Posted on 01/15/2014 at 07:45 PM by Liz Determan

Art textbooks are expensive! However, with sites such as Smarthistory, all you need is a projection device to show students articles, videos, and artworks. Ten million people have visited this site, and learned with Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker, and others.

You can explore this site by looking at art from ancient cultures to the present. Art can be chosen by time period, style, or artist. Additionally, there are 562 videos and 302 essays on this site. An example of a video from this page in the site (, Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” follows:

For teachers, there are also syllabi for Renaissance to Modern Art and for Modern Art. There are also articles about how to watch and listen critically, and thoughts on teaching and images.  This would be a great site for promoting visual literacy and also for having students analyze more than one resource. There would be myriad opportunities for students to write—especially at DOK levels of 3 or 4.
This is an amazing site, and will take time to go through all of it. I highly recommend it!
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