Teacher Resources for
Inside Art

What is it? Inside Art is an online game which explores a painting from the inside out. During an art museum tour, you're sucked into a vortex and find yourself inside a mystery painting. Your only hope of escape is to answer the questions "Who?/What?/Where?/How?" A fish named Trish is your guide in this exploration of Van Gogh's Bank of the Oise at Auvers in its artistic and historical context.

Who Can Play? Inside Art is designed for 4th-graders and up. Students can play the game independently or in small groups. Some teachers have also used this activity with their entire class by projecting the computer screen on the wall.

How to Play: Encourage students to thoroughly explore "Who?/What?/Where?/How?" on the paint palette before selecting the Out! option. The Out! selection will present students with a visual, online quiz which checks for understanding and allows them to finish Inside Art.

Worksheet: You can also assign (and modify, as you like) the Inside Art study worksheet for additional assessment and accountability. Again, the worksheet requires students to play the game thoroughly to discover the answers. The questions are different from the quiz but their topics may overlap somewhat. Use the teacher key for guidance in correcting.

Art concepts/vocabulary:

color (comparing three artists' palettes)
subject (portrait, landscape, still life, abstract)
style (Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Expressionism)

Artist featured: Van Gogh

Other Artists:

Fra Angelico

If you like Inside Art, please try our other art adventure, A. Pintura: Art Detective.

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