Today’s guest post comes from Jenna Lee Smith. She is an art educator exploring the use of various technologies to enhance and extend learning beyond her own art classroom. Join me in welcoming Jenna to EducationCloset.com – I thank her for generously sharing her resources with us today!
I’m not regularly a huge proponent of bringing computer technology into the art studio. However, on occasion something catches my eye, and I am forced to make an exception. Recently, I found a pretty great website allowing art lovers, teachers, and students everywhere to examine various art fairs abroad. All without leaving the comfort of their own country, home, or even classroom.
Thefairgoer.com will most recently show art from an International Photography & Art Fair in Milan in early May, and then another from Barcelona in late May. This site provides teachers with an excellent opportunity to show their art students current art trends. In addition to, what sells, and can provide further inspiration for students. If you teach in a smaller town, this can be exceptionally beneficial. This is simply because access to these art fairs is limited, if not non-existent.
Much to my further astonishment, fairgoer.com isn’t the only site to offer access to art. When I showed a fellow teacher the site, thinking I would be expanding her bag of cool teaching tricks, she turned right around and threw one back at me. She told me about The Google Art Project, and how the site actually allows you to tour all the famous art museums of the world. You can actually take an online tour of the Louvre itself!
This site provides yet another excellent opportunity to show your students the great masterpieces of the world, along with a few others that aren’t as well known by masters, when they otherwise wouldn’t have access. Nothing like a virtual fieldtrip to see the German Expressionists or great Impressionists works when your school won’t fund a real fieldtrip.
Traditionally, I wasn’t a huge fan of bringing a computer into the classroom. However, for the sake of art and in the spirit of giving the children a chance to view world-class work from around the globe, I think art sites are truly a great way to supplement lesson plans. I can’t imagine any reason not to use these amazing tools in the classroom. In any case, I thought I’d pass this along to all you other teachers out there looking for new, intriguing lesson plan ideas, or just a way to spread a little foreign art love around the classroom. Enjoy!