DEC Scan Journal : February 2012
SmARTkids http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/smartkids/ home.html Directed towards upper primary students, this site explores American artists and their artworks. The use of age appropriate cartoon characters and an engaging interface make the interactive nature of the site inter- esting. Activities are presented as focus areas that include exploring, looking, speaking, and studying artists. Sketch book allows student input and provides opportunities for students to enter written responses and personal opinions. Artwork of the month provides an in- depth study of an artwork and art making suggestions. The site encourages students to observe, think, and write about art. N. French USER LEVEL: Stage 3 KLA: CA SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K--6 SCIS SUBJECTS: David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art; Art -- Study and teaching; Art -- Computer- assisted instruction; Artists, American; Art, American PUBLISHER: David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, USA REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012  *1521403* SCIS 1521403 Critical failure: visual arts http://wheelercentre.com/videos/video/critical- failure-visual-arts Art critics, John McDonald, Namoi Cass, Phip Murray and Patrick McCaughey are interviewed regarding the perceived failure of critical writing in visual art. As a panel, each art critic expresses his or her views democratically on a range of questions regarding this topic. Differences have been noted between reviews of an exhibition and art criticism and the decline in critical writing in the mainstream print media. Recent artists, such as Bill Henson and the lack of critical writing on his work are contemplated and reasons behind the decline in reviews in the print media are promulgated. This forty minute debate is suitable for senior Visual Arts students, particularly when studying the roles art critics play in the art world. Some students may find the content quite challenging to grasp, however scaffold- ing and teacher direction will help students understand the concepts presented. N. French USER LEVEL: Stage 6 KLA: CA SYLLABUS: Visual Arts Stage 6 SCIS SUBJECTS: Art criticism PUBLISHER: Wheeler Centre, Vic REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012  *1534118* SCIS 1534118 Tezuka: The marvel of manga http://archive.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/ed/ resources/ed_kits/tezuka An education kit provided by the Art Gallery of NSW, this offers two downloadable PDF documents on Osamu Tezuka and his work. Tezuka has become known as the father of manga. Revered in Japan and applauded worldwide, the manga composer is known to the West through characters like Astro boy, Kimba the white lion, and Black Jack. The first document provides biographi- cal information on Tezuka and his engagement with the manga format. Part two displays full page samples of his work and commentaries on each of these. The documents are helpful reference resources for an intro- duction to the Japanese manga style. They offer useful background for studies of anime, and the large visual presentations offer valuable resources for studies in visual literacy. A number of thought-provoking questions are included to engage students in socio- cultural implications of manga and comic art in general. C. Sly USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 Stage 5 KLA: English SYLLABUS: English K--6; English 7--10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Tezuka, Osamu; Manga -- study and teaching; Illustrators, Japanese -- Biography; Manga -- Biography; Manga -- History and criticism PUBLISHER: Art Gallery of NSW, NSW REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012 [741.5] *1526381* SCIS 1526381 Explore colour with Patrick Heron www.artisancam.org.uk/flashapps/ explorecolour/index.php A contemporary British painter explores colour in painting on this interactive website. An opening tutorial explains colour, its effectiveness in artworks, and how particular effects are achieved. Students are asked to combine colours to replicate a Patrick Heron artwork. They also have the option to create their own colour scheme within the outline of the same artwork. These digital pictures can be compared and printed. An informative web tool, this offers an insight into use of blended colours and is very useful for the connected classroom context. N. Roche USER LEVEL: Stage 3 Stage 4 KLA: CA SYLLABUS: Creative Arts K--6; Visual Arts 7--10 SCIS SUBJECTS: Heron, Patrick; Colour in art; Painting Colour; Art, Abstract PUBLISHER: ArtisanCam, UK REVIEW DATE: 24/01/2012  *1445560* SCIS 1445560 Pictures of the floating world www.ngv.vic.gov.au/ngvschools/FloatingWorld Showcasing the culture of the Kabuki theatre of the Edo 62 Scan the SCIS barcodes to select eresources for your collection. = must be purchased.