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Web Guide for AP Art History

by Yu Bong Ko
Tappan Zee High School
Orangeburg, New York

The proliferation of Web sites dealing with art history content on the Internet has provided a wide array of resources for both teachers and students to use in the classroom and beyond. Many teachers are currently using these wonderful online resources to supplement textbooks and traditional slide collections. This collection of sites is a basic and introductory Web guide for navigating through online material suitable for AP Art History classrooms. We are fortunate that art historians -- with other art historians in mind -- have created these Web sites for us to use. This Web guide is loosely grouped to reflect major content areas found in the AP Topic Outline.

Portals
Art Outside of the European Tradition
Museum Resources for Art Teachers
Architecture and Sculpture
Artists and Artworks Search Indices
Photography and References


Portals

Art History Resources on the Web
Created and maintained by Professor Christopher Witcombe of Sweet Briar College, Virginia, this is one of the first Web sites of its kind. Arguably the best and most comprehensive compilation of art and art history content on the Internet, the site provides a massive gateway to just about everything that you need to get started, from the general to the specific. The site includes a section on art outside of European traditions, as well as a very informative section on research resources in art history. One could spend months on this site alone and still would not have turned over all of its stones.
  Art History Resources on the Web

Mother of All Art and Art History Links Page
Sponsored by the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, this is an ambitious and highly successful project resulting in very useful and global art and art history content links -- including Research Resources, Online Art and Image Collections, and Art Museums, just to name a few.
  Mother of All Art and Art History Links Page

Art Outside of the European Tradition

National Museum of African Art
The Smithsonian's collection embraces the diverse artistic expressions found throughout Africa, from ancient to contemporary times. Painting, printmaking, sculpture, and other media are well represented, especially through living artists whose works address global and local art trends and transform classic artistic traditions into modern idioms. The search features for African Art are neatly divided into "Diversity," "Uses," and "Imagery," including a "Current Tours" section.
  National Museum of African Art

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Both galleries house a renowned collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Near East, including artwork that dates back as far as the fifteenth century. In addition to fine collections of digital images, the site's online exhibitions and gallery guides are outstanding, well written, and updated frequently.
  Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Timeline of Art History
This wonderful link off of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's main page contains interactive and self-contained hyperlinks to art across time and continents. Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world. It is a great site for cross-cultural comparisons of artworks at given points in history. First launched in 2000, the Timeline now extends from prehistory to 1800 A.D., and will continue to expand in scope and depth. The Timeline will encompass art history up to the present day by the fall of 2004.
  Timeline of Art History

Museum Resources for Art Teachers

National Gallery of Art
The National Gallery of Art (NGA) has one of the very best museum Web sites anywhere and sets the standard for other major museums around the world. Text and/or data on all of the more than 106,000 objects in the gallery's collection can be found using various search capabilities, including images of more than 5,300 of these objects. One can also choose an online tour by school or medium and explore the National Gallery's collections of painting, sculpture, decorative arts, and graphic arts. Many guides are available as PDF (Portable Document Format) files and can be downloaded in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Of particular note are the "In-depth Study Tours," an online exploration of a selected artist, a specific work of art, or a theme treated in depth with specially designed electronic features. In addition, the "Virtual Exhibition Tours" take advantage of computer-based technology to allow the viewer to "walk" through these QuickTime VR tours of NGA exhibitions. One can select specific works of art for larger image views, close-up details, streaming audio commentary, and information about the object. Lastly, the National Gallery's Education, Teacher Resources, and Lending Services programs are the best of their kind.
  National Gallery of Art

Museum Web Sites
The following museums have a wealth of materials created specifically for teachers by the art museum educators -- including teacher packets, slide sets, reproductions, virtual tours, online resources, distance learning, and curricula. In addition, the museums included in the list regularly focus on art outside of the European tradition and are particularly strong on African Art and Ancient Egyptian Art.
  The Art Institute of Chicago
  Cincinnati Art Museum
  Dallas Museum of Art
  Indianapolis Museum of Art
  Los Angeles County Museum of Art
  Metropolitan Museum of Art
  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  National Gallery of Art
  Seattle Art Museum
  Utah Museum of Fine Arts
  The Walters Art Gallery

Architecture and Sculpture

Art Images for College Teaching
AICT is a free-to-use image resource for the educational community. The content and images are particularly strong on architecture and sculpture. The works documented through the images in this Web site have been indexed according to their inclusion in a number of widely used undergraduate art history survey textbooks. Click on the "Textbook Concordance" section to get additional information.
  Art Images for College Teaching

