Teacher Review for Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

Wonderful interactive extensive art history website

Lisa L.
Classroom teacher
Sweet Home CSD
Amherst, United States
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I would use this timeline of art history as a supplement to my curriculum. There is an extensive research component to the site which could be utilized by region, artist, or time period. Since I teach 11th and 12th grade English, there are many art allusions in the literature we read. If a student wishes to review that piece of art or artist in order to get a better picture of what the author is saying, then this website is the perfect place for him / her. There are also thematic essays which are featured on the website and this section is extremely thorough and vocabulary specific. Students would walk away with a depth and breadth of knowledge about any particular piece of art and it's creator.
My Take
The website - Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - sponsored by the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a tool that I would use with my more advanced teens in my classes. Some of the photographs and artwork could be used for writing prompts, or as supplemental materials for my developmentally disabled students but they would struggle with the reading level of the thematic essays and explanations of the artwork. This website would be extremely useful for art history classes, and advanced art studies. Social studies teachers would also find this to be useful and an extensive resource for their curriculum. At the top of the home page, there are links to lesson plans, and resources for adults, teens, and kids. Most of them are tied to visiting the Museum in NY City, but after I reviewed their links, I did see a few lessons that could be abbreviated for mini-lesson usage (depending on your subject level).