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Search for an item (Artwork, Text, Interactive Resource...)

To find a specific item:

1.   Click the blue ART FINDER button at the top right of the ArtsConnectEd homepage.

2.   Click the tab on the filter (see Figure 1) corresponding  to the item you want to find, for instance:

  • To find an artwork, click the Works of Art tab.
  • To find audio/video material, click the Audio/Video tab.
  • To find a text, click the Texts tab.
  • To find an interactive resource (for instance, other Web sites), click the Interactive Resources tab.
  • To find a related museum event, click the Events tab.
  • To search all items in ArtsConnectEd, click the All tab.

Figure 1: The Filters

graphic depciting the filters in Art Finder

Make your search more specific by specifying a keyword, selecting the Institution that has the item in its collection, or by specifying the artist’s name in the filter.  See Filters in ArtsConnectEd for more detail on filters.

Note:  If you are searching Works of Art checking the Has Image checkbox limits the search to show only those items in the collection that have images in ArtsConnectEd.  Unchecking this checkbox shows all items whether they have an image or not.

3.    ArtsConnected updates its content on all its tabs (Works of Art, Audio/Visual, Texts, …) to display summaries of items that match your specific Keyword and Institution. 

Note: To reset the filter to its original setting, click the Reset All button.

4.    To view an item’s detail click on the item in the search results.  The item’s detail page opens.

5.    To return to the search page from an item’s detail page, click the blue ART FINDER button at the top right of any ArtsConnectEd page.


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Using Filters in ArtsConnectEd

When you search for items in ArtsConnectEd, you can apply filters to all items.  When you filter, you make your search more specific.  By filtering your search, you reduce the number of items returned by your search so that you can find items more efficiently. 

ArtsConnectEd allows you to search for six items:

  • Works of Art: Items belonging to the visual arts that are not videos.
  • Audio/Video:  Items meant to be heard or viewed whose state changes over time.
  • Texts:  Items which are written, such as commentary.  
  • Interactive Resources:  Web sites and other items that respond to a person’s input (e.g., mouse clicks).
  • Art Collector Sets: Presentations much like PowerPoint.
  • Events:  Calendar schedule of events hosted by the Minneapolis Institute of Art or the Walker Art Center.

All of these items allow you to filter by Keyword and Institution (see Figure 1), but other filters – like Has Image – can only be used to filter specific items.  The filters in ArtsConnected and the items they affect are described in Filters in ArtsConnectEd

Figure 1: Keyword and Institution filters.

graphic depciting the filters in Art Finder

Filters are additive, meaning that you can search using more than one filter at once, such as all Paintings created by Diego Rivera in the Walker Art Center collection that Have Images in ArtsConnectEd. 

To perform this example search in ArtsConnectEd:

1.    Click the Art Finder button.

2.    Click the Works of Art tab.

3.    From the Institution dropdown list, select Walker Art Center.

4.    Click the Has Image checkbox so that it is checked.

5.    From the Medium dropdown list, select Paintings.

6.    In the Artist textbox, type Diego Rivera.

To set all filters back to their original values, click the Reset All button (Figure 1).

As you enter filters, ArtsConnectEd updates all item tabs with that filter.  For instance, selecting Walker Art Center from the Institution dropdown list on the Works of Art tab also limits the results shown in all other tabs – e.g. Texts, Art Collector Sets – so that only items at the Walker Art Center are returned as search results.

If you filters become too specific, for instance, you specify the name of an artist whose works do not have images in ArtsConnectEd and the Has Image checkbox is checked, no results are returned. 

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Filters in ArtsConnectEd

When you search for items in ArtsConnectEd, you can apply filters to all items. When you filter, you make your search more specific. By filtering your search, you reduce the number of items returned by your search so that you can find items more efficiently.

