Recently, an LM_NETer pointed out the remarkable, free Artopia site to the discussion group, and we immediately decided to pass the tip on! From the Artopia Web site:
Artopia is a comprehensive Web-based arts experience designed for middle school students, covering the visual and performing arts. Students can closely examine important works of art and take part in activities that teach about styles, principles and processes of each art form. They can write about the artworks online, collect art cards in a virtual portfolio and view videos of professional artists at work. Teachers may exhibit their students' artwork in a virtual gallery and both students and teachers can communicate with other artists in an online message board.
In a special area for teachers there are downloadable lesson plans and classroom materials that tie Artopia activities to appropriate National and South Carolina curriculum standards. Artopia is a place where learning about the arts is participatory, educational and fun. We hope you enjoy your visit!
If the writing sounds a little dry, never mind. Visit the site now! It's a blast! Click HERE.
Artopia is backed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the South Carolina Arts Commission, and comes from ETV, the public broadcasting organization in South Carolina. (ETV's Knowitall.org Internet resource for students, teachers, and parents is worth a look too!)