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Great Art History Apps and Websites

Art history can be a lens through which students view cultural and societal shifts. By studying art's major movements and contributors, including shifts in ways of thinking as well as changes in style and method, students see how all art is connected and political. Students see that artists don't just create to make something beautiful, but to struggle over what it means to exist and to represent possible futures and pasts. From ancient sculpture to modern abstraction, teachers can use these art history apps and sites to show students how important art has shaped our world. They feature vast databases of imagery for reference and research, and many also offer curricular resources to help build lessons and engage students. 

Asian Art Museum Visit Website: http://education.asianart.org
Inventive lessons and activities integrate Asian history, art, and more
Grades Pre-K-12
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ArtsEdge Visit Website: https://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/educators.aspx
Impressive cross-curricular resource helps put the A in STEAM
Grades K-12
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Price Free
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Khan Academy Visit Website: http://www.khanacademy.org
Missions boost learning with balance of focus, freedom to explore
Grades K-12
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Price Free
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Visit Website: https://nmaahc.si.edu
Powerful stories and media centralize African-American history
Grades K-12
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Price Free
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Smithsonian Folkways Visit Website: http://www.folkways.si.edu/index.aspx
Text-centric world music site could use more activities, music
Grades K-12
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Price Free
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Smithsonian's History Explorer Visit Website: http://historyexplorer.si.edu
Lessons, activities, artifacts, artfully presented by the Smithsonian
Grades K-12
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Price Free
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MetKids Visit Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/metkids/
Whimsical, kid-friendly intro to the wide world of art
Grades 1-6
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Price Free
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EDSITEment Visit Website: http://edsitement.neh.gov/
Extensive humanities resource offers deep well of great content
Grades 3-12
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Price Free
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Ted-Ed Visit Website: http://ed.ted.com
Support kids' sense of wonder with outstanding short videos
Grades 4-12
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Price Free
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Google Arts & Culture Visit Website: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/
Excellent curation and an unmatched art collection invites exploration
Grades 6-12
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Price Free
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MoMA Publisher: MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art
Museum companion can stand alone as a modern art resource
Grades 6-12
Type App
Price Free
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
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Smarthistory Visit Website: https://smarthistory.org/
Bring traditional art education to life with fresh, interactive multimedia
Grades 8-12
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Price Free
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Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History Visit Website: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/
History and art intersect on the Met's vast, reading-centric site
Grades 9-12
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Price Free
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