Electronic Field Trips
- Grade level: Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: Art
Students will visit two on-line art museums to view and
analyze several landscapes from both Asian and European-Impressionist painters. Students
will also create landscape paintings of their own in the style of the two genres.
- Develop skills in comparing and contrasting works and genres of
- Explore and develop skills in applying a range of media, techniques,
and processes in their artistic creations.
Materials and Resources
In developing our lessons and activities, we made some
assumptions about the hardware
and software that would be available in the classroom for teachers who visit the
LETSNet Website. We assume that teachers using our Internet-based lessons or
activities have a computer
(PC or Macintosh) with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and
monitor) as well as software (operating system, TCP/IP software, networking or
software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but
Mosaic or Lynx). In the section below, we specify any "special"
requirements for a lesson or activity (in addition to those described above)
and the level of Internet access required to do the activity.
Special hardware requirements: None.
Special software requirements: None.
Internet access: High-speed (greater than 1 MBPS via network).
Classroom resources: Art materials for students to explore the different
genres of painting.
Unit Lesson Plans
- Lesson One: Exploring Asian Landscapes.
Students visit an on-line Asian art museum, analyze several landscapes, and
explore the painting techniques.
- Lesson Two: Exploring Impressionist Landscapes.
Students visit an on-line art museum in Paris, analyze several landscapes, and
explore Impressionist painting techniques.
- Lesson Three: Comparing Asian and Impressionist Landscapes. Students draw on the
knowledge of Asian and Impressionist landscapes they have gained during the
previous two lessons.
Relation to Standards
We have drawn on the National
Standards for Arts Education outlined by the
Consortium of National Arts Education Associations. These standards provide
excellent guidelines for teachers on how to focus visual arts in
One Computer versus Many
The plans for this unit are tailored to fit teaching
situations where students
have access to several computers with an Internet connection. To accommodate
that do not have access to a computer lab with full Internet connections,
work in research groups to explore Internet sites and conduct their research.
If you have only one computer with Internet access, you
choose to do one of the following:
- If you have the technology, you may hook-up the computer to a TV
LCD projector. This will allow the whole class to see sites in the preliminary
stages when students are exploring sites created by other children.
- You may choose to have
students rotate through computer with Internet access in groups.
- You may also download files from the Internet and save them to a
disk. Then transfer Netscape
[http://home.netscape.com] onto your other computers. Now you can transfer the
files you down-loaded and saved to a disk to the other non-internet computers to
view with Netscape.
This will not allow students to explore the pages with hyper-links, but they will
be able to access and view the information by opening each file with Netscape.
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