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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.