Fine and Performing Arts Links
21st Century Skills
- Arizona Academic Standards/Art Standards
- Arizona Alliance for Arts Education, Melissa Cox, Director. 6620 North Catalina Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85718
- Arizona Commission on the Arts
- Arizona Humanities Council
- Arizona Tax Credit ($200 for a single individual, $400 for a married couple filing jointly). To receive this tax credit, make out a check to the school of your choice. There is a list of Opening Minds through the Arts schools here and a list of all TUSD schools here. If you want your donation to apply to the OMA program, please mail the check to TUSD OMA Program, 2025 E. Winsett, Tucson, AZ 85719. For tax credit donations for band, orchestra, and other programs, mail the check to your chosen school. In the memo section of the check, you should indicate the program you would like to have your money assist. If you make a donation to the school's Fine and Performing Arts program, you should further indicate your area of interest by listing Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA), music, band, orchestra, drama, dance, or visual arts.
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- National Endowment for the Humanities
- Performing Arts Alliance: the Coalition of Performing Arts Advocates
- What You Can Do to Increase the Quality of Arts Education?
- Find out who is teaching the arts and what curriculum and activities are used.
- Let everyone know that, in your school, you want education in all four arts for all K-8 students and in at least one art form for students in grades 9-12.
- Make your school and community aware of the need for qualified arts teachers.
- Create an awareness and understanding of the importance of arts education with parents and students, faculty and administrators, school board and community members.
- YoungArts: a program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
The mission of the NFAA is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American Society.
Altered Books and Art
Disclaimer: Most books removed from TUSD classrooms and libraries are not available for altering. Those books, referred to as "discarded", are not actually thrown away. Instead they are recycled to other schools and districts. However, school libraries and classrooms sometimes have books that are either too badly damaged or too out-of-date to serve anyone's needs. Consult your school librarian about acquiring damaged books to alter. Other sources for suitable books for altering are thrift stores, yard sales, and sometimes the family bookshelves.
Art Games and Art Play for children of all ages
Art Museums for Kids
- Artissimo - The children's page for the Cybermuse (National Gallery of Canada).
- Decoding art - Cybermuse (National Gallery of Canada).
- Metropolitan Museum of Art - For Kids
- The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) - Founded in 1929 as an educational institution, the Museum of Modern Art seeks to create a dialogue between the established and the experimental, the past and the present, in an environment that is responsive to the issues of modern and contemporary art, while being accessible to a public that ranges from scholars to young children. The recently completed building project represents MoMA’s most extensive redefinition since its founding seventy-five years ago. Recently, the Department of Education, with MoMA's Digital Media department, has also developed a pair of innovative Web sites designed for young children and teenagers.
- National Gallery of Art for Kids - Explore stories in art, take a post card tour of one of the galleries, get directions for art activities and projects, and more.
- Tate Kids from Tate Gallery
Art Reference Sources
- A Hidden Picasso - Explore the behind-the-scenes story of how art conservators discovered a hidden painting by Pablo Picasso and what the image reveals about the 19-year-old Picasso who painted it.
- About the On-line Picasso Project
- Ai Kajima – Quilt artist/outlaw, kaleidoscopic art from fused fabric.
- Aminah’s World - Combining traditional art materials with found objects and everyday materials, artist Aminah Brenda Lynn Robinson creates magical two- and three-dimensional works of art.
- Ann Weber – Cardboard sculpture
- Art of Arizona – Tucson artist’s cooperative gallery, art by local artists
- Artist a Day – This website features a new artist every day. You can subscribe to the RSS feed or get a daily e-mail. If you have an iGoogle homepage, you can add an Artists a Day gadget. A great way to see the work of new artists.
- Brian Dettmer - Creating something new from old books
- Brian Evans: Music, mathematics, and visual art
- Cam Canaletto: Exploring Perspective - See how this painter created realistic space and then create your own masterpiece.
- Childe Hassam: American Impressionist - Learn more about this artist and his paintings.
- Chris Gilmour – Cardboard sculpture
- Claes Oldenburg - Coosje Van Bruggen
- Dale Chihuly
- Essential Vermeer
- Faith Ringgold
- Felice Varini - Experiments in perspective on a very large scale. No, they aren’t Photoshopped.
- Frida Kahlo - Take a look at the world of this renowned artist.
- Gaylen Hansen: Three Decades of Paintings - Learn more about the artist and his paintings.
- Georgia O’Keeffe
- Hans Hoffman - Explore the influential theories of the artist and teacher, as well as to give students insight into the artistic process itself.
- Henrietta Johnston - Get a glimpse of what life was like for the first professional female artist in America.
