Showing posts with label Fine Arts. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fine Arts. Show all posts

Monday, March 21, 2011

Touching Lives Through Theatre Grants

As school budgets continue to shrink across the country it is often extracurricular programs like drama clubs that see their funding disappear. Fortunately, with a little searching you can find some grant programs (here are ten) that can possibly replace some of that lost funding. Touching Lives Through Theatre Grants offers grants of $100 to $500 for middle school and high school theater programs. To be eligible for a grant the drama program must receive less than $500 annually from the school or district. Grants are available for schools in the US and Canada. Applications must be received by June 30, 2011. Read all of application requirements here.

If you run a drama program for elementary school students, you might be interested in applying for a $300 grant from The Charlie Lovett Fund for Elementary Drama.

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History: A Resource for History and Fine Arts Teachers

Hey folks, I'd like to start off with a thanks to Richard for letting me gush about a resource my students and I use extensively in our Art History and West Civ classes.

The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is not only one of my favorite resources on the Net, but is also one of a trio of sites (along with BBC History and the ever-democratizing Wikipedia) that I've turned to in my move over the last two years to ditch textbooks from my classroom.

According to the Met:

The Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, funded by the Heilbrunn Foundation, New Tamarind Foundation, and Zodiac Fund, is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world, as illustrated by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's collection. The Metropolitan Museum's curatorial, conservation, and education staff research and write the Timeline, which is an invaluable reference and research tool for students, educators, scholars, and anyone interested in the study of art history and related subjects. First launched in 2000, the Timeline now extends from prehistory to the present day.
The site is broken down into four basic parts. The first -- World Maps -- organizes art and history by region.

The second part breaks it down according to a series of timelines beautifully integrated with artworks, regional maps, and scholarly essays.

The third section features thematic and contextualizing essays -- a must for any history teacher who wants to get out of the rigmarole of a chronologically based curriculum.

Lastly come the indexes of artworks. And these are powerful tools both for preparing lessons as well as providing an authoritative reference for on-the-fly image finding and analysis of the sort that often arises (especially in the Art History classroom).

I'd argue that museum websites of this caliber are to images what Google Earth is to maps. And I'd fully encourage all History and Fine Arts teachers to check out the Heilbrunn Timeline and think about ways it might help transform your classroom.

And as you do come up with ideas, please share them with my History students... visit our class wiki and leave ideas, comments, questions, and connections for us. We look forward to learning with all of you!

-- Shelly Blake-Plock

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Online Art Activities at the National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art has created seven interactive art activities for students in elementary school through high school. Using these activities students can explore elements of digital photograph editing, elements of color, and experiment with different styles of painting. Three of the featured activities are Brushster, Dutch Doll House, and Collage Machines. In Brushster, students mix and match colors to create abstract art. The Dutch Doll House is an interactive exhibit in which students explore the 17th century home and studio of a Dutch artist. The Collage Machines, of which there are two, give students a platform for creating collages of art samples.

The National Gallery of Art's website has other resources that art teachers and students may want to explore. The National Gallery of Art's videos and podcasts take viewers and listeners behind the scenes of the gallery's exhibits. The videos and podcasts also give access to lectures and talks with scholars and artists. The National Gallery of Art has dozens of online tours of the gallery's collections. Each tour includes the images accompanied by descriptions of the works and brief biographical information about the artists.

Applications for Education
The National Gallery of Art's online galleries could be useful for anyone teaching or studying art history. The interactive activities could be a fun way to introduce reluctant students to an art class or a topic in an art class.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Blogs for Art Teachers
The Forward Thinking Museum - Virtual Museum
7 Resources for Creating Cartoons and Comics

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Classic Jazz Videos and More

Open Culture an arts and culture website that I've written about in the past has posted a list of 50 Great Arts Videos. The list was actually compiled by the Guardian and is a nice supplement to Open Culture's list of 70 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube. On the Guardian's list of videos visitors will find a great collection of Jazz performances as well theatrical performances. I've embedded below a video of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.

Applications for Education
Both the Great Arts Videos and 70 Signs of Intelligent Life at YouTube are useful, free ways to find classic music and theater performances to share with fine arts students. For those you working in schools that block YouTube, I recommend installing Miro or using Zamzar to save the video locally if have a laptop to use at home.