Digital Imaging Project
This site claims to contain more than 10,000 art historical images of architecture and sculpture from prehistoric to postmodern times, created and maintained by Mary Ann Sullivan of Bluffton College. The project truly scores high marks for providing good alternate and multiple views of works, along with solid annotations that accompany images. One can utilize three separate indices to search by artists and architects, chronology, or historical sites.
  Digital Imaging Project

The Great Buildings Collection
This gateway to architecture around the world boasts thousands of buildings and hundreds of architects. Searches will yield photographic images, architectural drawings, commentaries, bibliography, Web links, and 3-D models. The latter requires a download of "Design Workshop Lite," the official 3-D viewing software for this site, free for both Windows and Power Macintosh. The software allows one to experience, when available, building models in 3-D, with walkthroughs, pre-set architectural views, and plan and elevation viewing.
  The Great Buildings Collection

Artist and Artworks Search Indices

CGFA: A Virtual Art Museum
You can truly find a goldmine of quality scanned images here if you don't mind the many banner ads. Artists at this site have been indexed, searchable by name or by nationality or time frame. You can also simply go to the first page of any letter to get to artists alphabetized by name.
  CGFA: A Virtual Art Museum

Web Gallery of Art
Web Gallery of Art contains over 11,600 digital reproductions of European painting and sculpture created between 1,150 and 1,800. This is truly a thoughtful and complete site, providing the user with interlinked visuals and textual information. The well-designed and versatile search configuration allows one to conduct the visit to the site in a number of different ways, such as "dual-window mode" for more effective viewing and comparison of artworks, and the highly informative "guided-tour."
  Web Gallery of Art

Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
In addition to the truly fine information about the museums, this site contains the Thinker ImageBase, a searchable image and text database of more than 110,000 objects. Their innovative storage system, coupled with breakthrough software, lets you see details of the art at high magnification. This is a wonderful site and always on the list of top art history resources on the Web.
  Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

Mark Harden's Artchive
This site has over 2,000 high quality scans of artwork by Mark Harden, with a nicely done search index from Abakanowicz to Wyeth. The only drawback is that too many ads in the form of banners and pop-ups appear; otherwise, this is a good site for quick look-up of well-known artists, styles, and specific works of art. One will find accompanying commentary and textual information helpful. A CD-Rom of the archive is available to patrons at a nominal cost.
  Mark Harden's Artchive

Photography and References

Photography
Masters of Photography
One can easily browse through the list of artists here, read the accompanying articles and resources, and view the photographs. Those not overly familiar with many of the photographers will find the "Photographer Summaries" helpful in browsing the site. Many teachers are always short of slides and reproductions in the area of master photography, and this site lends a helping hand in alleviating some of the deficiencies. A CD-Rom of the archive is available to patrons at a nominal cost.
  Masters of Photography

A History of Photography
In addition to concise information on many of the most important photographers of the period, this site contains information on some of the most significant processes used during the early days of photography. The project is confined to the first eighty years or so. It may be a useful starting-off point for students in art history classes that include a too-brief study of the history of photography.
  A History of Photography

References
ART LEX Art Dictionary
This site defines more than 3,500 terms used in general visual culture (many germane to art history), with hyperlinks to supporting images, pronunciation notes, quotations, and cross-references.
  ART LEX Art Dictionary

Art History Research Center (AHRC)
The AHRC provides useful tools for sharing key resources and methods of online research so that art historians can find resources relevant to their work. A few of the nine major searchable categories include "University Art History Departments," "Newsgroups," "Citing Electronic Sources," and "The Internet as a Research Medium for Art History."
  Art History Research Center (AHRC)

Researching Art History on the Internet
Professor Chris Witcombe's informative guide is a prerequisite to doing any type of research on the Internet. I personally spend time with my students on this site several times during the course of the year.
  Researching Art History on the Internet

Columbia Guide to Online Style
This is one online guide for locating, translating, and using the elements of citation for both a humanities style (i.e., MLA and Chicago) and a scientific style (APA and CBE) for electronic and online sources.
  Columbia Guide to Online Style

AP Central Articles
Accessing and Using Digital Images in Art History
This article gives suggestions for finding digital images of art works as well as the hardware and software necessary to project them in the classroom.
  Accessing and Using Digital Images in Art History

Using PowerPoint Slides in the AP Art History Classroom
This related article discusses how to use Microsoft PowerPoint slides to integrate digital images of artworks into effective classroom presentations.
  Using PowerPoint Slides in the AP Art History Classroom


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