Posted on January 10th, 2012 by by mbacker

Websites for Spring 2012 Classes The Met’s media page includes limited interactives (18 and mainly post Renaissance), but also video and audio. Has some interesting videos, but tend to cover Survey 2, and most are quite long (1 hr). - Dia Center’s website Many exhibits designed by the Library of Congress A blog by an art history teacher cataloguing some great sites. Some of the websites target younger visitors. Smithsonian’s Museums of Asian Art Google’s Art Project presents a digital recreation of the experience of walking though 17 of America and Europe’s most celebrated museums. Selected portions of the museums have been recreated with high resolution images of the works and super-high resolution of a major work from each museum. The collections focus on Western work created since the Renaissance. Great site about Ukiyo-E techniques The National Gallery of Art’s introduction to the elements of art. Activities demonstrate line, shape, etc. and would be very useful to a student of Art Appreciation. There are other activities, as well, including a lesson on the incorporation of math and science in art. - Companion site to a Louvre exhibit of Islamic art. - Site of the Byzantine Museum, in Thesaalonika, Greece. Includes a brief overview of periods spanning from the Early Christian to the Post-Byzantine. Each page includes descriptions of several artworks from the period, with several “rooms” per period. The British Library’s collection of virtual books. Includes the Lindisfarne Gospels and works by Leonardo da Vinci. Also the Diamond Sutra, the oldest printed “book,” 868. Some good Renaissance stuff, and the Ramayana, a 17th century Indian book. Pharos - a web page guiding you through the Fitzpatrick museum’s collection. It has some good interactive demos on techniques: bronze casting, Japanese prints, medieval manuscripts, and 15th century panel painting. The guide through the collections is not particularly innovative, and the collection consists mostly of European work post 1400. The site also offers online exhibits about conservation. Spain’s Sorolla Museum, which focuses primarily on the artist’s own work. The site offers a virtual tour with 360 degree panning views. Only brief information about each room you visit (and not individual works of art) is available in the tour. The site is in Spanish and the browser’s translator will not work on all text. van Eyck’s “Portrait of Cardinal Niccolò Albergati” is dicussed in relation to the Hockney/Falco theory of optics used to create the two versions of this image. Austin’s Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art. Includes engaging activities about Southwest American and Latin American Art. The activities appear most appropriate for middle school of high school students. Provides scrolling panoramic views of many of the world’s greatest buildings. The views of interiors are particularly helpful. Most attention is paid to European cities, but the site includes other cities from around the world. Art History Resources by Christopher Witcombe. Organized by category, and impressive quantity of links. Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History The Minneapolis Institute of Arts Online Resources, which include rich pages devoted to many online exhibitions, including the Arts of Asia, Modernism, World Myths, and World Religions.


Posted on August 30th, 2011 by by mbacker

Dynamic and free online textbook for art history/art appreciation is a fantastic, skillfully designed resource. It offers a survey of art history resources from the Old Stone Age to some of the most interesting art of the Twentieth Century. The site resembles an art history survey textbook, but the text and historical information is much lighter. On the other hand, the writing is to the point and engaging, and the site offers interesting, conversational videos analyzing key pieces from throughout history and many high quality images. I highly recommend checking it out to anyone interested in the arts.


Posted on January 12th, 2011 by by mbacker

How to forward your email

how-to-forward Lone Star emails

This file provides step-by-step instructions on how to forward email from your Lone Star email account ( to an email account of your choice. It’s important for students to keep track of their Lone Star email, so that professors can contact them and so that they’re aware of campus news, especially campus emergencies.

Posted on January 11th, 2011 by by mbacker

Art Appreciation (ARTS 1301) Required Textbook

ARTS 1301 at Lone Star College-CyFair requires the 6th edition of Sayre’s A World of Art for the Spring 2013 semester. The publisher has released the 7th edition, but we will be using the 6th. The easiest place to get the 6th edition is the campus bookstore. MyArtsLab is not required in Backer’s ARTS 1301 (it may be required in other professors’ sections.