Art Resources

General Art Resources

News, pictures, videos, galleries, puzzle games, and more.
Annotated links to hundreds of art sites, arranged by subject. Very complete and well-organized.
The Art Story
The Art Story aims to sort through all the noise of the art world and shed light on modern and contemporary art.
Google Arts & Culture
A collaboration between Google and 151 acclaimed art partners from across 40 countries which allows users to tour museums and view works of arts online. Includes a YouTube Channel as well.
Great Art Explained (video)
Curator James Payne is on a mission to demystify the art world and discover the stories behind the world’s greatest paintings and sculptures. Each episode will focus on one piece of art and break it down, using clear and concise language free of ‘art-speak’.
Sign in and explore the great masterpieces of painting up close.transparent 1×1 In extreme high definition. Includes extreme close-ups of The Last Supper and other masterpieces.
Lifehacker: How to Read a Painting
This article shows a quick way to approach and appreciate a painting, although the ideas here can be applied to works in other mediums (sculpture, drawing, even architecture and fashion) quite easily.
PBS LearningMedia: Art School
Art School is a KQED web video series that introduces contemporary artists who discuss their careers and intentions, then demonstrate hands-on techniques or concepts. Art School provides resources for learning how to break dance, draw comic strips, create animations, and much more.
Understanding Art: The Death of Socrates: How To Read A Painting
A look at this famous painting and how to understand such art not just on its own but in the context of other works.
The Wandering Art Historian (video)
An art historian looks at famous artists and works, as well as looking at such topics as How to Read a Painting


30+ Beautiful Examples of Interior and Exterior Design (Architecture Photography)
This blog post features an array of stunning architectural photographs. Links to the original photos encourage further exploration.
American Institute of Architects
We advocate for the value of architecture and give architects the resources they need to do their best work.
Architect of the Capitol
Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of the landmark buildings and grounds of Capitol Hill. At this site, you can find images of the U.S. Capitol with explanations of the art and architecture found there.
Architectural Digest
Keep up to date with architecture and design news on Architectural Digest, including profiles on top talent, building announcements and new projects.
Chicago Architecture Center
The Chicago Architecture Center inspires people to discover why design matters. The Online Exhibits section is a great place to explore for those who can’t get to the museum itself.
CNN Style: Architecture
Articles and images about current doings in the field of architecture.
Great Buildings Online
While this hasn’t been updated in several years, there are still hundreds of pages and photographs of noteworthy buildings and models at this site.
Historic American Buildings
Images from the Library of Congress showing achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes…
International Architecture Database
This database for international architecture … has meanwhile become the largest online-database about worldwide architects and buildings from past to present. archINFORM includes information over more than 84000 built and unrealized projects from various architects and planners.
MIT OpenCourseware: Architecture
Archives of graduate and undergraduate courses going back over a decade, available for free.
New York Times: Architecture
News about Architecture, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
Skyscraper Page
Images and imformation about thousands of tall buildings worldwide. Architecture
Use these architecture resources to learn more about famous buildings and structures around the world, classic and modern house plans, building a house, famous architects and more.
Vatican: Papal Basilica of Saint Peter / Sistine Chapel
Take virtual tours of St. Peter’s and the Sistine Chapel.

Art History

Art Through Time: A Global View
Art Through Time: A Global View examines themes connecting works of art created around the world in different eras. The thirteen-part series explores diverse cultural perspectives on shared human experiences. Videos, transcripts, and images.
The Emergence of Advertising in America: 1850 – 1920
Over 3,300 advertising items and publications dating from 1850 to 1920, illustrating the rise of consumer culture and the birth of a professionalized advertising industry in the United States.
Getty Publications Virtual Library
Offers [m]ore than 300 of our books to read and download for free, all about art and art history.
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
Essays and images of art through the ages from the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Illustration History
From the Norman Rockwell Museum, a history of illustration. Includes access by artist, time period, and genre.
Khan Academy: Art History
We understand the history of humanity through art. From prehistoric depictions of bison to contemporary abstraction, artists have addressed their time and place in history and expressed universal truths for tens of thousands of years.
MAP Academy
A new resource exploring the histories of art in South Asia
MetPublications: Books With Full Text Online
Five decades of Met publications on art history, available to read and/or search for free. Collection includes over 600 titles from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Seeing Art History (video)
Short videos from a professor of Art History on various art topics from medieval times through the 1800s.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum – Books
The Guggenheim has digitized over 200 art books and made them available for free at the Internet Archive

Art Practice & Technique

ArtShow: Art Tutorials
Links to tutorials from various sites for painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and other arts.
The Artist’s Toolkit
Explore the tools that artists use — like line, color, and balance — to build works of art.
Artyfactory offers free art lessons for all. Our aim is to share our knowledge, understanding and experience of art to improve your artistic skills and to increase your enjoyment in creating artworks.
Bob Ross video
Archives of “The Joy of Painting” show by the late Bob Ross.
Color Theory Tutorial
If you are involved in the creation or design of visual documents, an understanding of color will help when incorporating it into your own designs.
Learn Calligraphy
Detailed steps explain how to use the calligraphy pen, how to write calligraphy letters, how to plan a calligraphy project and how to decorate your calligraphy project.
Learn To Draw
Interactive, easy to follow, lessons featuring Macromedia’s Flash technology makes learning how to draw enjoyable and leisurely.
LiveAbout: Fine Arts & Crafts
Find everything you need to know about drawing and painting, from choosing pencils and brushes, to step-by-step tutorials that will help you create your own masterpiece. Topic areas include Painting, Drawing & Sketching, and Arts & Crafts.
My French Easel
A blog with art tips for oil, watercolour and pastel.
Pigments Through the Ages
Pigments are the basis of all paints, and have been used for millennia. They are ground colored material. …This exhibit includes most important pigments used through the early 20th century.
This is a portrait art tutorial site, with lessons on sketching and drawing faces, tutorials on digital art, an overview of art and drawing techniques, art supplies, book recommendations, anatomy, and much more.
Watercolor Online – Articles and Tutorials
Links to articles about some watercolor techniques.
Whats Its Color: Find the complementary and primary color of any image
An image-color processing utility that will evaluate an image and give you the image’s primary and complementary dominant colors of an image, how many visually unique colors are in an image, and the top ten visually unique colors in an image. Extremely useful when creating any type of designs around an image.