- How Van Gogh Made His Mark
- Ingrid Siliakus – Cut and folded paper
- Jen Stark – Paper sculpture
- Jenny, the Sandcastle Girl
- Jerry Uelsmann
- Jim McNeill - Animation and education
- Jim Yellowhawk
- Josh Schachter Photography
- Kadir Nelson
- Laura Breitman Mixed Media Collage - You have to see it to believe it!
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Martin Wattenberg - Data as abstract art; using data displays for understand; collective creation of data-driven art.
- Mel Ristau – great kinetic sculptures
- Monet’s Water Lilies
- Mykl Wells – Tucson sculptor working with cardboard
- The National Gallery
- Paint with Elizabeth Murray
- Pre-Raphaelite Online Resource
- Rebecca Murtaugh – Click on Works and then on Color Coded to see what can be done with Post-its.
- Rembrandt House Museum
- Romare Bearden – Let’s Walk the Block - Learn more about this artist and his fascination with New York.
- Tatiana Plakhova – Complexity graphics
- This Into That - Jim Rosenau's Gallery.
- Thomas Eakins: Scenes from Modern Life
- Tilly Willis
- Universal Leonardo - a highly interactive project that "aims to radically extend public understanding and appreciation of the deep unity and extraordinary diversity of Leonardo da Vinci’s work in all his fields of endeavour."
- Van Gogh and the Colors of the Night - Take a look at some of the artist’s beautiful works of art.
- Van Gogh Gallery - Complete catalog of Van Gogh works, including letters to and from Vincent Van Gogh. An incredible resource.
- Van Gogh/Gauguin Experience
- Virtual Dali
- Welcome to Claude Monet’s
Arts and Crafts
- Art Studio Chalkboard
- The Arts
- Canon Paper Craft - Origami plus.
- Crayola Crayons
- I am an Artist
- The Imagination Factory - This site provides art activities using recycled materials. Ideas and clear directions can be found for painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, fiber arts, and crafts from recycled media.
- KinderCrafts - Crafts for kindergarten and preschool children.
- Making patterns with natural forms
- NGA Kids: The Art Zone - Invites children of all ages to design a virtual mobile; create a collage, painting, or geometric sculpture online; design and texturize 3-dimensional shapes (and see how artists create these effects without a computer); create a "pixel face"; orchestrate an array of colorful shapes and patterns online. (NGA)
- Oriland - What Origami Can Be - This extensive site offers an origami world to explore, an opportunity to design cities with folded paper models, basic techniques and tips, and a studio with clear directions for folding more than 70 forms, as well as poetry and games.
- Psyanky, Ukrainian Easter Eggs
Arts Education Standards
Cartoons and Cartooning
Ceramics and Pottery
- 50 Web 2.0 ways to tell a story
- ArtsConnectED - ArtsConnectEd is the product of a partnership between The Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Walker Art Center. Using the power of the Internet to stimulate new approaches to learning, the goal of ArtsConnectEd is to make arts education timely, engaging, interactive, and pertinent for both teachers and students of all ages.
- ArtsEdge-The Kennedy Center Teachers' Resource
- ArtSiteNet (Purchase required) - Create a teaching museum filled with worldwide art and student portfolios.
- Common Curriculum – great classroom tools for building lesson plans and getting organized
- Curriki - Open Source Curriculum
- Discovery Education
- Educational Materials Center, Tucson Unified School District - Educational Materials Center has books, art prints, exhibits, culture kits, library panels, textiles and videos available for checkout within the district.
- How to use Journals in the Elementary and Middle School Classroom
- K-12 tech tools
- Library of Congress Classroom Materials
- Mapwing - Create and share a virtual tour of your school.
- Math and number activities using Wordle
- MindMeister - Collaborative Online Mind Mapping.
- PBworks: Free wiki's for educators
- Personal Learning Networks in the classroom (Edutopia)
- Using Wordle in the classroom
- Wordle - Another way to analyze written material.
- Wordle word clouds - From Teaching with Technology.
Common Core State Standards
Copyright Free Images
Drawing and Sketching
Economics and Finance
- 50 of the World’s Strangest Buildings
- A Century of Grand Canyon Art
- All the Mighty World - Photographs of Roger Fenton, 1852-1960. Shows photos of one of the most important photographers of the 19th century. Fenton photographed the English countryside, country houses, cathedrals, the royal family, still lifes, and figures in Asian costume. His photos documenting the Crimean War are among the first to depict war. (NGA)
- Amazing porcelain costumes of Li Xiofeng
- American Impressionism and Realism - Provides essays on 12 paintings and biographies of 8 artists: William Merritt Chase (1849-1916), Henry Twachtman (1853-1902), Childe Hassam (1859-1935), and others.
