- 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 art.
- 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 dial-up software, e-mail and a World Wide Web client program, preferably Netscape, but perhaps Mosaic or Lynx). 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: 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 their classrooms.
One Computer vs. 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 classrooms that do not have access to a computer lab with full Internet connections, students can work in research groups to explore Internet sites and conduct their research.
If you have only one computer with Internet access, you may choose to do one of the following:
- If you have the technology, you may hook-up the computer to a TV monitor or 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.