From the earliest times, people have tried to express their thoughts, feelings, and understanding of the world around them by creating art. The arts-both visual and performing-provide unique modes for communicating ideas and emotions. According to Ezra Pound, "The artist is the antenna of the race."
(For more information and links about Art, be sure and check out the "Imagination" Themepark.)
The Getty Museum collections comprise seven areas of art from Greek and Roman antiquities to contemporary American and European photographs. In addition to a brief history of the collections, a selection of objects from each of the collection areas is presented on this website
This website was created to support the PBS series by Ken Burns. Audio clips of many jazz performers are available, as well as interesting historical and biographical information of the highlights of jazz in the United States.
This site provides a sampling of artwork from the Museum of Modern Art, giving visitors a chance to enjoy and learn about the types of art represented in the museum's vast collection. At the Collections section viewers can see and hear about different works of art, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, and more.
The National Museum of American Art is the official site of the Smithsonian Institution's art collections. Easily navigable and interactive, the main page leads to online exhibitions, the permanent collections, and research tools.
The University of Washington, School of Drama created this site to aid in online research of theatre throughout the ages. Links under Cultural Sites/Theatre Resources are very extensive; links are also grouped by historical period.
The Web Gallery of Art is a virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque periods (1150-1750), currently containing over 8,000 reproductions. Biographies and commentaries are available.
This fine art search engine allows the viewer to search for artists by name, artworks by title, or museums by name or place. You can also browse their database of over 7,500 great artists by movement, medium, subject, or nationality.
This site features the major 20th Century and contemporary visual artists. Artists can be searched by name, art movement, style, or medium.
The lives of composers tell us a great deal about the history of music and the music they created. At this site, you can read about the composers and, in many cases, hear examples of their works.
Learn all about how Hollywood films are made. Categories include screenwriting, directing, producing, acting, editing, as well as a page of related links and a bibliography of texts relating to the movie industry.
When you know a melody and you do not know its title or composer, this melody search engine will help you. The search engine retrieves the title and the composer of the melody you entered. The database includes more than 1500 classical music melodies.
Discover the common functions of music around the world.
At this website you can learn about an artist, explore a work of art, try an activity, or study a theme or culture.
Experience a sampling of instruments.
AccessArt is an evolving collection of online workshops and arts educational activities aimed at all ages. For teachers, educators and artists, AccessArt provides easy access to contemporary issues in visual arts education and an exchange of information and ideas.
This is a comprehensive arts resource that indexes art sites by both time period and culture. It also serves as a gateway to various museums and galleries around the world.
Geared to younger children, this site features a large collection of free online art lesson plans and art education information.
- Anholt, Laurence. Camille and the Sunflowers: A Story About Vincent Van Gogh. Barrons Juveniles, 1994.
- Anholt, Laurence. Degas and the Little Dancer: A Story About Edgar Degas. Barrons Juveniles, 1996.
- Anholt, Laurence. Picasso and the Girl With a Ponytail: A Story About Pablo Picasso. Barrons Juveniles, 1998.
- Frohardt, Darcie Clark. Teaching Art with Books Kids Love: Teaching Art Appreciation, Elements of Art, and Principles of Design with Award-Winning Children's Books. Fulcrum Pub., 1999.
- Gair, Angela. Artist's Manual: A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and Techniques. Chronicle Books, 1996.
- Ganeri, Anita and Ben Kingsley. The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra. Harcourt Brace, 1996.
- Geisel, Theodore Seuss and Maurice Sendak. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. Random House, 1995.
- Hamilton, Meredith and Robert T. Levine. Story of the Orchestra: Listen While you Learn About the Instruments, the Music and the Composers Who Wrote the Music! Black Dog and Leventhal Pub., 2000.
- Hammond, Susan. Beethoven Lives Upstairs: A Tale of Childhood and Genius. Childrens Group, 1993.
- Isom, Joan Shaddox. The First Starry Night. Charlesbridge Publishing, 1998.
- Kohl, MaryAnn F. Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters. Bright Ring Pub., 1997.
- Laden, Nina. When Pigasso Met Mootisse. Chronicle Books, 1998.
- Mayhew, James. Katie Meets the Impressionists. Orchard Books, 1999.
- Mayhew, James. Katie and the Mona Lisa. Orchard Books, 1999.
- Nilsen, Anna. Art Fraud Detective. Larousse Kingfisher Chambers, 2001.
- Saccardi, Marianne. Art in Story: Teaching Art History to Elementary School Children. Linnet Professional Pubns., 1997.
- Smith, Ray et al. DK Art School: An Introduction to Art Techniques. DK Publishing, 2000.
- Winter, Jeanette. Sebastian: A Book About Bach. Browndeer Press, 1999.