Students are encouraged to investigate a variety of creative art and design resources to enhance their aesthetic understanding and generate possibilities for investigation. You can do this by digging into the large collection of art reproductions in our classrooms, through books and magazines, visits to museums, and online. Visiting the websites of particular artists and designers can provide an in-depth understanding of influences, inspiration, and process. We will often refer to, read from, and view and discuss artwork from Google Arts & Culture, where there is so much to see! Try the “Explore” button, where you can use the Art Camera to zoom into famous master paintings, experience culture in 360 degrees, and tour the world’s greatest museums and other landmarks using “Street View”. Or choose categories to discover the most well-known artists and masterworks in history.
In the art room, you can access an extensive collection of art magazines going back decades, as well as a small but rich library of books on art history, contemporary art, illustration and other applied arts. Students will engage with a wide variety of potential sources of inspiration for portfolio development, including print and digital art and design magazines such as:
Google Arts & Culture- So much to see! Try the “Explore” button, where you can use the Art Camera to zoom into famous master paintings, experience culture in 360 degrees, and tour the world’s greatest museums and other landmarks using “Street View”. Or choose categories to discover the most well-known artists and masterworks in history.
Google Art Project- Zoom into the finest details on the most famous artworks in the world.
Arts & Culture Experiments- Try out experiments at the crossroads of art and technology, created by artists and creative coders with Google Arts & Culture (Some require VR headsets and Steam)
Art 21: Art in the 21st Century(PBS) - video series on working artists. Art21 is a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring a more creative world through the works and words of contemporary artists.
Art School: PBS Learning Media- a web video series that introduces contemporary artists who discuss their careers and intentions, then demonstrate hands-on techniques or concepts. Art School provides resources for learning how to draw comic strips, create animations, and much more. Engage with contemporary art and discover new ideas for creativity from a variety of professional artists through this fun and engaging series.
The Art Assignment(PBS) - A weekly PBS Digital Studios production that takes you around the U.S. to meet working artists and solicit assignments from them that we can all complete. For more, subscribe to The Art Assignment on YouTube: youtube.com/theartassignment.
Here are the most recent rankings for the best art schools in the country according to US News and World Report. These are a list of graduate schools; the non-graduate art schools themselves should be ranked similarly but are not exactly the same. If you click on the name of the school, that should bring you to that school's website. From there I would check their admissions pages and even call a counselor to ask about what they're looking for in a portfolio.
Weekend and Summer Programs for Young Artists Investigate the opportunities
Tales by Light (3 seasons) - Photographers and filmmakers travel the world capturing indelible images of people, places, and creatures from new, previously unseen angles.
Miss Hokusai- An animated motion picture - Herself a talented artist, O-Ei works with her father, Tetsuo, later known as Hokusai, on the woodblock prints that would make Edo famous worldwide
On Amazon Prime Video If your family already has a membership with Amazon Prime, there are so many movies and shows on art that are available that it’s impossible to list them all. Here are a few good starting points:
On Hoopla Members of the Burlington Public Library have access to Hoopla, an ebook and streaming service.
Loving Vincent is a wonderful animated movie comprised of thousands of actual paintings (hand-painted in the style of Van Gogh!). The life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.
Art21 Playlist: Portraying the Black American Experience - An artist's identity and experiences implicitly inform, and in some cases even drive, the work they create. Whether bringing attention to important issues that news headlines omit, or celebrating the history and heroes that brought us to our present moment, the artists in this playlist expand and illuminate the conversations we have around bias, race, and representation.
Art21: Abigail DeVille Listens to History (film) - How does an artist express both the joy and pain in harrowing histories?Through her immersive performances and installation works, Abigail DeVille celebrates the bravery and optimism—while also memorializing the suffering—embedded within the African American experience.DeVille’s The New Migration was inspired by the women and men of the Great Migration—the millions of African Americans who escaped the systemic racism and state violence of the Jim Crow-era South. The New Migration is a grand on-the-street procession of musicians, dancers, marching bands, and community members of all ages donning DeVille’s wearable sculptures.
The Criterion Channelhas taken down the paywall on many of its streaming film titles that focus on Black Lives, so even if you aren’t a subscriber you can watch them for free. They are using their streaming platform to highlight films that focus on Black Lives, including works by early pioneers of African American Cinema such as Oscar Micheaux; classics by Maya Angelou, Julie Dash, William Greaves, Kathleen Collins, Cheryl Dunye, and Charles Burnett; contemporary work by Khalik Allah and Leilah Weinraub; and documentary portraits of black experience by white filmmakers Les Blank and Shirley Clarke (Some of these would not be appropriate for children, of course.).