Resources on the web
Art Images for College Teaching
Art Images for College Teaching is an extensive archive of art works. Starting with Egypt, Rome and Greece, the site covers Western art and architecture right up to the 20th century. There is also a non-Western area which covers native American art. http:arthist.cla.umn.eduaict
A commercial site, selling posters. However, it is very useful for those occasions when children need some inspiration as the site contains a huge archive of photographs, posters, cartoons and many other resources.
Art amp; Artist (KS1,2,3,4,5)
This site features famous artists and their works, with excellent illustrations. Detailed biographies are provided. Younger children will not manage the text but will enjoy the pictures. There are special sections on the impressionists and silhouette art.
Art Teacher on the Net (KS2,3)
A good selection of project sheets can be downloaded. There is an art of many lands section, covering Africa, France, Russia, India, the US and Hawaii. Lessons on drawing dolphins and portraiture can be accessed (this includes an opportunity to draw a portrait before receiving help and then another afterwards, so the two can be compared.) There is a teacher-exchange area to share ideas and ask for advice, and ideas for parents. www.artmuseums.com
There is an excellent range of resources in the Educators section of this site, including an extensive lesson-plan bank. A special area, Early Childhood Creative Experiences, has ideas for children aged up to four. Ideas for crayons, markers and coloured pencils are given in there Art Techniques area and you can submit pictures, poems and stories for publication on the site.
Educate (KS 2)
A full scheme of work in seven lessons investigates pattern. There are plans, worksheets, prompt sheets, a grid and glossary. Another scheme is Viewpoints. This has a set of eight lessons exploring dreams and materials, techniques and the colours used to describe them. Five more lesson plans cover still life drawing. A slide sequence accompanies this. Talking Textiles is another scheme, covering five lessons on the use of textiles as illustrations in a story.
Inside Art is an opportunity to explore a painting from the inside out. Pintura is an art detective activity, suitable for juniors upwards, in which children can solve a mystery by comparing the styles of famous artists. This includes looking at colour, style, composition, subject, brushstrokes and thickness of paint.
Enchanted Learning (KS1)
A good range of downloadable print-outs are provided on a variety of themes including animals, dinosaurs and flags. See especially the K-3 Themes area for a huge range of interesting and stimulating craft activities.
Folk Art (KS1,2,3,4,5)
A useful source of reference as this site features art from many parts of the world. Although this is a commercial site, it is interesting to see the many varied styles and read the descriptions of how the works were produced. The third world is well represented and the images can be used as a stimulus for a wide range of activities. www.folkart.com
Kinder Art (KS1,2,3,4,5)
Hundreds of lesson plans are provided here. They can be searched by alphabetical order or theme, such as craft, drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and textiles. There are activities on multicultural art and recycling projects and plenty of reference sources including a glossary of art terms and information about famous artists.
Museum of Modern Art (KS3,4,5)
Interactive explanations of woodcut, etching, lithography and screen printing are all available. There are options to see an animated version. Examples of the finished work are provided in the gallery at the base of the screen. A history of the development of the technique is included with a step-by-step guide.
Activities include self portraits, pavement art (with chalk), making paper and drawing from an unusual perspective. There is even an idea for a 15-second drawing and an education humour area. Child: The art teacher doesn't like what I'm making.
Dad: Why, what are you making?