Filter Definition Affects
Keyword Searches meta data for specified text.  Meta data includes the item’s title, description, details, comments, and tags.  Returns only those items with the exact text specified as the Keyword. All items
Institution Displays only those items in a specific museum collection. All items
Has Image Displays only works of art with one or more images. Works of Art
Medium    Displays only works of art created in a specific medium, such as sculpture and architecture. Works of Art
Culture    Displays only works of art created by artists from a specific culture. Works of Art
Artist Displays only works of art created by a specific artist.   Artist name can be entered in First Name-Last Name order or Last Name-First Name order. List autocompletes. Works of Art
Sort By    Allows you to specify which field and in what order you want the search results sorted. Up arrow indicates ascending order (A to Z). Down arrow indicates descending order (Z to A).
Note: To find the most recently created resources sort by Added in descending order.
All items
Instructional Method Displays all items sharing a specific instructional method.  An instructional method is a teaching process used to develop knowledge, attitudes and skills.  It is a method of presenting knowledge or conducting an instructional activity.  Examples include Classroom discussions, hands-on learning and research projects.  For a full list of instructional methods and their definitions, click here. Audio/Video, Texts, Interactive Resources, Art Collector Sets
Grade    Displays items recommended for a specific grade level.  Items meant for college students or older audiences have a Grade of Adult. Audio/Video, Texts, Interactive Resources, Art Collector Sets
Type    Displays a subcategory of a specific item, such as Interview or Lecture in Audio/Visual and Student-Created Work in Art Collector Sets.  This filter differs based on item type. Audio/Video, Texts, Interactive Resources, Art Collector Sets, Events
Format   
Allows you to specify whether you want Audios, Videos or both returned as results.
Audio/Video
Creator    The institution that created the audio or video.  In most cases, this is the Minneapolis Institute of Arts or the Walker Art Center, but other values are possible depending upon which items are in the database. Audio/Video
Endorsed by ArtsConnectEd Checking this checkbox only returns the Art Collector Sets recommended by museum staff as outstanding and factually accurate.  Museum staff reviewed and recommend these Sets. Art Collector Sets

 

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Audio/Video Types - Filter Definitions

On the Audio/Video tab of the Art Finder filter is a dropdown list labeled Type (shown open in Figure 1).  When you select an item from this list, ArtsConnectEd updates its results to show only those audios or videos that are classified as the selected type (e.g. Artist Talk).

Figure 1: The audio/video type dropdown list

Audio/Video Types


Table 1:
Types of Audios and Videos in ArtsConnectEd

Audio/Video Type Definition
   
Commentary Comments about a work of art made by people other than the artist, such as art experts, educators, or museum staff.  Commentary includes introductory videos or audios about a topic.  Commentary may also be someone’s opinion or interpretation of a work of art.  Commentaries are given by one person (a single voice).  Because of this, they are not dialogues or interviews.   
       
Dialogue/Interview Conversations among two or more people in which neither of these people are the artist.   In an interview, one person (the interviewer) asks questions and the other person (the interviewee) answers those questions.  The purpose of the interview is often to understand the interviewee’s prospective on one or more topics.  This audio/video type may also include dialogues that are not interviews, for example, those in which two or more people discuss a topic by asking and answering questions equally.  This category includes panel discussions and forums.  If the person being interviewed is the artist talking about his or her own work, please classify the audio/video as an Artist Talk instead of a Dialog/Interview.   
Documentation Factual audios or videos in which a topic is described in a way that can be validated as true.  This type includes descriptions of processes (for example, how aqueducts or car engines work); physical descriptions of works of art that include such details as where the work of art is located, who created it, and when it was created; and other documents that do not include opinion or interpretation.  If the audio/video includes opinion or interpretation, classify it as Commentary.
Film/Video Complete videos, rather than excerpts, that are at least 10 minutes in length and which are meant to be viewed in entirety.  These often film more than one person and, unlike lectures, do not take place in classrooms.
Instructional Material Documentation used specifically as learning tools.  Examples include tutorials (for example, how to read sheet music, or how to use ArtsConnectEd).     
Lecture    A speech filmed or recorded in a classroom in which a single speaker addresses an audience in order to teach them something.  Lectures, like Film/Video can be greater than 10 minutes in length.
Music Audio or video recording of someone playing music in which the musical performance is the main purpose of the video.   
Performance Audios or videos that record performances such as poetry readings or dance performances.  If the performance is mainly musical, like an opera, orchestra, or band, classify it as Music instead.
Other    Audios or Videos that do not fit into any of the audio/video types listed above.
Any All audios/videos regardless of their type.

 


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Text Types - Filter Definitions

On the Texts tab of the Art Finder filter is a dropdown list labeled Type (shown open in Figure 1).  When you select an item from this list, ArtsConnectEd updates its results to show only those texts that are classified as the selected type (e.g. Artist Statement).

