Note: Grade ranges are suggestions based on the average content of a site. Especially when dealing with classical art, it is possible that not all content included on a website or YouTube channel is appropriate for our younger students.
Google Arts & Culture
This project features “content from over 1000 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world’s treasures online.”
The Art Institute of Chicago
Nearly 100,000 items from the museum’s collections are available to be viewed digitally. The My Collections section of the site lets older students (ages 13+ or written parent permission) “make your own art collections by selecting artworks and adding your own notes about the works.”
View digital images of over 140,000 items from the museum’s collections. Many of the images are free to download and use (with citation) under the Getty’s Open Content Program.
The Indianapolis Museum of Art (at Newfields)
Over 20,000 objects from the museum’s collections are currently searchable and can be viewed digitally. The Deaccessioned Artworks section of the website is a fascinating glimpse into the decision making process that museums undergo when deciding whether or not to get rid of pieces that are in poor condition, of poor quality, or are seldom used to make way for the addition of new objects to the collections.
MoMa (Museum of Modern Art)
Search and view images of over 76,000 of the museum’s artworks. MoMA’s collections include works from the Impressionist movement up through the present day. Collection highlights include some of the world’s most iconic paintings, such as Dali’s The Persistence of Memory and VanGogh’s The Starry Night.
Grades 3-12: Main site; Grades PreK-2: Destination Modern Art
Pigments Through The Ages
This WebExhibit explores the history and science behind colors and the pigments that artists use to create them. The Look Closer section has a wealth of information about different techniques for examining artworks to learn about their history, the techniques used to create them, and even detect forgeries.
Color with Leo
Play color memory, create pictures using basic shapes, color in illustrations in the style of famous artworks, and learn about mixing colors.
Make an Animation
An easy to use animation making tool from ABCYa. Create up to 100 frames and export the finished movie as a GIF.
Drag and drop shapes to create your own portraits. Work in a style reminiscent of Pablo Picasso, or experiment to see how different you can make your artwork using only this set of shapes.
the Art Assignment
the Art Assignment is a regularly updated PBS Digital Studios YouTube Channel “hosted by curator Sarah Urist Green. Check for new episodes every other Thursday!” Sarah Urist Green is not only an art expert and Indianapolis local, she is part of the John Green and Hank Green family (Crash Course, Vlog Brothers, Pemberly Digital, etc.) so there’s some serious digital video expertise behind this project as well.