The Athenaeum is an evolving set of online tools for anyone with an interest in history, archaeology, philosophy, or the arts. In its current state, The Athenaeum – Art is an excellent resource for any teacher looking for examples of artwork. The Athenaeum currently has 200,000 artworks by 9,804 artists.
Users can search by keyword or browse art by artist, art movement, female artists, year completed, and other categories not particularly useful for a general viewer. Each browsing list can be sorted in ascending and descending order, number of artworks, and birth date.
Here are some lessons that could be used in conjunction with this website.
- Portraits: I've Just Seen a Face
Students in grades 3-5 examine our desire to capture the human in image and words. In one activity, students analyze archival portraits of children.
- Edward Hopper's House by the Railroad: From Painting to Poem
Students in grades 6-8 explore the emotions generated by Hopper's painting and Hirsch's poem, and analyze how the painter and poet achieved these responses. The Athenaeum image is larger.
- Composition and Content in the Visual Arts
Students in grades 9-12 analyze ways in which the composition of a painting contributes to telling a story or conveying a message through the placement of objects and images within the painting.