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National Gallery of
Art Kids' Page

http://www.nga.gov/kids/
GRADE LEVEL: K-8



CONTENT:
NGA Kids gives students the opportunity to experience art and some of the stories behind it.

AESTHETICS:
The site is filled with beautiful paintings, animations, sounds, and virtual reality pages that are sure to intrigue the elementary school child. QuickTime VR and Flash plug-ins are needed to view some of the activities. Users can choose a low-tech version by scrolling to a link at the bottom of the main page.

ORGANIZATION:
The site is easy to navigate from the side menu. The internal pages have arrows for moving through the site. All link to the home page.

REVIEW:
This collection of activities for elementary students is sure to capture their interest. Students have the opportunity to experience art in a unique format. Users can not only view the individual paintings but also interact with them, enhancing understanding and appreciation of the artworks. Students can make the art of John Singleton Copley's Watson and the Shark come alive with virtual reality. A companion activity encourages students to tell their own stories. The animated, musical presentation Lizzie & Gordon Visit the Sculpture Garden is sure to delight young students and their teachers. Students will enjoy interacting with Tissot's Hide and Seek, visiting the rain forest and solving the word puzzle as they explore Heade's Cattleya Orchid and Three Brazilian Hummingbirds, or searching for clues to the true impact of David's Napoleon. Students won't want to miss this art adventure!

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