This site provides an excellent overview of the basic elements of art, which is essential for beginning art students. The animated graphics are fabulous and give meaningful visual representation of the elements of art. Because of the sites simplicity it could be useable for very young art students, but is equally valuable for older college-level art students who have had little grounding in the essential elements of art.
First Impressions: The site is user friendly and has a direct connection to the art content area. The heavy graphics take a bit of time to load, but the load time is not excessive and the wait is worth the information gained from the flash visual. In addition to the movement and excitement provided by the animated graphics, the site also has rich sound to accompany the learning material. Incorporating Curriculum and Standards: Because the site is based around the elements of art, this provides a strong connection to art curriculum needs. The K-12 standards in South Dakota are basic and broad in the art content area so this site is very useful for that purpose. As part of the triad activity this site was most heavily used in the Drawing 1 class and this site helped the instructor of that class meet the SD Board of Regents goal #4: Students will understand and interpret the human experience through arts and humanities. It was a perfect fit for this class because the course is designed to introduce the students to the fundamental elements of line, shape, form, space, tone and texture through studio experiences. Students draw a range of subjects including landscape, figure and still life. These same subjects are utilized in the Artists toolkit.
The site is not cluttered with advertising. The links are operational. Users on dial-up could have problems loading the heavy graphic content.