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Open Freer Sackler


Found in: arts, social studies, preK-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Open Freer Sackler makes available for K-12 art and social studies teachers and students the complete collections of the Freer and Sackler Galleries and Freer Study Collection of Asian art. (The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery form the Smithsonian Institution's national museums of Asian art in the United States.) High-resolution images of works of art can be viewed on a whiteboard or downloaded and used freely for non-commercial purposes. A Graphic provides an analytic view of the collection. Objects can be keyword searched or browsed by type, topic, culture, place, date, and three more categories. The browsing menu lets users narrow their browsing under each category.

Browsing Iranian culture, for example, will produce nearly 3,000 objects including manuscripts, albums, paintings, drawings, and ceramics.

Teachers can become beta testers of this new resource by applying at Get Involved With Open F|S.

In addition, the Freer Sackler Galleries offer classroom lessons, activities, and other resources to use in conjunction with the Open Freer Sackler images.

Explore A Topic By Area comprises twelve online guides with collection overviews, online exhibition features, and teacher resources. Japan, for example, has a teacher’s guide, The Arts of Japan (PDF   1.3 MB, 72 pg.), four Lesson Plans (PDF ,  330 KB, 36 pg.) for elementary school students, and Color Inserts (  PDF, 415 KB, 24 pg.)

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