Art Museum Search  


A WebQuest for 10th-12th Grade Art Class 

by 

Kelly Hjelmeland 

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various images of museums and art from American museums
Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Links | Teacher Page

Introduction

You and two friends have just won an all expense paid trip to any major metropolitan city in North America. You are all big art buffs and want to see as much original art in your favorite genre as possible. 

Task

You must research the museums and galleries of your chosen city to find works that you think fit your criteria well, and that you would actually like to see in person. Plan an itinerary so that you can all see some of your favorites in the three day two night time frame. You will be asked to  present that itinerary using graphic images of the artworks you hope to see as examples. 

The city you choose must be somewhere in the North American continent. Large metropolitan areas are best. You may not choose the city you live in or one that is closer that 100 miles to where you live. 

Process

1  Group Assignment

    Your teacher will assign you to a group of three. 

  Establishing Your Role

    You will each play the role of an art enthusiast for a particular style or era of art.  Each group member must choose a different style or era. Be ready to explain your reasons for your choice.
      Some options for this are:
      Neoclassical, Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, Super Realism, Pop Art, and Conceptualism 

3  Choosing a City to Visit

    As a group you must decide on a city that will be your destination for the three day two night trip. Remember that the city must be in North America and it cannot be within 100 miles of where you live. It will be easier if you choose a large metropolitan city. 
      Some suggested cities are: 
      New York  -  Montreal  -  San Francisco Chicago  -  Boston  -  Los Angeles  -  Seattle

4  Searching the Web

    Look for museums and galleries that display your chosen style or ere. Start with a web browser such as Google to help you find desired sites.  A good strategy here is to enter the name of your city and "art museum" or "art gallery" into Google.  If you have chosen one of the cities listed above, click on that city above to find some helpful links
    As you look for your chosen art pieces, remember to record the site URL, the museum or gallery name, and the name of the artists that you have found to look at. If the piece you are looking at is part of a special exhibit, record that as well. 

    As you are searching, keep in mind the work that your teammates are looking for and pass on any site information that you think would be beneficial to them. 

5  Capturing Images

    Capture at least one picture from each exhibit that you plan to visit. You will each need to have at least one, preferably three images for your chosen area. If possible capture an image for each artist, in your chosen area that you plan to see. 

6  Planning Your Trip

    When you have accumulated a good amount of information, and captured enough pictures, get together with your team and compare notes as to what you have found. This is the point where you will need to plan out what you can possibly see in a three day time period. Try to keep your visits balanced between all three of your areas. Give yourself a few hours, at least in each museum, especially if there is more than one exhibit that you will be viewing there. Galleries may require less time, but don't short change yourself. Remember you are an art enthusiast and really want to drink in the art work you are getting to see in person. Also remember to give yourself time for meals and travel between exhibit locations.

7 Creating Your Presentation

    Now that you have found the places that you want to see, captured some images, and planned an itinerary that is acceptable to everyone in your group, you still need to present it to the class. You have number of choices here, depending on the resources available to you, and your teachers requirements. You can create a power point presentation, a poster, a brochure, or a web site. Whichever you choose, be sure to include, the name of your city, the styles or eras of art you were looking for, your reasons for choosing these styles, the names of the museums and galleries, the names of the artists, the names of the exhibits if known, and the schedule you will follow. Also include at least one image of an art work per person, including the artist, title, location and your reason for choosing the art work. 

Evaluation

 
 

Beginning

1

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

Basic
Criteria
Met

 

Project includes less than one captured artwork from each group member .

Plan includes visits to only one or two exhibits. 

Physical and web location of each exhibit is missing or incomplete.

Exhibits are not limited to one city or metropolitan area.

Trip may be too short or too long for the time frame given.

Project includes at least one captured artwork from
each group member.


Plan includes visits to multiple exhibits. 


Physical and web location of each exhibit is included.


Exhibits are limited to one city or metropolitan area.


Trip could  be completed in the time frame given.

Project includes more than one captured artwork from each group member .

Plan includes visits to multiple exhibits. 

Physical and web location of each exhibit is included.

Exhibits are limited to one city or metropolitan area.

Trip could comfortably be completed in the time frame given.



Selection
of
Artwork

 

Some artwork fits the criteria for and shows a basic understanding of the genres chosen

Presentation shows little variety in exhibits visited.

Resources for images and information are missing or incomplete

Most artwork fits the criteria for and shows an increased understanding of the genres chosen


Presentation shows variety in exhibits visited.


Resources for images and information are provided

All artwork fits the criteria for and shows advanced understanding of the genres chosen

Presentation shows variety in exhibits visited.

Resources for images and information are clearly provided



Collaboration

 

Plan meets the needs of most group members.

Each group member took responsibility for their own task.

Group members assisted each other only minimally, when absolutely necessary.

Conflicts were resolved within the group in a manner that was unsatisfactory to some members.
 

Plan meets the needs of all group members.


Each group member took responsibility for their own task.

Group members assisted each other in a friendly and helpful manner as needed


Conflicts were resolved within the group in a manner that was satisfactory to all 

Plan meets the needs of all group members.

Each group member took responsibility for their own task.

Group members assisted each other in a friendly and helpful manner as needed.

Conflicts were resolved within the group in a manner that was satisfactory to all members. Without requiring assistance from an outside source such as the teacher. 

Group members offered additional, pertinent, information to each other when discovered in their own searches.
 



Oral
Presentation

 

Presentation is less than clear, not well organized and difficult to understand. Presentation is clear, well organized and easy to understand. Presentation is clear, well organized, interesting, easy to understand, and engaging.

Written Presentation

 

Presentation is less than clear, not well organized, difficult to understand and less than aesthetically pleasing.. Presentation is clear, well organized and laid out, easy to understand, and aesthetically pleasing. Presentation is clear, well organized and laid out, interesting, easy to understand, aesthetically pleasing, and engaging

Conclusion

When you have completed this WebQuest you will have comprehensive plan for visiting another city that ensures the optimum use of your time for visiting desired artworks. You will know how to research for museums and galleries in cities that you plan to visit in real life. You will also know how to present that information to others in a clear and compelling manner so as to persuade them that you should be able to go and see what you want to see. This could be very useful when your family plans a trip somewhere that you might otherwise find boring. 


Credits & References

The image at the top of the page was compiled in Photoshop from a collection of images found on the web.
They include:

http://www.fryeart.org/onview.html Fritz Karl Hermann von Uhde, The Picture Book, 1889,

http://www.artguidenw.com/  public viewing a gallery

http://www.hammer.ucla.edu/ Vincent van Gogh. The Sower, c. 1888.

http://www.brooklynart.org/visit/special_exhibitions/chicago/
Judy Chicago,The Dinner Party, 1979


http://www.bu.edu/art/   Cubist art in a frame

http://seattle-art-museum.visit-seattle.com/   Photo by Susan Dirk © Seattle Art Museum

http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/lange/

Dorthea Lang, Migrant Mother, Nipomo California, 1936


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Last updated on 10-21-2002.