Figure 1: The text type dropdown list

Art Finder Text Types

Table 1: Types of Texts in ArtsConnectEd

Text Type Definition
Article Published written texts by one or more named authors.  Articles may either describe facts (e.g., news articles), or opinions (e.g., essays).  Unlike commentary, articles have standard stylistic components like the lead in a news article or a closing paragraph in an essay, and they tend to be longer than most commentary.   
Artist Statement A direct quote from an artist about his or her artwork or about his or her life.
Ask an Educator Questions that ArtsConnectEd users have submitted to museum staff using the Ask an Educator feature of ArtsConnectEd.  These texts include the museum staff’s response to the question.  Related text categories: Dialogue/Interview.
Bibliography A list of information sources the Walker Arts Center or
the Minneapolis Institute of Arts used when they created commentaries,
or other texts, that describe or explain museum collections or exhibits.
Biography A publication, or an excerpt of a publication, that describes an artist’s life.  Biographies are written by someone else other than the artist.  If the artist is writing about his or her own life, please classify the text as an Artist Statement text type. 
Commentary Comments about a work of art made by people other than the artist, such as art experts, educators, or museum staff.  Commentary includes catalogue entries, art exhibit descriptions, and other texts that explain or describe a work of art to its audience.  Commentary may also be someone’s opinion or interpretation of a work of art.  Unlike Articles, commentary is not from published sources like books and magazines, and it is often much shorter an less structured than an article.   
Correspondence Letters or e-mail written by an artist.   
Dialogue/Interview A conversation between two people in which each person is directly quoted, and his or her statements are labeled to differentiate that person’s statements from the other person’s statements.  This text type often includes texts in question-answer format, but do not include questions submitted through Ask an Educator.
Docent Manual Material used in the training of volunteer tour guides and docents.
Glossary An alphabetized list of terms and their definitions.   
Help ArtsConnectEd Help files that are also available by clicking the circular question marks found throughout the ArtsConnectEd Web site.   
Instructional Material    Guides that may be used as part of a lesson plan or as a learning tool.  Examples include, but are not limited to, study guides, teacher guides, and gallery guides.  Also in this category are classroom activities that do not have all of the components of a lesson plan.
Lesson Plan A written teaching strategy that includes these elements: one or more related objectives (e.g. to introduce students to the food chain and teach them the names for each level of the food chain); a list of materials needed to fulfill the objective (e.g., videos, Art Collector Sets); the time required to complete the lesson plan; a description of the sequence of events that occurs as the lesson is delivered (e.g. the teacher demonstrates the task or explains the theory and then asks the students to do the task or find examples of the theory in everyday life);  a method to determine whether students learned the objectives of the lesson plan.
Other Texts that do not fit into any of the text types listed above.   
Any All text times regardless of their text type.

 

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Interactive Resources Types - Filter Definitions

On the Interactive Resources tab of the Art Finder filter is a dropdown list labeled Type (shown open in Figure 1).  When you select an item from this list, ArtsConnectEd updates its results to show only those interactive resources that are classified as the selected type (e.g. Web).

Figure 1:  The interactive resource type dropdown list

Art Finder Interactive Resources Types


An interactive resource is any teaching material that requires user interaction to be understood, executed or experienced. Interactive resources include Web sites like special exhibition Web sites and educational Web sites like the Artist’s Toolkit. The Walker Art Center’s circulating materials, such as slide sets and videos, are also interactive resources.

Table 1: Types of Interactive Resources in ArtsConnectEd

Interactive Resource Type Definition
Web Web sites outside of ArtsConnectEd that are recommended by museum staff as teaching tools or as interactive art exhibits.  For example, see the Artist's Toolkit Web site located at http://www.artsconnected.org/resource/97842/3/artist-s-toolkit.
Circulating Material Videos or slide Sets that educators can borrow from the Walker Art Center to use as tools in their classrooms.   
Any All interactive resources regardless of their type.

 

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Instructional Method - Filter Definitions

An instructional method is a teaching process used to develop student knowledge, attitudes and skills.  It is a method of presenting information or conducting an instructional activity.  Table 1 defines all instructional methods used by ArtsConnectEd.

You can specify instructional method when you:

  • Search for Audios or Videos, Texts, Interactive Resources
  • Search Art Collector Sets
  • Create an Art Collector Set
  • Submit an Art Collector Set for Publication

Table 1: Instructional Method - Filter Definitions

Instructional Method Definition
Classroom Discussion The oral, and sometimes written, exchange of opinion used to analyze, clarify, or reach conclusions about issues, questions, or problems. This includes critical response, VTS, and questioning techniques, which promote discussion and learning, or elicit information.
Demonstration Teaching method in which explanations are given by example or experiment.
Gallery Discussion The oral, and sometimes written, exchange of opinion used to analyze, clarify, or reach conclusions about issues, questions, or problems. This includes critical response, VTS, and questioning techniques, which promote discussion and learning, or elicit information.

Hands-on Learning
Activities in which students learn by doing. This includes knowledge and skills acquired outside of book or lecture learning situations, such as studio art activities.
Interdisciplinary Teaching style that integrates concepts from different disciplines into a coherent whole.
Learning Portfolios Student work collected over time which can include elements of self/student assessment.
Lecture A vocal class presentation with minimal class participation.
Multimedia Instruction Presentations or projects that integrate many media – such as audio, video, images or text.
Project-based Learning Activities that encourage students to solve problems, make decisions, investigate, or engage with questions by creating something that can be used to assess their learning.
Research Projects Systematic investigation into materials and information sources in order to discover and interpret facts and reach new conclusions.
Self-paced Learning Materials, learning, or courses where students are free to learn at their own pace. A teacher, a machine, or other students in a group do not facilitate learning materials or learning assessment. Self-paced learning includes worksheets, self guides, and gallery activities.
Small Group Instruction Small group instruction    Activities in which students learn through participation in small groups with other students.
Thematic Approach Teaching approach that organizes subject matter around unifying themes.

