Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration
This exhibit explores book illustration as inspiration (sacred texts and letter forms), information (geography and travel, natural history, and anatomy), and influence (such as product literature and architecture). It also includes details about the process of illustration, and selected readings and online resources. From the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.
Explore the tools that artists use-like line, color, and balance-to build works of art.
Create a Picasso painting using shapes, paints, lines, and designs.
Companion to a 2006 Philadelphia Museum of Art retrospective of the work of American artist Andrew Wyeth, who died in January 2009. Features an overview of the exhibit, a biography of Wyeth and descriptions of two of his tempera paintings ("Groundhog Day" and "Public Sale"), and a 5-part pod cast about Wyeth from a museum curator, covering topics of surrealism, memory, magic, and portraits in the exhibition. From the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Collection of education materials for art history topics such as symbolism in sculpture, expression of emotions through art, mythology in European art, and artful women. Includes lesson plans focusing on Neoclassicism, Impressionism, contemporary art, still-life painting, photography, ceramics, and decorative arts, among others. From the Getty Museum.
Queeky - Grades 2 - 12
Teachers First Edge Entry: For slightly adventurous technology users. This online drawing tool provides typical digital drawing tools to generate vector-based drawings as sophisticated as you wish to make them. Vector-based drawings use actual curves, not the pixilated little boxes that so many paint simple programs create. Queeky also hosts a community of very accomplished digital artists to learn from, even if you never lift an electronic pencil. The site allows users to draw, collaborate on a shared drawing in what they describe as "near-real time," watch a drawing played back to see how it was done, and even start from one drawing to create a new version ("variate"). You have complete control of transparency, line thickness, colors (within a web palette), and much, much more. If you press "u" while drawing, you can upload an image to include in your drawing. If you are fortunate enough to have a graphics drawing tablet, using the drawing tools will be even easier! There is a full screen option to use while drawing or playing back, as well. The site requires Flash. Get it from the TeachersFirst Toolbox page.
ADVISOR: Mrs. Barbara Wegner