Common Contexts for Inquiry
- Grade Level: Middle School, High School
- Subject Area: Art, Foreign Languages
Students establish a relationship with another group of students who are studying the same foreign language or have the reverse complement of first and second languages from the first classroom and agree to exchange aesthetic responses to the same images from an Internet site.
- Develop a relationship with a group of students who are studying the same subject matter.
- Select images that provide challenges for aesthetic and critical inquiry.
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 with the necessary hardware components (mouse, keyboard, and monitor) as well as a World Wide Web browser. In the section below, we specify any "special" hardware or software 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: A medium-speed or higher connection.
- Introduce the lesson by outlining for students the plans for the next few class sessions. Review with students that in Lesson One, they developed skills that enabled them to analyze artworks from the perspectives of aesthetics and art criticism. Let students know that they will establish a connection with another group of students who are studying the same foreign language or have the reverse complement of first and second languages, that they will propose and select common images from an Internet site with the collaborating group of students, that they will write aesthetic and critical responses to those images and that they will exchange those responses with the collaborating class.
- Establish a connection with another classroom or group of students who are studying the same foreign language or who have the reverse complement of first and second languages with the class using one of the Internet exchange programs available (see Internet Resources below).
- Have students in both groups propose, select, and agree to write aesthetic and critical responses to several images from an Internet site (see Internet Resources below.) Select images that would be challenging for aesthetic and critical dialogue. For example, students might choose three artworks that vary in style (e.g. abstract, expressionistic, or realistic) and media (e.g. sculpture, painting, drawing).
- Museums and other Art Related Sites Gateways
A collection of museums and art related sites from the Getty ArtsEdNet website.
- The Museum of Modern Art
Images from the paintings and sculpture collection of The Museum of Modern Art would provide students with an exceptional variety of styles from which to choose. MoMA holds the world's largest and most inclusive collection of modern painting and sculpture, comprising some 3,200 works dating from the late nineteenth century to the present day. The collection represents a comprehensive overview of the major artists and movements since the 1880s, from CÚzanne's Bather and van Gogh's Starry Night to masterworks of today. The Museum owns exceptional groups of work by Matisse, Picasso, Mir÷, Mondrian, Brancusi, and Pollock. Exhibitions of MoMA's Cubist and Abstract Expressionist paintings would constitute thorough histories of those movements.
- ARTnet Nebraska: Looking at Art
This page has links to different kinds of art collections: Traditional Art Collections Online, Traditional Style Art Exhibits Online, Sites of Contemporary Artists, Student Art Galleries, and Virtual Collections.
- GlobalSchoolNet Foundation
GlobalSchoolNet Foundation provides services and "training wheels" for educators on the Internet.
- Global Schoolhouse Project
Utilizing the Internet and the most advanced technology of the day, the Global Schoolhouse provides its participants with opportunities for life-long learning. The Global Schoolhouse is a virtual meeting place where people of all ages and backgrounds can collaborate, interact, develop, publish, and discover resources.
- Internet Projects Registry
A central place to find partners and projects on the Internet, organized by the month they begin.
- CU-SeeMe Schools Directory
A listing of K12 schools around the world who have the ability to participate in CU-SeeMe videoconferencing and an archive of events schools can participate in.
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