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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

Turner Online

Country: United Kingdom
Century: 1800 - The 19th Century
Topic: John Constable & Joseph Mallord William Turner
Image of the product:

Name of Author(s): Tate Gallery
Name of Producer: Tate Gallery
Language/s of Product: English
Website of the product:
Target Group: General public, teachers, students 11+
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Availability of community:
Mailing List
Objectives & Structure:
The site offers complete access to all major paintings by Turner held in the Tate Gallery with some excellent interpretive sections, interactive areas and useful teacher’s materials. These are all selectable from a separate menu and many images and pieces of information can be downloaded.
Description of contents:
The title page (see above) explains the site clearly and sets out the following options:
• Biography
• Timeline
• Talking Turner – comments and critiques from Turner’s contemporaries to the present day
• Turners Gallery – an excellent interactive virtual visit to his gallery where children can select one of his pictures, click and find out about it
• Turner’s Travels – an interactive account designed for children to trace Turner’s footsteps on one of his sketching journeys
• Teachers – printable focus sheets and pack
• Turner links – to other parts of the Tate Britain website.

Evaluation and Comments:
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Clarity of structure, logical sequence of contents: excellent
Usability / easiness of navigation: excellent
The website is interesting / stimulating: excellent
Educational and learning value: excellent
Quality and relevancy of content: excellent
Compatibility of the content with the target group: excellent
Suitability and quality of graphic interface: excellent
Degree and quality of interaction: excellent
Exploitation of the electronic potential: excellent
Possibility of printing/saving material or tests: excellent
Description of how the website can be used with the students::
Students, either individually or as a group, could explore this site as an introduction to the artist and some of his work but, most usefully, the site provides excellent teacher resources.
It is, without doubt, the fullest and most well produced and user friendly Turner site available.

An excellent site for teachers or students to begin a study of Turner.
Evaluation Date: 30.06.08
Name of teacher: Emma Brown, David Graham
Name of School: Holly Lodge Girl’s College
Country: UK
Subjects Taught: Art

Comments about this product

Date: 2009.05.29

Posted by Teodora Zeia, National School of Arts "Dobri Hristov"-Varna, Bulgaria

Message: The presentation of Turner at is very helpful- the information about the artist is thorough: there is biography, timeline, even comments in the “Talking Turner” section. And “Turner’s Travels” is exposed in a very original and “fresh” manner. The only shortcoming (as I see it) is that, not counting his “Self Portrait”, there are no reproductions of his artwork.

Date: 2009.05.20

Posted by Nadia Petrova, NSA, Rousse, BG

Message: The web-site of Tate Britain can be very useful when studying international art. The section on Turner offers a tool for excellent understanding of his life and artwork, supported by biographical data and a strong selection of imagery. The Tate web-site is a very good suggestion and we should research its database in depth, both for Turner and for many many other artists.

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