Artopia

Artopia is a comprehensive web-based arts experience designed for middle school students, covering the visual and performing arts.

Grades 6-8

Artopia is a comprehensive web-based arts experience designed for middle school students, covering the visual and performing arts. Students will learn art history via animated one-minute movies, be guided on how to closely examine important works of art, and view videos of professional artists at work.This project was supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Please note many of the web videos include transcripts.

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A Closer Look - 1812 Overture | Artopia
A Closer Look - 1812 Overture | Artopia

Video

A Closer Look In this video clip The South Carolina Philharmonic is playing the last few minutes of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. This piece of music was written to celebrate a Russian victory over the...
A Closer Look - Concert in the Park | Artopia
A Closer Look - Concert in the Park | Artopia

Video

A Closer Look Danielle Howle has been called "a southern storyteller with a gorgeous sense of melody." She tells stories through her songs. Like poetry, songs often leave out more than they put in...
A Man and a Horse by a Stream | Artopia
A Man and a Horse by a Stream | Artopia

Photo

Hua Yan A Closer Look Hua Yan uses lines to create the shapes of the man, horse and trees in this painting. He then uses more lines to show details within these figures. Line is the most basic element...
A Midsummer Night's Dream | Artopia
A Midsummer Night's Dream | Artopia

Video

William Shakespeare A Closer Look In this scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream Oberon, the King of the Fairies, has tricked the queen, Titania, into falling in love with Nick Bottom. Meanwhile, Puck...
Acting Outside In | Artopia
Acting Outside In | Artopia

Video

Working outside in involves finding some external inspiration and internalizing that into an artistic performance.
Alice Neel  | Artopia
Alice Neel | Artopia

Photo

Illustration by Maria Manhattan Alice Neel was born on January 28, 1900 in Merion Square, Pennsylvania and spent her childhood in the small town of Colwyn, PA. In 1921, she enrolled in the...
Alison Saar | Artopia
Alison Saar | Artopia

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Illustration by Maria Manhattan Alison Saar was born in 1956 in Los Angeles, California. Her mother, the well-known artist Betye Saar, has European, Native American, and African American ancestors...