February 9, 2007
A Website Review: The Art Zone
Thanks to Laura M., an eighth
grader from Louisville, KY who sent us the following
The Art Zone is a website created by
the National Gallery of Art to help students appreciate
art. On this site students can play with different kinds
of art modeled after famous pieces in the National
Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.
Try it and have fun (http://
), but be careful because you will become so
absorbed in playing with art that you won't be able to
do anything else. Check out the site's "Jungle"
section, inspired by French artist Henri Rousseau.
You can use the menu bar on the side of the screen
to put Rousseau-style plants or animals into your
own painting. You can even make the sky rainy,
sunny, or dark like the night and add a moon and
stars if you'd like. When you finish creating your own
jungle, it looks like a real piece of art that could
appear in the National Gallery right next to
Rousseau's work. It makes you feel just like a real
artist. Way cool!
But there's more. Go to the "PaintBox" and create
your own piece while learning about different artistic
elements like color, transparency, symmetry and
lines. There's also the "Collage Machine" which
helps you creatively express yourself with different
This website is fun for everyone, no
matter your age. You don't even need to spend any
money to feel like an artist because it is free. You
can't beat that. Go to The Art Zone and interact with
all kinds of art. You will love it.
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