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What are some ways teachers can use ArtsConnectEd with an interactive whiteboard?




September 12, 2011

Institution ArtsConnectEd

Q: What are some ways teachers can use ArtsConnectEd with an interactive whiteboard?

I am an K-12 art specialist. I just got a whiteboard for my classroom and am looking for ideas on how to use ArtsConnectEd with this exciting new tool.

Anonymous, Art Educator

A: ArtsConnectEd and Interactive Whiteboard Ideas

Interactive Whiteboards and ArtsConnectEd:

  • Learn the principles and elements of art by showing a slide and having students take turns drawing principle or element on the slide.
    • Outline the negative and positive space
    • Draw the different types of lines and write what type of line it is
    • Draw a line down the middle to discover symmetry
    • Circle the emphasis/ focal point
    • Draw the pattern
    • Outline and label the shapes
    • Find an artwork with linear perspective. Draw lines to find the vanishing point.
    • In an artwork that has large blocks of color, discuss primary and secondary colors. Label the colors. Teach color mixing by coloring between two primary colors with the new secondary color marker.
    • Use the highlighter tool to change the color of an artwork. Discuss how color changes the mood.
  • Use the double slide feature to compare pieces of artwork. Have the students circle and highlight the areas that are similar and different in corresponding colors.
  • Create a set and have the students take turns rearranging the slides based on what order they think fits the theme. Explain their ordering system.
  • In the Text section, choose an article or docent manual and read it as a class. Highlight and circle important concepts, write notes on the side, and refer back to slides for images.
  • In the Text section, do an Instructional Material worksheet together as a group project. Take turns and let the students fill in their answers.
  • While looking at a set, take turns writing adjectives that describe the artwork. Discuss the reactions.
  • Learn about different art mediums by viewing slides and watching videos about the techniques. Good introductory tool when starting a new project. (“Printmaking” Collector Set is a great example)
  • Look at “A Good Read” Collector Set and answer the questions together before reading the answers. Write answers in the space next to the images.
  • Look at portraits (or “Portraits” Collector Set) and draw a background or add a speech bubble. Use the double slide feature and create a dialogue between two artworks.
Online Interactive Whiteboard Resources:

Information pages:
Use of Interactive Whiteboards in Art and Design:
Smartboard Art Resources:

Drawing websites:
Art Pad:
Sumo Paint:
One Motion:
Crayola Digi-Color:
Tux Paint:
National Gallery of Art Brushster:
National Gallery of Art Flow:
National Gallery of Art Pixel Face:\

Art activities/ lesson plans:
The Art Zone:
Playing with Shadows:
PBS Off the Map:
PBS Curious George:
Mr. Picassohead:
University of Chicago SmartKids:
Tate Schools:
I Am An Artist:
Starfall Art Gallery:
MoMA Destination Modern Art:
MoMA Art Safari:
Shape Faces:
Pointillist Painting:
Learn ICT Gallery:
One-point perspective:
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery:
Smithsonian American Art Gallery:
Smithsonian Latino Center’s Kids Corner:
The Poynter Institute:
Art Games:
Invention at Play:
Learning Today (Symmetry):
Learning Today (Pattern Blocks):
Illuminations (Shape Sorter):
Brain Pop:
Professor Garfield:
Virtual Museum of El Pais:
National Gallery of Art River Run:
National Gallery of Art Swatch Box:
Scholastic (Jackson Pollock):

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Type: Ask an Educator
Grades: pre-K-Adult
Instructional Method: Classroom Discussion, Demonstration, Multimedia Instruction
Rights: Copyright ArtsConnectEd
Added to Site: September 12, 2011