collections" area. With grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and other organizations, they have digitized hundreds of works from their collections, and made them available here. Their holdings in American painting and sculpture are definitely worth a look, and users can look at works like Paul Chidlaw's "Boogie Woogie" and "The Harvest Dance" by Joseph Henry Sharp. After perusing these items, visitors will want to check out the "Exhibitions" area. Here they can learn about upcoming exhibitions at the museum, along with looking over highlights from past exhibits. Finally, the site also offers detailed information about visiting the museum and a detailed calendar of events. [KMG]
Denver Art Museum
Designed for students in grades 2–5, the Wacky Kids site focuses on world art and culture. It offers a range of hands-on craft projects based on items in the museum's collection. The site also includes links to other museum artifacts and related book titles.
J. Paul Getty Museum
The Los Angeles museum's site includes extensive image banks and excellent, interdisciplinary lesson plans, including the fascinating resource section entitled "Art & Science: A Curriculum for K–12 Teachers."
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York's biggest treasure house provides online teacher resources that cover subjects such as ancient Egypt, Indian carpets, and Byzantine life and art, with ideas for art, math, science, language-arts, and social-studies curricular links. The site also includes an online archive with thousands of highlights from the collection.
The Minneapolis Institute of Art and Walker Art Center
ArtsConnectEd, a joint project organized by Minneapolis' two world-class art museums, offers a wealth of ideas on integrating art into the curriculum. There's a searchable art gallery and a playground of activities just for kids. The "For Your Classroom" section contains the Teacher's Guide to ArtsConnectEd, a useful document that maps out the site and explains how to fully take advantage of its offerings. At the bottom of each page of the guide are "Instant Inspirations," one- or two-sentence ideas for activities, such as imagining what two works of art would say to each other at a party.
National Gallery of Art
The museum's online teacher resources include a wealth of art-focused lessons packed with interactive student activities, printable worksheets, glossaries, biographies, and other related resources.
The Art of Teaching the Arts: A Workshop for High School Teachers
Teaching the arts is, as one might expect, an art in itself, and teachers young and old alike will find much to engage their attention on this delightful website. Created as part of the Annenberg Media's educational resource website, this site offers an eight-part professional development workshop for use by music, theater, dance, and visual art teachers. The site includes all eight of the one hour programs, and visitors just need to complete a free registration form to view them in their entirety. The programs all include demonstrations, sample activities, and other pedagogical elements. Visitors should note that the programs include titles like "Developing Students as Artists", "Creating Rich Learning Environments", and "Fostering Genuine Communication". The site also includes support materials and "Channel talk", which is the email discussion list for this set of workshops. [KMG]
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