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ArtPad September 15, 2007

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ArtPad is an online painting program with a very cool feature that allows you to replay the painting of your picture once you’ve finished it. There are some stunning examples of work in the gallery and, while I would very carefully monitor access to this area, I’m sure students would get a lot out of watching the way the original artists created the pictures.

The Saatchi Gallery: Portfolio September 13, 2007

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The Saatchi Gallery has recently added a special section to their website where primary and secondary schools can upload images of pupils artwork. It provides the opportunity to showcase students work to visitors from all over the world. The Saatchi Gallery is also funding an annual prize to awards the schools and pupils that produce their favourite works each year.

The Picasso Project September 7, 2007

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If you’re looking for paintings by Picasso to show your students then this is the site you need. The On-line Picasso Project contains over 12,000 pieces of the great artist’s work. Simply click on a year of Picasso’s life and you’ll be shown all the material that he created during that time. There’s notes/commentaries for many of the paintings as well as a separate Picasso biography section. It’s probably best used to display material you’ve selected (prior to the lesson) to the whole class on an interactive whiteboard or data projector.

Digital Palette September 7, 2007

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Digital Palette is a site for art teachers that’s been created by Worcestershire LEA. There’s a small collection of case studies on the site together with some really useful activity ideas. One of the best features on the site is the extensive imagebank which covers themes such as texture, shape, pattern and line.

Artchive September 7, 2007

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Due to the large number of adverts and pops ups this site isn’t one you’d use as an integral part of a lesson. It is, however, a great place to get hold of large, quality images of the work of many famous artists such as Kandinsky, Picasso, Hockney and Klee as well as fine out more about their lives and the ideas behind their art.

The Artist’s Toolkit September 7, 2007

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This US site allows young artists to explore all the fundemental visual arts elements and principles. There’s material on line, colour, shape, shape, balance, movement and rhythm. Each section starts with a short animation demonstrating the principle being studied before allowing the students to identify these elements in the work of famous artists. The final task allows students to create their own work. It’s a nice site to use on a big screen or interactive whiteboard.

I am an Artist September 7, 2007

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This Irish website aims to bring the visual arts to life and consists of 30 short TV programmes together with factsheets, weblinks and interactive games. There’s lots of ideas and resources for both teachers and students along with examples of work by adult artists and children.

Tate Learning August 28, 2007

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The Tate Learning website is a great resource for teachers and students, both those who can make it to one of the Tate’s galleries in the UK and those that can’t. There’s plenty of information, activity ideas and games included on the site. I’ve just been having a go at the Memento Mori games and the Case of the Mysterious Object (which is great if you’re looking at sculpture in art).

Show Me August 28, 2007

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Show Me is the 24 Hour Museum‘s section for students aged 4 to 11. It pulls together material from UK museum and gallery websites and groups them according to topics of interest. There’s plenty of games to look at, information to read and ideas for places to visit out of school.

(The 24 Hour Museum (http://www.24hourmuseum.org.uk/) is itself well worth checking out as it features news from museums and galleries around the UK, links to websites and educational resources, trails and a comprehensive what’s on guide.)

Mr Picassohead August 27, 2007

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This is completely random! 🙂 A Mr Potato Head creator in the style of Picasso.