smarthistory.org — bookmark this site!


While brows­ing TIME Magazine’s “50 Best Web­sites of 2011″, I came across a great resource for any­one inter­ested in the his­tory of art.… “smarthistory.org”.  This site describes itself as a “not for profit, mul­ti­me­dia art his­tory text­book”, but it’s so much more than that!  Rather than pre­sent­ing names and dates in a dry, lec­ture for­mat, the his­tory of art is offered here in unscripted con­ver­sa­tions between experts in the field of art history.

You can browse the well orga­nized smarthis­tory col­lec­tion by time period, style, artist, or theme.  A help­ful time­line includes images, videos and other related links.  Fol­low con­ver­sa­tions on top­ics like “Why Look at Art?” and “The Skill of Describ­ing” and even lis­ten to iTunes pod­casts about artists and their work.  Visit this engag­ing site for quick infor­ma­tion but be sure to come back when you have time to explore awhile.  Smarthis­tory pro­vides a great refresher on art his­tory and sup­ports life­long learn­ing.  Share this mul­ti­me­dia resource with your stu­dents to intro­duce key ideas and inspire them to think about the old mas­ters in new ways!

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5 Responses to smarthistory.org — bookmark this site!

  1. Stephanie Melachrinos August 25, 2011 at 11:51 pm #

    I found this site recently and LOVE it. It is a great resource for me because I teach ele­men­tary art and AP Art His­tory. I’ve already assigned watch­ing a few of the videos as home­work assign­ments for my stu­dents. What a dynamic way to review, instead of assign­ing an addi­tional read­ing. Great reinforcement!

  2. Fine Lines August 26, 2011 at 7:11 am #

    Thanks for the tip. I like it and will for­ward to our teach­ers for use in their classrooms!!

  3. Gail September 2, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

    Thanks so much for this!

  4. martinaquill October 1, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    very nice.

  5. Melody ambler March 3, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Please add me to an email list, if you have one? Thank you!!

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