Princeton University Art Museum Interactives
The primary mission of the Princeton University Art Museum is to support and enhance the university’s goals of teaching, research, and service through the study, preservation, conservation, exhibition, and development of its collections. As one of the richest cultural resources in the state of New Jersey, the museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton and in the local community, the region, and beyond. These four interactive features help fulfill this mission through rich-media Web sites that reveal the creativity, processes, and symbolism in Asian and Western art forms. These four interactive features were developed to bring four artifacts and their respective processes to life. Each of the stand-alone modules can be accessed and experienced independently, serving different curricular needs and subject matters. The interactives feature embedded videos of craftspersons engaged in throwing clay and painting. Extensive 3-D visualization throughout helps illuminate many complex procedures as well as make the virtual artifacts more convincing. By balancing learning with creativity, these modules engage diverse learning styles and help make objects in the collection portals of discovery.
Press & AwardsAmerican Association of Museums Muse Awards, Honorable Mention, Art, 2006
These interactive features let visitors explore the symbolism and process of the works of art around them. We particularly enjoyed the ones that walked us through the process of making ceramic and bronze vessels. To make a ceramic vessel we threw the clay, painted and glazed, and then finally fired it. After breaking several we learned the basics of how to work with clay.
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