- American Treasures - Divided into three main areas - Memory, Reason, and Imagination - with approximately twenty items in each, this site is exceptionally rich. It is to be a continuously updated exhibit at the Library of Congress.
- Book of Kings (Shahnama) - Metropolitan Museum of Art Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History.
- A Brush with History - Paintings from the National Portrait Gallery. Features 66 paintings of Americans, including works by some of the most important portrait painters the nation has produced.
- Chandler Center for the Arts - Just a short drive away from Tucson with fabulous, free exhibits.
- Cloth & Clay: Communicating Culture - From the Textile Museum of Canada.
- Dan Flavin - A Retrospective. Looks at the life and works of an artist whose career-long exploration of light established him as a progenitor and chief exponent of minimalism. His use of fluorescent light is featured in this exhibit, the first comprehensive retrospective on one of the most influential artists of the late 20th century. (NGA)
- Dream Anatomy – Online exhibition from the National Library of Medicine
- Gerard ter Borch - Displays 14 pieces by one of the finest of all Dutch 17th-century painters. Ter Borch (1617-1681) was unrivaled at capturing the elegance and grace of wealthy burghers and expressing with subtlety the interactions between figures. He is renowned for his refined interior scenes and his mastery in rendering materials, particularly satins, which are notoriously difficult to paint. (NGA)
- James McNeill Whistler - Freer-Sackler Galleries
- Japanese Art Online Exhibition
- The Legacy Project
- Modernism - Discover over 250 objects representing nine Modernist movement.
- Motions of the Mind
- The Pottery Project Arizona State Museum
- Rhizome ArtBase
- Science and the Artist's Book
- Surrounded by Beauty: Arts of Native America
- This is Colossal – an incredible website by a blogger Christopher Jobson who finds amazing visual art
- Universal Leonardo
- Van Gogh - Gauguin Experience - An interactive on-line experience about time that Van Gogh and Gauguin spent together in the yellow house and their thoughts and feelings before, during and after. Includes some fun little puzzles and on-line activities. The site fits really well with the book "The Yellow House" by Susan Goldman Rubin. Click English to get the English language version.
- World Myths and Legends in Art (Minneapolis Institute of Arts)
- Cyndi’s List – This is the starting point for genealogy research. A comprehensive, categorized & cross-referenced list of links that point you to genealogical research sites online.
Green Things (including schools)
Holidays and Events
Internet Tips, Tricks & Treats
- Activities and Guides from The Legacy Project
- Ancient History from Mr. Donn
- ArtsWork - K-12 arts education materials.
- Cowboys: A 6-8 Lesson Plan from Discovery Education
- Del Corazon! - Latino Voices in American Art. Lessons developed by the University of Arizona in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution.
- Elementary Economics Lesson Plans from James Madison University
- Equations, Patterns and Weaving (Grades 8-11)
- The Getty Museum - From the Getty Institute for the Arts - many lesson plans and curriculum ideas.
- Getty Museum’s Grade by Grade Guide to Building Visual Arts Lessons
- Haring Kids
- Incredible Art Lessons - Showcasing art lessons submitted by teachers.
- Kwanzaa Lesson (K-2)
- Lesson Corner – large selection of free lesson plans, also has premium content available for low yearly subscription
- Lessons Plans Page from HotChalk
- Modern Teachers – from the Museum of Modern Art
- Music and Art Lessons
- NGA Classroom - For Teachers and Students. A great place where teachers and students can connect art and curriculum. From the extensive choices provided, you can access lessons and resources by curriculum, topic, or artist. And don't miss their interactive features including Ancient Arcade, where you become a myth-master with this game of gods and symbols -- Medal Maker, where you draw, paint and print your own medal -- Mobile Maker, where you design your own mobile and spin it -- Cake Maker, where you decorate cakes in the art bakery.
- Nineteenth-Century America in Art and Literature presents documents paired with 7 paintings, including "Mahantango Valley Farm," "Jolly Flatboatmen," and "White Cloud, Head Chief of the Iowas." These paintings and writings help students see the impact of geography, technology, economics, and politics as America moved west, shifted from farming to industry, and fought a civil war. (NGA)
- North American Cultures: a lesson plan from Discovery Education
- PBS LearningMedia™ is your destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the Interactive Whiteboard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans. You can search, save, and share with ease. Best of all, PBS LearningMedia™ is free for educators. http://az.pbslearningmedia.org/
- The performing arts in art – Getty Museum’s interdisciplinary curriculum exploring the ways visual artist have interpreted the performing arts.
