Saturday, August 23, 2008

Free the Artist in You

Let your inner artist out with these cool interactive sites.

REMIX Create a work of art with this interactive collage from the Museum of Modern Art. REMIX provides a palette of photographs, simple shapes, lines, and sizing tools that enable you to recreate new images out of existing ones.

Architect Studio 3D Design a house in 3D with Frank Lloyd Wright! On this Web site, you can design a house, walk through it in 3D, then share it with the world.

Drawing in One-Point Perspective How do artists draw things so they look three-dimensional? This site explains the principles of one-point perspective, and provides some hands-on activities to help you learn!

Teen Ink From the angsty to the sentimental, it's all here: Haiku, sestinas, love poems, free verse and rhyme. Submit your own and check out one of the books.

Chance Words Dada artists experimented with new forms of art in order to challenge expectations and norms. Use this site to create your own 'chance' Dadaist poem from cut-up newspapers.

PYROWORDS The page may look plain, but what a cool idea! Add lines to poems others have started or start your own and watch it grow.

Rhythm Web Open your ears to the rhythms of the world! This site focuses on rhythm through audio clips, articles, and Web links.

Energy in the Air Learn about every instrument in a classical orchestra and hear examples of each on audio clips specially selected to highlight each one.

Strange Fruit This overview highlights some of the American songs and songwriters whose words and music served as catalysts for thought, action and even social change. Listen to protest music and read lyrics at this thought-provoking companion Web site to the film by the same name.

Bust a Move Learn hip-hop dance moves with beginner, intermediate and advanced animated instruction.

Belly Dance Get advice, tips and tricks to master backbends and stomach rolls and learn about Middle Eastern costume and music.

Ballroom Dancing Learn to dance like a star! Each section begins with a general introduction, description of the music style and then a practice lesson.

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