 

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Comment an Item

Note: You must be an ArtsConnectEd registered user to comment an artwork.

Comments you add to an artwork or other item in ArtsConnectEd can be viewed by other people using ArtsConnectEd.

To add a comment to an artwork or other item:

  1. If you are not signed into your ArtsConnectEd account, sign in:
    • Click the purple SIGN IN button at the top right of the Web page.
    • Click the SIGN IN button again.
    • Enter your username and password.
  2. Locate the item you want to comment.  See the Search for an Item (Work of Art, Text, Iinteractive Resource...) help file.
  3. Click on the item in the search results that you want to comment.  The Item’s detail page opens.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Item’s detail page.  You will see the tabs shown in Figure 1.
  5. Click the Comments tab.
  6. A textbox appears.  Type your comment in this textbox. Note that you can spell check your comment.
    Note:  Once you add a comment, you will not be able to edit it or delete it.
  7. Click the POST COMMENT button to add your comment to this work of art.
  8. To return to the home page, click the ART FINDER button at the top right of the Web page.

Figure 1: Item Detail tabs including Comments

graphic depicting item detail tabs

 

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Tag an Item

Note: You must be an ArtsConnectEd registered user to Tag an Artwork.

When you tag an artwork, you add a keyword (or phrase) to that item so that it appears in search results that use that keyword.  For instance, adding the tag “primary colors” to an artwork will make it appear in the search results if “primary colors” is the search word.

To add a tag to an artwork, or other item:

  1. If you are not signed into your ArtsConnectEd account, sign in:
    • Click the purple SIGN IN button at the top right of the Web page.
    • Enter your username and password.
    • Click the SIGN IN button again.
  2. Locate the item you want to tag.  See the Search for an Item (Work of Art, Text, Interactive Resource) help file.
  3. Click on the item in the search results that you want to tag.  The item’s detail page opens.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the item’s detail page.  You will see the tabs shown in Figure 1.
  5. Click the Tags tab.
  6. A textbox appears.  Type your new search word or phrase in this textbox.
    Note:  Once you add a tag, you will not be able to edit it or delete it.
  7. Click the ADD TAG button to add your search word to this work of art.
  8. To return to the home page, click the ART FINDER button at the top right of the Web page.

Figure 1: Item Detail tabs including Tags

graphic depicting item detail tabs

 

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View the Comparative Size of a Work of Art

To view the size of an artwork compared with another object or person:

  1. Locate the work of art you want to view the size of.  See the Search for an Item (Work of Art, Text, Interactive Resource) help file.
  2. Click on the work of art in the search results.  The work of art’s detail page opens.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the work of art’s detail page.  You will see the tabs shown in Figure 1.
  4. Click the Scale tab.  The image of the artwork appears on the left.  The image of the everyday object or person it is being compared with appears on the right.
    Note:  Even works of art without images are shown to scale beside the person or everyday item.
  5. To return to the home page, click the ART FINDER button at the top right of the Web page.

Figure 1: Item Detail tabs including Scale

graphic depicting item detail tabs

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View Related Items

After you find a specific item in ArtsConnectEd, you can view items similar to it.  Items in ArtsConnectEd that have Related Items are:

  • Works of Art
  • Audios/Videos
  • Texts
  • Interactive Resources

Museum staff determine which items are related to others. Events do not have Related Items in ArtsConnectEd because they change constantly; this makes it extremely difficult to keep their Related Items sections updated. You do not need to be a registered ArtsConnectEd user to view related items. 

To view related items:

  1. Locate the initial item for which you would like to view related items.  See the Search for an Item (Work of Art, Text, Iinteractive Resource...) help file.
  2. Click on the item in the search results that you want.  The item’s detail page opens.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Item’s Detail page.  A tabbed section appears (see Figure 1).
  4. Click the Related Items tab on the tabbed page.  ArtsConnectEd shows the selected Item’s related Items (see Figure 2). The selected Item’s Related Items To return to the Art Finder where you did the search, click the ART FINDER button at the top right-hand corner of the screen.
    Note: the number in the parenthesis next to the words Related Items  indicates the number of related items for the selected item.

Figure 1. Item Detail tabs including Related Items

graphic depicting item detail tabs

 

Figure 2.

graphic depicting related items


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