Many of the prints we have in Room 222 are connected to the Art Institute of Chicago because the original pieces of art reside there! That means that if you traveled about 3 hours north, from Springfield to the Windy City, you could see the REAL paintings, prints, drawings, photographs and sculptures IN PERSON!!! Can you believe it?!?!
After we read "Life Doesn't Frighten Me Anymore", (written by Maya Angelou, and illustrated by Jean-Michel Basquiat), kindergarden and first graders wanted to know more about the Artist.
This site not only lends information about Basquiat, but also offers exploration activities as well as an opportunity to create your own Basquiat-inspired artwork.
St. Louis, Missouri is a little over an hour south by car, and a diverse metropolitan area full of character and culture. One of the great benefits of visiting this city is that there is no cost to visit its beautiful art museums during the weekends. A slogan for the Saint Louis Art Museum is, "Dedicated to Art and Free for All". Can't really beat that!
I tried to provide a basic description of this amazing place, but in the end, I relied on what the fine folks at Wikipedia had to say: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, often referred to simply as "the Met", is one of the world's largest and most important art museums. The main building is located on the eastern edge of Central Park in New York City, New York, along what is known as Museum Mile. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1986. The Met has a much smaller second location at "The Cloisters," featuring medieval art.
Here's how I see it...one day, one day...I would LOVE to take everyone here for a field trip.
For now, let's use this online resource to explore and learn, examine and create!
From the Brooklyn Museum -
"The works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. Wiley's signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives. The subjects in Wiley's paintings often wear sneakers, hoodies, and baseball caps, gear associated with hip-hop culture, and are set against contrasting ornate decorative backgrounds that evoke earlier eras and a range of cultures. Through the process of "street casting," Wiley invites individuals, often strangers he encounters on the street, to sit for portraits. In this collaborative process, the model chooses a reproduction of a painting from a book and reenacts the pose of the painting’s figure. By inviting the subjects to select a work of art, Wiley gives them a measure of control over the way they're portrayed."
Chuck Close: Process and Collaboration web site has been developed through a partnership between the Blaffer Gallery and graduate students in the Instructional Technology program in the University of Houston College of Education.
Welcome to Jacob Lawrence: Exploring Stories, the Whitney Museum's online space designed to introduce visitors to the art and life of Jacob Lawrence.
This website is for families, teachers, students, and anyone else who is interested in exploring Jacob Lawrence's work, his themes, and his approach to visual storytelling.
Here you'll find some of Lawrence's paintings, information, learning resources, and fun activities:
Take a close look at twelve of Jacob Lawrence's images.
Discover inventive ways to make your own visual narratives.
Find outhow to make your own egg tempera paints and paintings.
Explore more-try out a Webquest!
Just For Fun
Use this link to explore radial design.
Create a snowflake and in the process, fine-tune your mousing skills. Happy Holidays!
Learn all about Renaissance art in this interactive web site, with introductions to artists, patrons, and more.
Design a home with Frank Lloyd Wright.
A site dedicated to the Art, Technology, and Culture of the World Wide Web.
This website is home to challenging activities based on integrating art into the North Carolina mathematics curriculum. Explore the activities and look at the works of art on which they were based.
Keith Haring always thought of himself as a funny-looking kid, which might be why kids all over the world responded to him. Keith said, " I found out that I can make any kid smile. It's probably from having a funny face to begin with - and looking and acting like a kid. And kids can relate to my drawings, because of the simple lines." (haringkids.com)
See if Haring makes you smile, when you visit this site!
This program provides a view of 150 years of American Art as represented in The Phillips Collection. The works illustrate Phillips's taste and his enthusiasm for contemporary American artists, many of whom he knew personally and whose work he collected in depth.
This link will take you straight to Artists by Movement, but it includes so much more information: articles; Art news; Art museums worldwide; actual masterpiece sizes... I access this site to answer all kinds of questions for students. Use it to cure your own curiosities.
Similar to the artist kits we use in class, this site allows us the opportunity to explore the tools that Artists use — like line, color, and balance. Another great aspect of this site is the ability to "See Artists in Action". NOW SHOWING: Short video clips of Ta-Coumba Aiken, a muralist, and Judy Onofrio, who is a sculptor.
Click on this link to explore 31 different pieces by artist Romare Bearden. Scroll below images to view the specifics of each piece.
Explore Bearden's "monumental" 6-panel collage The Block with Lisa Messinger, Associate Curator, Department of Nineteenth-Century, Modern, and Contemporary Art.
Visual Arts Education
This site is about art and artists. You can learn about famous artists, their styles, and see different kinds of art done by kids!It also can help you get to the web pages of other internet art sites and famous art museums where you can see the artwork of your favorite artist.
Drawing the human figure is often called "drawing from life". It is an important activity for artists and art students, but it is not easy and requires lots of practice. The best way to get this practice is in a life drawing class. Artists often use a wooden model called a 'lay figure' when drawing humans, to help with their proportions.
This site will allow you to practice your proportions, and to help you become proficient at life drawing.