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Integrating the Internet into your art curriculum can add a completely new dimension to learning about and from the art of other cultures. The Web offers unprecedented access to the work of countless artists from historically underrepresented cultural and ethnic groups. This global, inclusive reach enables students to study a much greater range of artists and visual forms of representation than ever before. When coupled with appropriate curriculum objectives and pedagogy, the Web can become a vital component of a collaborative-learning environment in which teacher and students are jointly engaged in inclusive, ongoing research exploring the commonality and diversity of art practices around the world. Here are ten valuable resources that offer starting points for such classroom investigations:

African Art

Cycles: African Life Through Art ( covers important themes in African art and life using a wide variety of media and works of art from the Indianapolis Museum of Art. If you're teaching a ceramics lesson, you might have your students visit the National Museum of African Art's Beautiful Bodies: Form and Decoration of African Pottery exhibition site ( exhibits/bb) where they can compare and contrast seven handbuilt clay vessels from nineteenth- and twentieth-century Africa. Older students can explore the Virtual Museum of Contemporary African Art (, sponsored by the Dutch Africaserver Foundation, which focuses on contemporary African art.

Chicano Art and Culture

The Chicano Art Digital Image Collection (cemaweb.library.ucsb. edu/digitalArchives.html), sponsored by the California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives, contains over five hundred images of works of art by Mexican-American artists. Another interesting site that highlights Mexican-American artists and culture is CHICANO (, which presents works from a traditional art exhibit "Chicano Visions: American Painters on the Verge" and a multimedia exhibit "Chicano Now: American Expressions" currently touring North America. A downloadable teacher's guide is also available on the site.

Native Americans

First American Art (www.nmai. american_ art/firstamericanart.html) is an exceptional interactive site, from the National Museum of the American Indian, which offers an in-depth examination of the rich aesthetic traditions of Native Americans. Great Masters of Mexican Folk Art (, also from the NMAI, features an array of works of art in a variety of media by some of Mexico's greatest living folk artists.

Asian Art

Young students can view and study works from the ancient cultures of East Asia, including Japan, China, and Korea by using the Kyoto National Museum's Museum Directory for Kids (www.kyohaku. The Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's offers a fascinating look at modern Japanese prints and paintings from the Robert O. Muller Collection ( html). Lastly, students of all ages will enjoy the National Gallery of Australia's ( au/Imagining) online collection of works created by artists in Papua New Guinea in response to their contemporary world.

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Craig Roland is an associate professor of Art Education in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He is the author of The Art Teacher's Guide to the Internet (Davis Publications, 2005).
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Title Annotation:All Levels: ArtEd Online
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Date:May 1, 2006
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