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Peer Review

FAMSF: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco



Overall Numeric Rating:

5 stars
Content Quality: 5 stars
Effectiveness: 5 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Jul 02, 2002 by Teacher Education
Overview: One of the main features of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco site is its
searchable image and text database 75,000 objects from the collections of the
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Over 12,000 artists are represented in the
collection. Exhibitions and specific information for both the de Young and
Legion of Honor Museums are easily accessed. A new feature, the Virtual
Gallery, allows you to create your own online gallery and share it with others.
The accessible image collection and this ability to select and create personal
online galleries from the huge database are very supportive of middle school
through graduate student art education studies.
Type of Material: Resource, collection, simulation
Recommended Uses: Art education instruction, teacher education, interdisciplinary instruction.
Technical Requirements: The Virtual Gallery where you can create your own collection and share it with
others requires Shockwave 8 from Macromedia.
Identify Major Learning Goals: Users of this site will be able view, appreciate, and find educational uses for
the vast ine image collection of historical and cultural artwork in the deYoung
and Legion of Honor Museums.
Target Student Population: Middle School through Graduate School students and teachers; Anyone interested
in viewing artwork.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills: Basic online searching skills are needed. Knowledge or understanding of
particular artists, painting genres, or techniques will enhance the experience,
but is not required.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The size and depth of this visual arts database is extraordinary. With over
75,000 objects available for viewing, many of the world's greatest art pieces
are now available at your finger tips. The database contains images of
paintings, sculptures and other artistic artifacts. Each image has a
description of the item linked to it, along with the time period in which it was
created. The new Virtual Gallery allows anyone to become immediately involved
with the collection and become a virtual curator. This site can extremely
useful for student teachers who need to learn about art education and for
teachers who are located in rural or remote locations and wish to share visual
art examples with historical and cultural contexts for their students. Teachers
can certainly design assignments and lessons based on this visual art database
to fit their specific needs and lessons. Advance preparation by the instructor
can only enhance the visit and tasks accomplished by the students.

Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: Art educators, teacher educators, and those who work in the humanities will be
able to immediately put the image database and virtual gallery to use in their
work. Research, investigations, and comparing and contrasting for styles,
artists, techniques, etc. can be developed, constructed, or assigned with the
information available at this site. The ability for the user to create his or
her own gallery opens some interesting possibilities for use. Using the Virtual
Gallery, instructors might have students create a gallery made up of images
that demonstrate particular artistic elements. Another way the Virtual Gallery
might be used is to have history or social studies methods students create an
exhibit that depicts certain elements of a time period that can be used as media
within a lesson.
Concerns: This is more of a helpful hint than a concern: It is helpful to know what you
are searching for or wish to find when you visit this site, but it is not
necessary. By simply typing in a basic noun, like boat, you will find a vast
array of images with boats. By typing in an artist's name you will find all the
works in the entire collection by that artist. Educators can help make the
visit to this site more meaningful by structuring the visit with a task or
assignment when searching for a particular image or work by a particular artist.

Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The searchable database can be used immediately by both novices and experienced
online users. It is available from almost every page within the site. Searching
the database can be done by quicksearch, advanced search, and by key words. The
site is easy to navigate and the information is clear and updated often. The
images in the database load in thumbnail size first which is efficient. Users
can select particular images and are able to zoom in several levels for
Concerns: None

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