How I Use It
This is an excellent tool in my arts integrated classroom to bring artifacts into the classroom. With a couple of clicks is is easy to find an array of art related to most topics being studied in class.
Additionally, the interface is manageable enough for student research in multi-media projects. They are able to pull authentic, and well sourced artifacts to support their arguments and expositions. The additional links aid in the students finding like items that helps to expand their research or help lead them to new connections.
Perhaps best of all is the different ways in which the art is curated. The timeline portion is so well crafted into manageable portions for exploration or research. The chance to have such in depth views of the scope and sequence of art history within a few clicks is truly magical for a teacher of art.
There are many fine art resources on the web, and I find this to be a real stand out. The ease of use is key to its success. It makes a difference when it is easy to explore and find new things. That, coupled with just the right amount of information about the artist, the work itself, the movement perhaps, connections to like items, and the historical context makes the site a home run. The site is a great source of art for art's sake, but an efficient and thorough tool for any secondary classroom.