Art Edcuation Web 2.0 Resource list
  • Animoto - upload and morph pictures into interesting slideshows with music or audio
  • Artsonia - a student art museum for showing visual art works of others
  • ArtsEdge - Kennedy Center's website for resources and lessons
  • Blabberize - make talking photos
  • Bookr - create books from your Flickr photos
  • - a great brainstorming tool
  • Comic Sketch - an online comic maker
  • Cameroid - use your webcam to take photos online
  • Dipity - makes timelines for your web page
  • Flickr - free online photosharing (and much more).
  • Geogreeting - type words with photos taken from GoogleMaps
  • Gliffy - make flowcharts, diagrams, and more, and collaborate with others
  • Glogster - virtual interactive posters you can embed in your wiki
  • Google Sketchup - - create 3D buildings and drawings
  • ImageChef- - create fun photo posters
  • Issuu - upload files, they're converted to online flash books that you can publish, share, and embed.
  • Jamstudio create you own original music
  • Kerpoof- creative tools for animation, drawing, and movie creation
  • Letterpop - a Flickr mashup to make cool newsletters
  • ManyEyes - a data visualization tool that creates active word clouds, data charts
  • Mind42 - collaborative concept-mapping tool
  • Mixbook - create photobooks online
  • Mr. Picassohead - - create and share your own face designs in the style of Picasso
  • Myebook - create ebooks online, complete with sound, images, text, video and more.
  • National Gallery of Art - enjoy these interactive art tools
  • Online Etch-A-Sketch just like the original!
  • Pencil- download and create pencil drawings draw online
  • Pianopedia - piano resources
  • Picturing America - a comprehensive collection of art throughout the decades of America. Interactive.
  • Pixlr- edit pictures easily
  • Presi - create a presentation that you can zoom in on for effect and creativity
  • Sliderocket - an alernative to PowerPoint
  • Slideshare - upload and embed your PowerPoints into your wiki
  • Splashup create pictures and edit photos online, just like Adobe Photoshop
  • Sumopaint - edit pictures online, so easy just like Photoshop
  • UUorld - pronounced, 'world'. a data visualization tool
  • Voki - text to speech with your custom created avatar!
  • Virtual Legos - Play with Lego online
  • Voicethread- upload, edit and share your pictures, audio, video and images in interesting ways
  • Web Canvas - collaborative online drawing canvas
  • Wordle - make art from words
  • Xtranormal - create and display your own animated movies

Here is an example of how you can give your students an authentic assessment in art. is a user generated t-shirt site that promotes user design and sale of a t-shirt. The basic concept can be seen here from an image from…
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Users log in, and submit an original design that they created. The design is then put into a forum for users to critique and praise the design. If the design receives enough recognition, threadless will put it on a t-shirt and feature it in their store for sale. I liken this site to a student-writing contest. The author submits an original idea and gets recognized for it and in some case, will receive a monetary gift. Plus, imagine applying to art school with a best selling t-shirt in your portfolio! That will surely get the attention of admissions officers!

I think every art classroom should make a strong push to have each student design a t-shirt for threadless. Even if the students’ design is not selected they are interacting with their peers and getting the opportunity to see and learn from other designs. Just by replying on a threadless forum, students are networking with other artists. This forum can create opportunities and lead to possible internships or job experiences.

I’ve never taught art, but if I were to incorporate threadless design into my art class, here is what I may cover.

  1. Students create an original design that has to focus on
    1. A specific style of art (cubism, impressionism, abstract, etc.)
    2. An artists style (Warhol, Monet, Picasso, etc.)
    3. Take an object and make it into a design
  2. Students create their design and present it to the class. They have to address their process and inspirations for creating the design as well as field questions and criticisms from their peers.
  3. Once they have been through the class presentation gauntlet they will submit their design to and report back on the responses they receive.

This is a fun project any art classroom should welcome. It incorporates technology, creativity and social networking. Plus it gives the student portfolio a little extra flare!

I hope you give a try and I look forward to hearing how you have used or plan on using this site in your classroom!

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