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Art is not just about learning to draw, paint or sculpt. It is about visual literacy. Learning how to look and how to see is crucial to our appreciation and understanding of everything. Art is also an often-overlooked primary resource when learning history. For example, when I was teaching my sons about the Civil War, I opened a book of Winslow Homer's early paintings, and showed my kids what a soldier's campsite really looked like, painted by someone who had been standing right there. When we visited the Egyptian galleries at the Metropolitan Museum, we learned about children in that ancient culture by carefully "reading" the tomb paintings. If you want to know what games children played in the Middle Ages, look at the paintings of Breughel, who lived in that era.

Learning how to see, and how to discover history through art, is only part of the fun. Art is also about experiencing creativity and expressing oneself. Here are some delightful websites that will help your children do just that.


Architecture is art in visible and usable form. From a new condo block to an ancient cathedral, architecture is all around us.

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Become a published artist (or author)! Launch Pad is an online magazine publishing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, book reviews, and artwork by children ages 6-12. Check out their submission guidelines.
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Art Lessons, websites, and more

Laurie Spigel offers classes in art history for kids. See some Art from Laurie Spigel's Art Classes.

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Art Supplies

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Art Museums etc.

Every museum has its own website. Google a search for the art and the culture or the country you are looking for, and you might get to peek at the collections of the Prado in Madrid, or take a virtual tour of the Louvre in Paris, or visit the famous Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia.

See also What's Free or Cheap in NYC - Art.

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Art History

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Websites etc. about Specific Artists and Art Movements

Artists & Movements: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Constantin Brâncuşi Constantin Brâncuşi
Georges Braque Georges Braque
Pieter Breughel Pieter Bruegel/Breugel/Brueghel
Alexander Calder Alexander Calder
Mary Cassatt Mary Cassatt
Paul Cézanne Paul Cézanne
Cubism Cubism
Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo's Workshop: a delightful interactive website about Leonardo da Vinci for kids
Dadaism Dadaism
Salvador Dali Salvador Dali
The Dali Museum
Giorgio de Chirico Giorgio de Chirico
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Edgar Degas Edgar Degas
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Thomas Gainsborough Thomas Gainsborough online
Paul Gauguin Paul Gauguin
Alberto Giacometti Alberto Giacometti
Giotto Giotto di Bondone
Juan Gris Juan Gris
Impressionism Impressionism
Marcel Jean Marcel Jean
Wassily Kandinsky Wassily Kandinsky
Paul Klee Paul Klee
Édouard Manet Édouard Manet
Henri Matisse Henri Matisse
Michelangelo Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni
Joan Miró Joan Miró Foundation, Barcelona
Joan Miró
Claude Monet Claude Monet Life and Art
Henry Moore Henry Moore
Berthe Morisot Berthe Morisot
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Louise Nevelson Louise Nevelson
Papercuts Papercuts
Pablo Picasso Official website.
Pablo Picasso has some info and more links.
Camille Pissarro Camille Pissarro
Pointillism Pointillism
The Pre-Raphaelites The Pre-Raphaelites
Man Ray Man Ray
Rembrandt Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn
Auguste Renoir Auguste Renoir Paintings Gallery
Georges Seurat Georges-Pierre Seurat
Georges Seurat & Pointillism
Paul Signac Paul Signac
David Smith David Smith
Surrealism Artists by Movement: Surrealism
Yves Tanguy Yves Tanguy
J.M.W. Turner William Turner Artist painter of light
Paolo Uccello Paolo Uccello
Jan van Eyck Jan van Eyck or Johannes de Eyck
Vincent van Gogh Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
The Vincent van Gogh Gallery
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Architecture Resources

See What's Free or Cheap in NYC - Phys. Ed. for walking tours that look at the architecture of New York

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