The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center created this interactive site to allow different learning styles to be influenced by art. The art gallery allows visitors to create their own online gallery of their favorite pieces, while the Playground lets users interact online and create a variety of different types of artwork. Students will enjoy the interactive art activity in "Another Look" in the Look and Listen part of the Playground. Explore online or download the TEachers' Guide. Besides the Ballery and Playground, there is information for teacher's classroom, a library, an archives, a site tour, and site search feature.
The goal of ArtsConnectEd is to make arts education timely, engaging, interactive, and pertinent for both teachers and students of all ages.
Target Student Population:
Pre-K through adult arts education students and teachers, children and parents
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Type of Material:
Collection, simulations, reference
K-12 students can interact directly with the resources and animations found at this site. Teachers and student teachers can design lessons, online investigations, and research projects around several different parts of this site.
Several of the interactive experiences at this site, especially in the Playground, need special applications or plug-ins for one of the following: Shockwave, Flash, QuickTime, or Cosmo VRML. Direct links for downloading these are available from this site. Each interactive item is clearly identified with what plug-in it needs.
Evaluation and Observation
This rich, visual, and versatile site features PreK-Adult interactive activities that allow different learning styles to be influenced by art. There are combined art collections, libraries, and archives from the Walker Art Center and The Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Full-color digital images of works of art, audio and video samples, and textual information are presented in organized sections. There are more than 80 online lesson plans and curriculum units for K-12 teachers, reflecting the newly instituted Minnesota Graduation Standards and the National Content Standards in the Arts. There are online activities for all age groups that range from simple exercises on color and scale to complex 3D environments. The link to ArtsNet Minnesota contains four thematic curriculum units developed with arts educators throughout the state, entitled Environment, Identity, Inner Worlds, and What is Art?. Related arts education links and resources are also included. The content is updated regularly.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
As integration, interdisciplinary studies, and technology continue to evolve in the K-university arena arts simulations, collections, and references packaged like this site does, offer support for visual literacy within the entire curriculum. Having immediate access to concrete arts examples for the development of a class project, a research investigation, written report, or web page can stimulate the flow of more creative ideas for both students and educators. The interactive learning activities are diverse and designated for age appropriateness.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Netscape or Internet Explorer are the recommended browsers. The site is easy to navigate and well designed for locating the different resources. There are clear and specific directions for accessing the range of examples on this site. The About ArtsEdConnect link from the main page leads to the For Best Viewing link that includes the recommended hardware,
browsers, and direct links to all necessary plug-ins necessary for viewing every item within the site. There is also a powerful search engine within the site. The zoomable image features within the ArtsConnectEd site are driven by Live Pictures Image Server Enterprise Edition. The Live Picture Servers Universal Viewing technology allows users to zoom into multi-resolution Flashpix images and examine them in detail. There's no need for client software or plug-ins, and it works with standard Web browsers.