Interactive Web Sites - Visual Arts

How to Draw
Arts Lessons/Projects
Museum Art Resources for Young Children
Famous Artists for Children and Teens
History Through Art
Science and Math Through Art
Art Games
Art and Politics

How to Draw

Cybermuse: The National Gallery of Canada
Cybermuse takes you to an interactive web site full of color, sound, exploration and fun. Visit exhibits “Drawing with Light” and “Deconstructing Art”

Explore the Tools that Artists Use: Visit the Artist's Toolkit
Explore the visual elements and principles of line, color and shape as tools to build works of art. From the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Vision and Art
Tutorials demonstrate how visual information is used in art: depth perception, color perception, form perception and more.

Drawing In One Point Perspective
Step-by-step instructions for basic one-point perspective

National Museum of Wildlife Art
Visit this museum with a focus on wildlife and nature.

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Arts Lessons

Access Art: A Visual Arts Online Workshop
AccessArt is a valuable resource for teachers, gallery educators, and artists as well as a creative learning tool.

Art Lessons Online
Click on to art projects for teachers, parents, and children.

Art Education Resource
Create art, study art, teach art, play art games at this comprehensive Web site.

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Museum Art Resources for Young Children

Destination Modern Art
Destination Modern Art is a website for children ages 5 to 8. An interactive online gallery offers an introduction to the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and its affiliate, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center.

What is Print?
Learn the art of print making from the Museum of Modern Art.

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Famous Artists for Children and Teens

The Mind of Leonardo
Visit this exploration of the work and processes of the Universal Genius through text, images, reconstructions and animations..

Who Am I? Self Portrait in Art
Who am I? provides art and writing activities for middle school students. Students look at self-portraits in the National Gallery of Arts collection by Vincent van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Judith Leyster, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and Andy Warhol.

Virtual Field Trip: Over the Line-The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence
Join with staff at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York City to experience the works of renowned African-American artist Jacob Lawrence. Take an electronic field trip.

New York Public Library Digital Images
Russian civil war posters, George Caitlins North American Indian portfolio and 16thcentury celestial maps are among the 275,000 images in the New York Public Librarys Digital Gallery.

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History Through Art

Campfire Stories with George Catlin
Take a virtual journey to meet American Indians of the 1830s with artist, ethnologist, and showman George Catlin.

Dream Worlds
Visit an interactive exploration of modern Japanese prints.

Tall Buildings
This web site from the Museum of Modern Art takes you to 25 of the tallest buildings in the world.

The Life and Music of Celia Cruz: Queen of Salsa
Listen to the story of Celia Cruz and explore a wide range of subjects, including immigration, history, geography, music theory, music history, and art. (English and Spanish)

The Renaissance Connection
Visit the Allentown Art Museums interactive educational website. Travel 500 years into the past to discover many Renaissance innovations.

George Washington: A National Treasure
Look at the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of our first president. This Smithsonian site has resources for students and teachers.

The Great American Landmarks Adventure
The Great American Landmarks Adventure takes you on a trip through time and space through a series of drawings by Roxie Munro. You'll see 43 National Historic Landmarks and learn about more than 3,000 years of our country's past. Travel has been arranged by Heritage Preservation Services, National Park Service.

American Memory
Historical Collections from the National Digital Library. A remarkable collection of more than seven million digital items, this includes drama, dance, music and the performing arts, among other topics. There is a special "Learning Page" for teachers.

Inside Art: An Adventure in Art History
Visit an imaginative site that combines art history and a little adventure.

The Floating World of Ukiyo-e
The Floating World of Ukiyo-e: Shadows, Dreams, & Substance showcases Japanese "Ukiyo-e" -- pictures of the floating, or sorrowful, world. More than 100 prints, drawings, and books are featured, most from 1600-1900.

Picturing Women
A Web exhibit exploring historical and contemporary representations and self-representations of women - how they are figured, fashioned, turned into portraits, and told about in words and pictorial narrative.

Sharing Perspectives at the National Museum of the American Indian
Take a Virtual Field Trip to the new Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

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Science and Math Through Art

Earth as Art
Take a look at these photos from around the world. Landsat satellites have imaged the Earth's surface for nearly thirty years; Landsat photographs selected for their aesthetic value are presented in this Library of Congress exhibition.

Devices of Wonder
This site explores the ancestors of modern cinema, cyborgs, and other optical devices.

Inventions at Play
Use an inventor's sketchbook. This site is about Invention at Play, a national traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian's Lemelson Center

Geometry through Art
Explore geometry through drawing.

Where Science Meets Art
A Morning Edition series from National Public Radio explores the unexpected intersections of two seemingly different disciplines -- art and science.

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Art Games

Art Games
Visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery's interactive website about art and artists for students from kindergarten through 6th grade (English and Spanish).

Asian Games
Drawing on major collections of Asian art in the United States, Europe, and Japan, Asian Games has almost two hundred objects, including spectacular examples of game sets dating from the twelfth to nineteenth centuries. It highlights the importance of Asia as a source of many gameschess, backgammon, Parcheesi, Ludo, Snakes and Ladders, and playing cards.

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Art and Politics

Cartoon Collection from the Library of Congress
You can find political cartoons, caricatures, comic strips, humor cartoons, illustrations, and animation cels on this website. Virtually every aspect of the genre is represented by leading creators, making the Library's cartoon collections both comprehensive and unrivaled in the United States.

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Cartoonster features a collection of fun and interactive tutorials, which teach children and young people how to create their own animations!

Storyline Online: Children's Books and Illustrations
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation provides Storyline Online, an online streaming video program featuring SAG members reading childrens books aloud.

Illustrator Jan Brett's Home page
2,175 pages of free activities, coloring pages, and projects.

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