Scholarly Resources

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Art on Film

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Research Topics in Art
Categorizing your research into topics can help you find what you want quickly. The more narrow your topic, the more exact your search results will become.

Techniques or Materials in Art: Sculpture, Painting, Ceramics, Illustration, Mosaic, Performance, Plastics, Glass, Graffiti

Genres or Movements in Art: Modernism, Impressionism, Cubism, Avante-Garde, Hyperrealism, Art Nouveau, Earth Art

Styles or Periods in Art: Renaissance, Hellenistic, Medieval, Baroque, Byzantine, Gothic, Ancient Greek, Romantic

Art is also covered in our research databases. Some biographical material on artists may also be found in the literary databases.

wcc students only logo ProQuest “The Arts”: This resource includes publications on the arts. Topic coverage includes Music, Theatre, Film, TV, Dance, Architecture, Art, and Design.

wcc students only logo Literature (Gale): Literary criticism. Includes biographies of authors, composers, and artists.

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Archives of American Art
(The Smithsonian Institution)
A “resource center dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to primary sources that document the history of the visual arts in America”.

Browse in the Library – Print Books & Magazines

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Browse & read in the library! Title include ARTnews, Art in America & Woman’s Art Journal

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Online Art Book Collections

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Credo: Art & Leisure
Read from one of the many of the full-text eBooks available from Credo Reference.

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Metropolitan Museum’s site offering “five decades of Met Museum publications on art history available to read, download, and/or search for free.”

Learn Art History

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Smarthistory – Multimedia learning resource about art and art history

Timeline of Art History – From the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Art History Resources – Christopher Witcombe

Learn Art Techniques

Universal Principles of Art : 100 Key Concepts for Understanding, Analyzing, and Practicing Art (via EBSCO eBooks)

Grove Encyclopedia of Materials and Techniques in Art (print Reference N 8510 .G76 2008)

Artists’ techniques & Materials (print Stacks N 7430 .F8413 2006 )

The Joy of Painting Season 1
From Bob Ross & PBS

Digital Collections / Art Museums

ArtsWA: My Public Art Portal
Search Washington State’s collection of public art.

Guggenhein “Collection Online”
Featuring nearly 1600 artworks by more than 575 artists.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art “The Collection Online”
Browse by Artist/Creator or Object Type/Material in their over 400,000 item collection of digital art images.

MoMA: The Collection
The Museum of Modern Art’s collection contains almost 200,000 works of modern and contemporary art by over 10,000 artists. 90,000 works are available online.

Yale Center for British Art
Contains 22000 digital images focused on the study of British art and culture.

NYPL Digital Collection

New York Public Library Digital Collections
High quality archival images from a wide variety of topics. Reusable images can be found in their public domain collection.

WikiArt: Visual Art Encyclopedia
Browse by artist, style, genre or technique. An ongoing project to create a free online repository of art images.

Google Art Project
Google’s “collaboration with some of the world’s most acclaimed art museums to enable people to discover and view more than a thousand artworks online in extraordinary detail.”

Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)
An online visual arts resource created by the Farnham Campus of the University for the Creative Arts.

Web Gallery of Art
A virtual museum and searchable database of European fine arts from 11th to 19th centuries.

Getty Open Images
Images of works in the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.

National Gallery of Art
This repository of digital images documenting the National Gallery of Art collections allows users to search, browse, share, and download images believed to be in the public domain. More than 20,000 open access digital images up to 3000 pixels each are available free of charge for download and use.

Smithsonian Institution Collections Search
Search archival, print and digital content.

Includes images from Europe’s museums.