- Picturing America: Lesson plans from EDSITEment
- Scholastic for Teachers
- Sonic sketching: Painting pictures with found sounds (PBS, 4-8)
- Teacher Resource Center of the Oriental Institute Museum – Lessons and activities on Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Nubia.
- TeacherLINK from the Adele and Dale Young Education Technology Center
- Textured Turkeys; Grade 1-5: Texture as an element of art
- Thanksgiving Lesson Ideas from Education World
- Thanksgiving Lesson Plans from Teachnology
- Thanksgiving multidisciplinary art lesson; Grade 3
- A Drum Lessons Database
- American Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
- Arizona Opera: Education
- ARTSEDGE: The Arab World
- BBC Orchestras & Singers
- Beethoven Reference Site
- Beethoven Rocks! - An introduction to the life and work of the Classical music composer Ludwig van Beethoven.
- Chord House
- Classics for Kids
- Creative Kids Central
- DSO Kids - Welcome to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's "magical world" of musical fun and learning with these interactive activities and music clips.
- A Guide to Medieval and Renaissance Instruments - Musica Antiqua's illustrated guide: pictures, descriptions, audio samples and history.
- History of Jazz: Scholastic
- Honky Tonks, Hymns and the Blues - Examines the history of country guitar, country fiddling, country blues, Jimmie Rodgers (the father of country music), Thomas Dorsey (famous for raunchy records and sacred hymns), the Carter Family, Bob Wills and western swing, the Maddox Brothers and sister Rose, accordion-inspired "conjunto" (combination) music along Mexico's northern border, honky tonk women and more. Descriptions, photos and sound clips of music and interviews are included. (NEH)
- Jazz In America - Lesson plans and other resources that trace the development of jazz as a part of the American music culture.
- John Philip Sousa - American Composer, Conductor and Patriot. Features biography, bibliography, work list, sound files, news, links and more!
- K-12 Resources for Music Educators - Valuable resources for music educators and students of all areas and educational levels.
- Library of Congress - Music, Theater and Dance. Experience the diversity of American performing arts through the Library's unsurpassed collections of scores, sheet music, audio recordings, films, photographs, maps, and other materials.
- Magic Maestro Music: Classical Music CD's for Children. Great CD's with lots of extras. Educational Materials Center has several titles available for checkout.
- Mississippi Blues Trail - Travel along to discover the stories of the people and places of American Jazz.
- Morton Subotnick’s Creating Music
- The Mozart Project - A wealth of resources is available on this site concerning the life, times, and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
- Music and Songs
- Music Tech Teacher Quizzes & Games
- The New York Philharmonic Kidzone!
- Perfect Pitch - Get to know the instruments of the orchestra and make music.
- Piano on the Net
- Ricci Adams’ Musictheory.net
- San Francisco Symphony for Kids - This site provides information about instruments, a music basics tutorial and a listing of family programs and activities at the San Francisco Symphony.
- Science of Music: Accidental Scientist - What is music? Is birdsong music? How about the tap-tap-tap of a hammer, or the wail of a creaking door? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? Explore the science of music through these online exhibits, movies and questions. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment and above all… listen.
- Sonic sketching: Painting pictures with found sounds (PBS, 4-8)
- Sphinx Kids! Classical Music Interactive Learning & Games
- The Story of Swan Lake (CD from Maestro Classics)
- Thomas Hampson - I Hear America Singing
- Tucson Desert Song Festival – annual 10 day Festival celebrating vocal music
- Tucson Festival of Books
- Virtual Keyboard
- The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Printing, Printmaking and Typography
Professional/Personal Learning Networks
- Chicago Field Museum Evolving Planet – Great site for exploring geologic time
- Evolutionary Genealogy – Resource for teachers
- Geological Society of America – Earth science lesson plans and resources
- Journey of Mankind – Shows the movement of people on the map over the last 160,000 years. The shows both the movement of people with the changes in climate and provides information about the scientific discoveries that are the basis of the map. This is a wonderful site!
- National Center for Science Education
- OneZoom Tree of Life Explorer
- Palaeos: Life through Deep Time – Interesting but cryptic site
- Science of Music - Accidental Scientist. What is music? Is birdsong music? How about the tap-tap-tap of a hammer, or the wail of a creaking door? Is playing a garbage can different than playing a drum? Explore the science of music through these online exhibits, movies and questions. Along the way, you can compose, mix, dance, drum, experiment and above all…listen.
- Time Tree of Life
- Tree of Life Web Project – Huge site, lots of picture, easy navigation
Technology and Arts
Time, Calendar and Clocks
Weaving and Braiding