ENJOYING ART ON THE WEB

                                                                                                              (Especially when you don't want to go outside!)

 

Just a review (for some of you) or an introduction to art on the Web.  Some of you have expressed uncertainty in how to proceed.  The directions below will help you find your way into the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But these directions are similar to open any Web museum.   You could make a great collage as a project from museums all over the world, maybe specializing in the art you like best.   Work with friends!! Have fun!!  Be inspired!!  That’s what art is for.

 

  1. First, fight your way to a computer (!).  You can use either your home or a school computer, but make sure it has a broadband, not a phone-line modem. If it is a phone modem, you will take a huge amount of time downloading pictures—which is what you’re about to do.

 

  1. Type Metropolitan Museum of Art in the appropriate place in the search engine (such as Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.  I recommend Google because it’s so “clean”),  Click to enter the Metropolitan Museum of Art site.  Make sure that’s what it is—there are other “prompts” that contain the same words, and lead to places like EBay.  An attractive site with an art object or picture should appear. 

 

  1. Toward the bottom of the screen, you will find a round button with fancy letters on it—MMA, as I recall.  When you place your mouse-pointer on it, lo!! A hand will appear.  Click on that hand. 

 

  1. You will be transported to the next page! There, on the left side of your screen, you will see a number of different choices you could make. (Do it sometime!)  For now, you  will want to click on the one marked Collection. 

 

  1. You will notice that there are different sections in the Collection.  There is one section on Egyptian Art, one on African Art, one on European Paintings, and so on—there are many.  Click on any one of these.

 

  1. Each of the sections has 50 highlights.  Go through the Highlights.  Note that you can open them one at a time, 10 at a time, or even 50 at a time.  Try each method.  Finally, choose one picture or object and click on it.

 

  1. Please notice two neat little prompts below the picture to the left.  They will say “Enlarge” or “Add to my Met Gallery.”  Some of you have discovered that you can choose the ones you like the best and create your own “gallery” of art, to which you can return again and again. Good for you!  You may print out your Gallery and use it as part of your portfolio.  For now, though, zoom in on the art object/picture so it fills a good part of the screen.  Now, zoom it away and notice description, painter, etc. Use this information to fill out the first part of your “Arts  Analysis” sheets.