Art Institute of Chicago
This Chicago museum offers access to tens of thousands of works in its online collection.
Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg
The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg house three centuries of historic clothing and accessories. From attending formal balls to getting dressed for bed, the antique clothing in the collection tells the story of daily life. Explore history’s wardrobe in this online exhibit.
The British Museum
The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. Find information … gallery guides and teaching resources. Search highlight objects of the collection and view current research projects. A related site is the Muesuem of the World timeline from the British Museum With Google.
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Official site of the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Corning Museum of Glass
Museum of glass in Corning, New York including the science of glass, glass art, and glass throughout history.
Digital Public Library of America
A single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others.
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
Includes a searchable “ImageBase” with over 80,000 pictures.
The Frick Collection
Site of the Frick Museum in Philadelphia.
The Getty
Images from collection and special exhibitions plus a special Getty Education section for students and teachers.
Google Arts & Culture
Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces. Includes Google Art Project, Historic Moments, World Wonders, and more, plus associated Google Arts & Culture YouTube Channel.
Guggenheim: Collection Online
Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of more than 7,000 artworks.
English language version of the official site of this famous museum in Paris.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City’s Metropolitan Museum. Browser the site or jump direction to the online Collections page.
MoMA – Museum of Modern Art
The Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
National Gallery of Art
Highlights the extensive collections of the national art gallery in Washington, D.C.
National Museums Scotland
Besides online access to their collections, the National Museums site allows visitors to discover more about our amazing objects through stories, films, games and resources.
National Portrait Gallery (London)
The collection is the most comprehensive of its kind in the world.
New York State Museum on YouTube
From gallery tours and field trips to interviews with educators and scientists, the NYSM continues to provide access to its research and collections through this series of virtual programming.
Public Art Archive
The Public Art Archive™ (PAA™) is a totally free, continually growing, online and mobile database of completed public artworks.
Rijks Studio
View over 125,000 works of art from the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.
Smithsonian Institution
Sometmes called “The Nation’s Attic” the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. includes a number of museums under its umbrella. Entry points for the various Smithsonian Museums and special collections on display online include:

Tokyo National Meseum
The Tokyo National Museum collects, houses, and displays a comprehensive collection of art works and antiquities from Japan as well as other Asian countries.
Vatican Museums
Online access to the Vatican’s famous collection.
Virtual Sistine Chapel
Use your mouse to get a 360-degree view, pan around, and zoom in. (Requires Flash)
Hundreds of online exhibits available for free viewing.
Web Gallery of Art
A virtual museum and searchable database of European painting and sculpture of the Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Neoclassicism and Romanticism periods (1100-1850).
Yale University Art Gallery
Views of the collection of the Yale Art Museum, plus information about art and art appreciation. You can also search across all Yale’s collections with the Yale Digital Commons page.


12 Elements to Capture That Winning Shot
Tips to remember when going for a great photo.
25 Great Photographers You Should Know (with portfolios)
List of photographers with short descriptions, representative photos, and links to their sites where possible.
The Beginner Photography Podcast
Features …interviews photographers of all genres who share some of their best tips on getting started so you can grow your photography skills faster! And check out the article How to Learn Photography For Beginners, with plenty of tips about camera settings.
Creative Live: Beginner Photography Fundamentals (video)
Creative Live: Photography Quick Tips and Master Lessons (video)
Video lessons for budding photographers.
Digital Photography Magazine
News, reviews, and articles relating to digital photography.
Exposure Guide
Easy to understand tips and digital photography techniques are offered in many subjects from portraits, to sports, to wildlife and nature photography. Includes camera basics, picture-taking tips, and image editing.
Focus on Photography
A great photography reference tool. Inlcudes basics of photography, lighting, cameras, and more.
George Eastman Museum
The photography collection at the George Eastman Museum, among the oldest and best in the world, comprises more than 400,000 photographic objects dating from the introduction of the medium in 1839 through to the present day.
Lifehacker: Photography
Tiips, tricks, photos, videos & more for photographers.
National Geographic: Digital Photography Tips
Get digital photography tips from photographers Rob Sheppard and Bob Martin in this photo field guide from National Geographic.
National Geographic: Photography
View articles with photographs or click straight through to the photo galleries for stunning images from National Geographic.
New York Times Photography
Highlights articles with striking photographs or otherwise pertaining to photography.
Photography Life
News, reviews, and articles relating to photography. Includes an extensive set of articles for those who wish to Learn Photography and a comprehensive totorial in its Photography Basics: The Complete Beginner’s Guide.
Popular Phototography
Browse a variety of photography resources, from camera reviews to photo tips. Plus galleries, blogs, contests, and more.
The Sony World Photography Awards
From exhilarating sport to glamorous fashion, candid documentary, captivating landscapes, people, places, trends and imaginations – this awards programme unveils stories seen and told by people from across the globe.
The Spruce Crafts: Photography
To get started with photography, all you need is a camera—we’ll show you the rest! From equipment and lighting, to sharing and displaying your photos.
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