Lexmark offers schools free color printers, supplemental content

Lexmark International is giving a color inkjet printer free of charge to every school in the United States that requests one through its Print Art Educational Program. Lexmark says its program is designed to expand and enrich the art and cultural education resources in elementary, middle, and high schools in districts nationwide.

The Print Art Educational Program includes a free color inkjet printer, a “print gallery” CD-ROM, and a teacher’s guide. The printer features art-quality resolution and comes with a warranty and the proper cabling. The print gallery is the product of an exclusive collaboration between Lexmark and the largest consortium of art museums in Europe, the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN). The disc includes software and approximately 100 high-resolution works of art that allow students to view, explore, and learn about art masterpieces from the great museums of Europe. The teacher’s guide includes academic exercises that put the CD to use in virtually every discipline, from art, language, and social studies to math and science.

The program is set up in two phases. The print gallery CD-ROM is the first phase of the program. It was created through an exclusive arrangement between Lexmark and RMN to produce a high-resolution CD-ROM featuring a wide range of Europe’s finest artworks. A joint web site, www.print-art.com, provides additional educational information about the history of painting and its interaction with art.

Phase two of the program was developed through a partnership with the Kentucky Horse Park’s “All the Queen’s Horses” exhibit. The result of that partnership was a second CD-ROM containing 100 art and artifact images that take students through British history by way of the horse. Similar to the first phase of the program, the CD includes descriptions of the art it contains and is completely indexed to aid in classroom instruction. The CD also comes with lesson plans, a glossary of terms, and narratives translated into French and Spanish.

After schools take part in Lexmark’s Print Art Educational Program for one year, they automatically receive the phase two materials.


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