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Art Sources Review

Title of Product:

A Sketchbook by Constable

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

Name of Author(s): Victoria and Albert Museum
Name of Producer: Victoria and Albert Museum
Language/s of Product: English
Target Group: Teachers, students 11+
Overall Evaluation: excellent
Objectives & Structure:
Constable’s sketchbooks and insight into his working methods. John Constable used this sketchbook during 1814. Constable filled his pocket sketchbooks with figures and scenery, many of which reappear in his paintings. A selection of images from the sketchbook is shown on this page.
Each of the images shown is clickable to enlarge and find the title. Each can be printed out.

Description of contents:
As well as the 60 sketches shown, the site has links to other important V & A pages, for example:
• Constable, Turner & The Exhibition Landscape
• Constable's Oil Sketches
The clickable images in these sections have important text describing the work.
There is also a direct link on the page to the National Gallery Constable collection.

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::
This excellent site would allow students to gain a clear understanding of Constable’s process and the importance of preliminary study and drawing in his work. This could obviously support their own practical artwork.
The pencil sketches can be compared to the oil sketches and then, by going to the National Gallery site, with the final finished works themselves.
This is supported by excellent teacher’s resources which can be downloaded by going to ‘Education’ at the top of the page, then ‘Teacher’s Resources’ then ‘Constable’ in the side menu.

Undoubtedly one of the richest websites for teachers or students to begin a study into John Constable and into an artist’s creative process.
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

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