Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

This interactive timeline of art history covers art periods from prehistory to the present from around the world. There are more than 900 essays accompanying the artwork to provide context of historic events, cultures, and how diverse civilizations encountered each other and influenced their artwork.

This combination of resources is useful to world history and geography teachers as well as those teaching art appreciation.

Art in the Abstract

This site offers an introduction to understanding abstract art through a variety of interactive resource. View works from the collection of the Illinois State Museum. It also highlights the career of Manierre Dawson, a pioneer of abstract art in the Midwest. Accompanying this collection are activities, projects, and lesson plans that stress the elements of abstraction.


There’s an excellent set of resources for K-12 art teachers on North Carolina’s Museum of Art ArtNC site. The works of art provided illustrate some of the ways artists communicate stories through a visual language of color, line, shape and pattern. Each piece is accompanied by the artist’s and artwork’s background information.

The emphasis is on having students analyze a work of art in much the same way as they analyze what they read – by visualizing, determining importance, making connections, inferring, questioning and synthesizing, To that end, the site provide a unique set of tools for concept mapping and lesson plan collaboration. Teachers can easily use the artwork as a launching point for art concepts and cross-curricular lessons in history, song, dance, math, and more.

Curious Corner

Curious Corner is an Art Institute of Chicago Web site for kids ages 3-12.

  • Explore and learn about art from around the world.
  • Examine artwork more closely.
  • Connect what you learn about artworks using creative activities.

Parents and educators of all kinds can also explore related online resources for learning in the home and,classroom.

Met Kids

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has an eye-popping ineractive site for kids. An interactive map lets them explore the museum galleries. Kids narrate behind-the-scene video clips of artwork. And the time machines takes them on a journey through 5,000 years of art. It’s a simply stellar collection for children.