FREE Resources in Art and Music

from Educators' eZine

More than 30 Federal agencies formed a working group in 1997 to make hundreds of federally supported teaching and learning resources easier to find. The result of that work is the FREE web site. FREE stands for Federal Resources for Educational Excellence. The web sites listed below are excerpted with permission from the FREE web site. This month, we highlight web sites for the arts and music; in other months, we feature other subject areas. You can search our site for the word FREE to find them.

J.M.W. Turner
features nine paintings by English Romantic landscape artist William Turner (1775-1851). The leading British artist of his era, Turner transformed the genre of landscape painting. He was known as "the painter of light" because of his startling use of light and color. Over six decades, he produced more than 20,000 oils, watercolors, and drawings. He achieved success throughout his career, inspired generations of artists, and is considered a predecessor of the impressionists. (National Gallery of Art)

is a resource for scholarship in the history of photography. Search for photos by title, date, description, photographer, country, and others. Discover the chronology of developments in photography, beginning with announcement on January 7, 1839, at the French Academy of Science in Paris that Louis-Jacques-Mande Daguerre had invented the daguerreotype. (Institute of Museum and Library Services)

Eugene Boudin
looks at the life and works of Eugene Boudin (1824-1898), a French artist who painted seascapes, beach scenes, and landscapes. Note how his paintings capture the light on water and clouds. See why another great artist called Boudin "king of the skies." (National Gallery of Art)

offers interactive explorations of American art. See a slideshow on Joseph Cornell or "angels in American art." Visit an artist's studio. Learn what it takes to restore a valuable painting. Discover clues to the story behind "The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane" and other paintings. Listen to lectures by art critics or sculptor Maya Lin. Hear a roundtable of artists discussing their craft. (American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution)

Monumental Sculpture from Renaissance Florence
celebrates the first fully realized Renaissance works of art: 15th century statues at the church of Orsanmichele in Florence. They combine the spiritual expressiveness of the Middle Ages with a level of realism and individuality not seen in Western art since antiquity. With these works, the new and revolutionary Renaissance style was born. (National Gallery of Art)

Foto: Modernity in Central Europe, 1918-1945
looks at surrealism, war, and other themes in photography after World War I, when it spread as form of art and a symbol of modernity across Austria, Czechoslovakia, Germany, Hungary, and Poland. (National Gallery of Art)

Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, and the Renaissance of Venetian Painting
examines a phase of the Renaissance in Venice when three great masters were working side by side (1500 to 1530). Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and their contemporaries influenced European art for centuries. Learn about their innovations. Examine how they used sacred images and stories, allegories and mythologies, and more. (National Gallery of Art)

lets you paint on the web. More than 40 brushes and textures are offered with a full palette of colors and effects that blur, ripple, and fragment your designs. Click "auto" to see the computer generate screen designs. (National Gallery of Art)

Dancer's Journal: Learning to Perform the Dances of Martha Graham
shows scrapbook items of a dancer learning dances of Martha Graham. Hear music and see video clips, including Graham herself perform movements from "Lamentation." Other featured works include "Appalachian Spring," "Diversion of Angels," and "Errand into the Maze." (Artsedge, Multiple Agencies)

Private Treasures: Four Centuries of European Master Drawings
presents 14 drawings from one of the world's finest private collections of old master and modern European drawings (1500 - 1889). (National Gallery of Art)