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Online Interactives

The Seattle Art Museum has created several Online Interactive sites for students and educators. We may have to take down an Online Interactive for technology or copyright purposes. If you are interested in finding an older Online Interactive that is no longer displayed below, check in the Audio, CDs, Videos category for a copy of the activity available for check out.

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): May 31-September 2, 2012. Website for the special exhibition, with a slideshow of works of art in the exhibition and photographs of the Australian landscape.

Art of the Silk Road
By Seattle Art Museum. An innovative virtual exhibition explores various themes in the art of the silk routes across Eurasia from the beginning of the Common Era to the fifteenth century. Includes art from the SAM collection as well as from major collections around the world.

Behind the Scenes: The Real Story of the Quileute Wolves
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2011. Slideshow of the exhibition, with links to additional online information and educator resources.

Chinese Painting and Calligraphy
By Seattle Art Museum; The Getty Foundation. Date(s): 2013. A partnership between the Getty Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative and the Seattle Art Museum, this newly developed online catalogue highlights SAM's collection of Chinese painting and calligraphy. Featuring thoughtful and provocative essays about major works by renowned scholars, high-resolution, zoom-able images of the works of art, and thorough documentation—including transcriptions and translations of inscriptions and colophons, and seals which are transcribed, identified and located.

Elles: Women Artists from the Centre Pompidou, Paris
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): October 11, 2012-January 13, 2013. Website for the Seattle Art Museum's Elles exhibitions, including Elles: Pompidou, Elles: SAM and Elles: Seattle. Includes educator information, links to artists biographies and the opportunity to share stories of important women in your life.

European Masters: Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures of Kenwood House, London
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): February 14-May 19, 2013. Exhibition information for the special exhibition Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures of Kenwood House, London, including previews of the art, educator resources and the downloadable audio guide.

Garden and Cosmos
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2009. An audio slide show of beautiful paintings from the royal courts of Rajasthan, India.

Gauguin & Polynesia: An Elusive Paradise
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): February 9-April 29, 2012. Website for the special exhibition, with an interactive map charting Gauguin's world travels, curatorial overviews and selected images from the exhibition.

Gaylen Hansen: Three Decades of Painting
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2007. This interactive website examines Gaylen Hansen’s influences; it includes audio clips from an interview with the artist as well as a timeline of his work.

How Does Art Tell Stories?
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 1998. Play the Look and Discover Stories game about gods from India and Southeast Asia. See Ganesa dance, and discover why Vishnu changes into a boar and Buddha has a bump on his head. After learning about gods from India and Southeast Asia, use this guide for discussing the sculpture, Hinduism, Buddhism and for leading related activities. The unit theme links visual art with language arts, and in some activities with performing arts. Questions and discussion ideas, classroom activities, stories, glossary, and other resources are included.

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2009. An interactive featuring John Trumbull's paintings, the cornerstone of the American Art Collection from the Yale University Art Gallery.

Luminous: The Art of Asia
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): Oct 13, 2011-Jan 8, 2012. Website for the special exhibition, with multimedia information about Do Ho Suh's installation and select art works from the exhibition.

Marine Navigation in the Age of Exploration
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2004. This interactive explores the scientific instruments used by Spanish explorers during the Age of Exploration—the quadrant, astrolabe, octant and chronometer.

Michelangelo Public and Private
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2009. Explore an audio slideshow of Michelangelo's preparatory drawings for the Sistine Chapel. Created for the special exhibition Michelangelo Public and Private: Drawings for the Sistine Chapel and other Treasures from the Casa Buonarroti at the Seattle Art Museum October 15, 2009 through January 31, 2010.

Northwest Modernists: Their Lives & Times
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2014. Use this interactive timeline to learn more about the Northwest Modernist artists' lives, careers, and the global events that helped shape their generations.

Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and the Moon
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2013. Website for the exhibition, which includes art images and educator resources.

Poem Scroll with Deer
By Seattle Art Museum. Explore the Deer Scroll interactive website, a virtual re-creation of a complete handscroll. Originally created in the early 17-century by two prominent Japanese artists, the handscroll was cut into two pieces in 1935.

S'abadeb—The Gifts: Pacific Coast Salish Art and Artists
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2009. Explore the unique art and culture of the Coast Salish First Peoples through this multimedia interactive.

Stories of Krishna: The Adventures of a Hindu God
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2003. Who is Krishna? Why is he blue? And why do women find him so attractive? Step into his world and join the adventures of a Hindu god.

Tables for Ladies: Edward Hopper's Women
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2008. Learn more about Edward Hopper’s 'Chop Suey', which is among the first of his paintings of the modern urban scene.

Target Practice: Painting Under Attack, 1949-78
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2009. An interactive of this special exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum June 25, 2009-September 7, 2009 featuring quotes paintings and audio of five of the artists in the show.

The Conservator's Studio
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2002. Explore four paintings from the Mexican Modernism exhibition through the eyes of a conservator (what's a conservator? you'll find that out too!). You'll have a new perspective on the paintings as well as how they are handled and prepared for display.

The Life and Times of Joan Miró
By Seattle Art Museum. Date(s): 2014. Interactive timeline of Miró's life and work, created for the special exhibition Miró: The Experience of Seeing.