Introduction

This web site is a product of a National Endowment for the Humanities Curriculum Development grant. It offers an online resource for teaching about the art of the great Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn focusing on those works held in collections across the United States. Rembrandt is frequently thought of as a “European” artist. While many of his works are found in museums in Europe, he is generously represented in the holdings of many museums and similar collections across America. This project is targeted at teachers in grades 6-12 who wish to use the works of Rembrandt to teach and enhance instruction in core content areas including language arts and social studies. It is designed to support the efforts of those teachers interested in broadening the base of traditional teaching using the visual arts as the catalyst. This site also links to standards in Social Studies and the Arts and aligns with outcomes recommended by the No Child Left Behind Act.

Included as instructional material are video and audio features related to Rembrandt’s paintings, etchings, and drawings, digitized lesson plans, a slide show of Rembrandt’s artworks, an interactive Rembrandt timeline and map, and links to primary source documents. It also references links to individual state content standards, virtual museums, and online publications. The user can enter the site through any of its three major links, Introduction, Rembrandt’s Life and Times, or Teaching and Learning and then move to areas of personal interest.

In addition to teachers, the web site also targets those individuals who may be interested in using the works of Rembrandt as an instructional resource. These may include museum educators, art historians, teaching artists, and others in related fields in education, the humanities and other social sciences, as well as technology.

It is hoped that use of the site will increase capacity to network knowledge of Rembrandt’s art with regional, state, and national content and performance standards to improve student achievement and extend proficiency in these curriculum areas. Further, by its grounding in research theory and best practices, the Project hopes to promote innovation, encouraging all educators to break new ground in high-impact instructional pedagogy.