Tuesday, July 29, 2014

NGA Book Goes Interactive

Art History Book goes Interactive for the SMARTBoard
I love when I can feel totally relaxed in the summer AND super crazy productive! I just finished the final touches on my annual Artist-of-the-Week SMARTboard presentation for the next year! Can I get a "Woo Hoo!"??

It takes a lot of hours to make this type of activity, but I love exposing new artists, cultures and types of art to my students. If you want the background of this idea, you can check out these posts. Or you can go to the SMART Exchange and get them all to download for yourselves! 

This year, I used an awesome book as my jumping off point: An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work. It has a simple layout, crisp images and age-appropriate info and questions. A bonus? No naked people! (That's a tricky subject matter with my ittybitties!)

And I'm still pretty old-school, in that I like to plan out my Notebook files on paper first. Its kinda fun to see a simple sketch turn magically into a complete digital file.

To make the book more "interactive" for the SMARTboard, I just adapted 26 of the 45 artists bios, used the National Gallery of Art's website, and added questions, pull tabs, animations and video links. And every page links internally to make navigation a breeze! That makes it sound easy, right?! I'm going to use the file for the entire 2014-2015 school year, so it was worth every minute!
A look at the title page

Seven themes - all linked to multiple pieces of art

Then, each theme explores different artists and their work

Each piece of art is laid out to reveal an image, facts, guiding questions and maybe even a hidden link or 2

Download and enjoy!


  1. I love all the art history you do! I would love to tie in more with my class but I don't have a smartboard. I have an ipad and Apple TV to project. Is there a way to use these slides without a smart board? Thanks!!

  2. Kim - you could totally use these without a SMARTBoard! As long as you can make the images large enough for the class to see, the file doesn't have to be opened on an IWB at all. And you could always download the file and see if it works for you and your technology situation. Good luck! Let me know how it goes!