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Prometheus Bound

Sir Peter Paul Rubens

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Presents eight paintings by Peter Paul Rubens in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, with information about each work as well as the artist's life (Middle and high school)

Prometheus: The Theft of Fire

Precourt, B. University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Brief synopsis of the story of Prometheus with works of art that illustrate various scenes, including Prometheus Bound by Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Snyders (All levels)


Skidmore, Joel. Fleet Gazelle, San Francisco

Information on the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology, illustrated with cartoons (Elementary and middle school)

Sugriva Takes Rama to the Mountain Cave Where Sita's Jewels are Kept

The Boyhood of Rama

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh’s Balagokulum, Rockaway, New Jersey

Includes information about Hindu culture, festivals, puzzles, and camps for kids, as well as read-aloud and illustrated versions of the Ramayana (All levels)

Noah's Ark

Edward Hicks

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo

Features a version of Edward Hicks's painting Peaceable Kingdom (Elementary and middle school)

Flood Stories from Around the World

The Talk.Origins Archive, Houston

Flood stories from different cultures, with references (Middle and high school)

Noah's Ark on the Web

Isidore of Seville, Portland, Maine

Features Noah's Ark images from ancient to modern times, as well as archaeological information, flood stories from various traditions, children's books, and more (All levels)

Fireman's Coat

The Legend of Momotarō momotarou.html

Okayama Prefectural Government, Japan

An interactive, animated version of the Momotarō tale (Elementary school)

Momotarō, or Little Peachling

Vance, C. E. Pure Gold Fables and Fairy Tales

A traditional telling of the Momotarō tale (Middle and high school)


Mandarin in His Study

Treasures of the Chinese Scholar

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Philadelphia

Describes the 1998–1999 exhibition of exquisite art objects collected by Chinese scholars (All levels)

The Qing Dynasty (1644–1911) Painting

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

An overview of painting during the Qing Dynasty with examples from the museum's collections (Middle and high school)

Bust of Benjamin Franklin

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government for Kids

U.S. Government Printing Office

Award-winning website with a useful section called "About Ben" that talks about Benjamin Franklin, his chronology, and multifaceted career (Elementary school)

Benjamin Franklin: An Extraordinary Life, An Electric Mind

Twin Cities Public Television, Inc.

Based on the 2002 PBS three-part series performed by actors (available on video and DVD), this website contains a wealth of information on Franklin's life, well-chosen quotations from his writings, a teachers' guide, and resources (Middle and high school).

Those Lips, Those Eyes...Jean-Antoine Houdon, Sculptor of the Enlightenment

Phelan, Joseph. Artcyclopedia

Article about the 2003 exhibition of busts and statues of famous philosophers and statesmen created by Jean-Antoine Houdon at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Illustrated with photographs of key works. Contains intriguing information about Houdon's life and techniques (Middle and high school)

Three Musicians

Pablo Picasso

The Artchive

Features a description of Pablo Picasso's artistic evolution, references, and paintings from each period of his life (All levels)
Incredible @rt Department

A collection of lesson plans and student artwork related to Pablo Picasso and Cubism (Elementary and middle school)

Malcolm X, No. 3

The Official Website of Malcolm X

Estate of Malcolm X c/o CMG Worldwide, Indianapolis

Contains a biography, chronology, notable achievements, quotes, a eulogy by Ossie Davis, and a gallery of photographs of Malcolm X (Middle and high school)

The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University

Columbia University, New York (Dr. Manning Marable, Project Director)

Presents new research on Malcolm X, including a revised chronology of his life, excerpts from a multimedia version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, video footage of Malcolm X, and oral histories (High school)

Malcolm X: Make It Plain

PBS, Arlington, Virginia

Site related to PBS American Experience film on Malcolm X produced by WGBH Boston in 1994. Contains interviews, photos, online polls, and teachers' guide (High school)

Things We Use

Tile Mosaic Wall Panel

The History of Mosaic Art

The Joy of Shards Mosaics Resource

Brief overview of mosaic art that cites Islamic examples in Western Europe and includes links to modern mosaic artists and projects (Middle and high school)

The Threshold Society

The Threshold Society, Watsonville, California

Provides information about Sufism as well as links to articles, programs, and music (Middle and high school)

Islamic Floral Patterns and Geometry

Islamic Architecture Org (IAORG)

Explains the history and religious function of patterns and geometry in Islamic art, and includes details of decorations on famous architectural monuments (Middle and high school)

Armor, For Use in a Tournament on Foot

Arms and Armor: Common Misconceptions and Frequently Asked Questions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Article that corrects common misconceptions about armor and answers frequently asked questions (All ages)

Arms and Armor Collection

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Highlights of the museum's armor collection, with photographs and information on selected objects (All ages)

Defend Yourself, Good Knight

The Cleveland museum of Art

Presents objects from the museum's collection, information on the purposes of various armor parts, and instructions for making your own helmet (Elementary and middle school)

Sunburst Quilt

American Fancy: Exuberance in the Arts, 1790–1840

Priddy, Sumpter. The Decorative Arts Trust, Philadelphia

An article about Americans' fascination with "Fancy things" that features a table, a jug, a carpet, and the quilt by Rebecca Scattergood Savery featured in this teaching kit (All levels)

America's Quilting History

Breneman, Judy Anne Johnson. Womenfolk

Quilts and quilt patterns in relation to women's history. Includes information on multicultural quilts, pattern timelines, and using quilts as primary sources in research (Middle and high school)

Leopard Stool

Ivory Coast

The Africa Guide

Contains information on the cultural groups, food, religion, and music of Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) (All levels)

Baule: African Art, Western Eyes

National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

Presents a brief video and information on the Baule people (All levels)

"Bullies" Wallpaper

On the Wall: Wallpaper and Tableau

The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia

Describes an exhibition that included work by Virgil Marti, with video clips of a lecture by the artist (High school)

Bullying: Facts for School and Parents

National Association of School Psychologists, Bethesda, Maryland

Provides information on bullying, why it occurs, and how schools and parents can respond (Teachers)


Bamboo Under Spring Rain

A Look at Chinese Painting glossary.htm

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

A helpful glossary related to Chinese painting (Middle and high school)

China, 1400–1600 AD

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Image and description of a hanging scroll painting of bamboo by Xia Chang in the museum's collection (All levels)


How van Gogh Made His Mark

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Explores Vincent van Gogh's life and unique drawing techniques and includes an online freehand drawing activity (All levels)

Seeing Feelings

Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo

Presents a detailed art lesson plan for grades 3 to 6, based on Vincent van Gogh's painting The Old Mill (1888) done in Arles. Includes adaptations for middle and high school students (Teachers)

A Huntsman and Dogs

Winslow Homer

Son of the South

Contains biographical information on Winslow Homer, selected works, letters, and art reviews (Middle and high school)

Winslow Homer Watercolors—A Survey of Themes and Styles

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Includes several striking watercolors by Winslow Homer in which the subject is deer hunting in the Adirondacks (Middle and high school)

Ceremonial Teahouse: Sunkaraku

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Offers a detailed explanation of the Japanese tea ceremony, teahouse design, utensils, and history (All levels)

Teahouse Chashitsu

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

Presents beautiful photographs of the museum's teahouse and tea ceremony utensils, an interview with the curator, and a description of an actual tea ceremony (All levels)

Night Sea

Edna Andrade: Optical Paintings, 1963–1986

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Presents an overview of the Institute's 2003 retrospective exhibition of Edna Andrade's work (Middle and high school)

Optical Illusions


Contains a variety of examples of optical illusions (All levels)

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