Art of Craig Mullins
This visually appealing site showcases the work of commercial artist Craig Mullins, a 1991 graduate of the Art Center College of Design. Mullins’ work consists of highly skilled, super realistic artworks created for print, film, television, simulator rides, etc. Though most of the artwork displayed was created by digital means, Mullins rarely explains how technology was used. It is nonetheless an excellent resource for examples of artwork created using a variety of digital programs.
The Artchive is a very comprehensive visual arts Web site that functions like a museum institution. This site includes over 2,000 scanned images that can be accessed by artist, art exhibit reviews that are written for an online magazine called Glyphs, links to current online exhibits, examples of art theory and criticism, art CD-ROM reviews, an art forum for sharing ideas, and links to interesting art sites about museums, artists, and resources. Clicking on Resources in the Art Links section yields access to daily international and regional art news, worldwide arts resources, virtual library museum pages, art history resources on the Web, art and technology net news, and a Web gallery of art.
Artcyclopedia is an excellent fine arts search engine that helps you locate works of art available online at museum and gallery Web sites. A sample search yielded at least one online image for every artist requested, and the images are large and of high quality.
Artscene covers fine art in Los Angeles and throughout Southern California. Articles, exhibition, and calendar information are all updated each month; a new exhibition is installed in the Virtual Museum monthly as well. In addition to articles about selected current exhibitions and viewable works of art, the ArtScene site houses a complete Listings of fine art gallery and museum sites and pages (over 400 of them).
A resource center for the preservation and promotion of arts of Asia, including India, Nepal, Tibet, China, and Japan. Online exhibits and scholarly articles with a moderated forum available. Links to other Asian locales and sponsoring galleries are provided.
Asian Art Museum of San Francisco
The Asian Museum of Art was closed to the public until early 2003, while moving to its new site. During this transition period The Asian Art Museum continued to offer a variety of special programs for the Bay Area. Since visitors couldn’t come to the museum, the site took the museum to them. The Community Speakers Program presents Asian art slide lectures by the museum’s specially trained docents at your community center, school, or office. For information, call (415) 379-8839. For teachers and accredited educational groups, we’re offering our Passport to Asia program which sends docents and storytellers out to classrooms around the Bay Area to present Asian art and culture to schoolchildren through a variety of fun, interactive activities. Resource materials, designed by the Education Department, are also available to all educators. Asian Art Museum Storytellers will also be telling Asian myths and folktales to families at San Francisco’s Main Library, 100 Larkin Street, on the 2nd Saturday of each month at 11 am in the children’s room.
Association of Clay and Glass Artists
A professional resource, the Association of Clay and Glass Artists is an organization centered in the San Francisco Bay area of Northern California. This Web site serves as a networking resource with news and information regarding exhibits, workshops, and programs. Programs like Potters for Peace and Empty Bowls serve as outreach and advocacy vehicles, as well as exhibition venues for participating artists.
The Beazley Archive
This British site is a rich source for studies in classical sculpture processes and history. Illustrated essays provide detailed background on Greek and Roman sculpture and pottery. Classic and modern casting and molding processes are outlined in detail and are also illustrated. The Beazley Archive is a branch of Oxford University.
The Book Arts Web
This is the home of the Book Arts Web which features links to a large selection of book arts-related sites on the Web, including galleries with images. Here you’ll also find the Book_Arts-L FAQ which features full subscription information for this listserv of almost 1,200 individuals but also the full archives organized by year, then month. They are also fully searchable and contain a treasure trove of all kinds of technical tips, announcements, and helpful banter.
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Extremely handsome, resource-rich Web site with an excellent searchable database. The exhibit section catalogs over 44 past exhibits, including Monet, Sargent, and Cassett. Collections are divided into eight categories: Americas, Ancient World, Asia/Oceania and Africa, Europe, Contemporary, Musical Instruments, Prints/Drawings/Photos, and Textile and Fashion. One of the finest Egyptian collections in the world is housed at the museum. There are audiovisual introductions to some of the online exhibits.
The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art
The Bowers Museum of Cultural Art promotes education and understanding by bringing the best art from world cultures to people of all ages. The Museum, located in Santa Ana, California, is a major regional resource for students, teachers, and the community. It provides opportunities to learn of many cultures and various historical periods of California through a variety of programs offered by the Education and Public Programs office. The museum offers teacher workshops, outreach programs to schools, studio art classes, and curriculum materials based on the Museum’s permanent and special exhibitions. The Web site provides a variety of information for all visitors. Select “Education” to learning about programs for students, teachers, and adults.
The British Museum
This extraordinary site illuminates world cultures with over 30 ( and growing ), regularly updated, unique online tours. Over 5,000 objects online, with links so you can browse between related objects as well as background information about the people and cultures who made or used them. Click on EXPLORE, then Online tours. Also available is Explore/Families and children, with a children’s search, activities, and quizzes for use in the classroom for 7-11 year-olds. Available in six languages.
Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to the Ancient World
“Cleopatra: A Multimedia Guide to Art of the Ancient World” is an interactive journey through the collection of ancient art (Egypt, Greece, and Italy using 18 specific objects from the museum’s collection) at The Art Institute of Chicago. The site is enhanced with the availability of digitized video clips, animated passages, close-up views of the objects, an illustrated timeline, maps, a glossary, links to other useful Web sites, and lesson plans based on nine specific works of art for grades four through twelve. Though the lesson plans are not aligned to California state arts standards, they do address and align to Illinois state arts standards.
Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum houses a wide variety of collections, including Asian Art, Medieval Armour, Ancient and Islamic Art, Photography, Contemporary Art, and Decorative Art & Sculpture. Click on Explore to Choose from 11 collections offered on Cleveland Museum’s easily navigable Web site. Each collection can be randomly viewed in groups of 9 or searched by artist or title. Click on Navigate, then Collections to reach six online tours. Information is also available on current exhibits, special events, and visiting the museum.
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Considered one of the country’s top three museums, this site introduces you to the extensive 60,000 works in their collection. The seven categories contain only a sampling of images, along with useful, meaningful information. Over 70 past exhibits are available for viewing, ranging from paintings, sculpture, and photography to samurai weapons. The exhibits are the real highlight of this site. The clean bright pages are easy to navigate with images available in two viewing sizes. Select Education to view what the museum is currently offering for teachers, including some lesson plans. Click on Events for a listing of lectures, classes, and workshops and special events. An additional feature of the Detroit Institute of the Arts is the Detroit Film Theatre, which showcases contemporary and classic cinema.
Education at the Getty
Teaching and learning are essential parts of the Getty’s mission, and a wide variety of education activities and resources are supported through the Museum Research Institute and Conservation Institute, and through grants or other cooperative projects. The Getty encourages teachers to think of the Museum and its collections as a resource for developing their skills and making learning more fun and interesting for their students. The Museum offers services for teachers that are intended to help them enrich their instruction in a variety of discipline areas. Information is also provided on programs for families and college students and their instructors.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
75,000 images (more than half the museum’s collections) are housed in the thinker database, providing in-depth information for over 12,000 artists. Works from the Americas, Africa, and Oceania are featured in the De Young collection. The Legion of Honor collection features Japanese prints, European art, ancient artifacts, and sculpture. The art can be accessed by alpha search, or searched by artist, country, period, or keyword. An impressive zoom technology enlarges the works up to 24 inches across, to view the works in great detail. Over 77 works by Rodin, and over 167 by Rembrandt. Information concerning internship programs are located by selecting the “Education” link and then the “College Students” link.
This museum site in Florence, Italy houses works by 13th-17th century artists such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Rembrandt, Durer, Rubens, and Botticelli. Unfortunately, only a small sampling of the museum collection is currently online, while the museum is in the process of updating the Web site. All works will ultimately be viewable. The site is easy to navigate, as the gallery is divided into rooms and the artists are listed alphabetically.
The Hermitage Museum, Russia
The Hermitage Museum in Russia has partnered with IBM to bring their collection to the Web. Over 2,000 images were chosen by the curators from over 3 million in the collection. The user can zoom in on many of the works and study the artist’s handiwork with great detail. The site is easy to navigate and the searchable database can be accessed by artist, period, country, genre, theme, or location of the works in the museum, making this a great research site for both teachers and students. The user can navigate the many rooms of the Hermitage and even get a 360-degree view of several rooms.
Indigo Arts Gallery
Indigo Arts Gallery provides the user with art, artifacts, and contemporary folk art from Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Masks, textiles, and dolls as well as paintings and sculptures can be viewed, along with a bio of the artist. This is a good site to get an overall “taste” (of Haitian, Oaxacan, South African, etc.) of the art wares of a particular geographic region.
Internet Art Resources
This is a very contemporary site, showcasing all styles and mediums. Constantly changing imagery enhances pages throughout; from individual artists to galleries and museums. The image catalog accesses almost 6,000 images in archives. The site includes reviews, critiques, and a forum for exchanges. Click on featured articles to view “The Artist’s Journey,” a series created to reveal the various paths taken by artists and the influences that allowed them to flourish.
J.Paul Getty Museum
This site is aesthetically appealing and easy to navigate. The collections can be searched by subject, type, or alphabetically by artist. Images are available in three viewable sizes with some offering x-ray views. The interactive video tour of current exhibits is visually engaging. A video gallery is also available. Visitors can use the site to help plan their actual museum visit. Many educational resources are available, including lesson plans and integration ideas. View these resources by clicking on the small white word “education” at the very bottom of home page. The Getty offers graduate and undergraduate internships at the Getty Center. In addition, the Getty supports internships at Los Angeles area museums and visual arts organizations. Look under About Us to access this information.
The Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room
The Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room is an excellent starting point when searching for collections of materials for the performing arts housed at the Library of Congress. The most extensive collections are in the area of music, with dance and theatre collections being less extensive. The music collection spans 800 years of western music history and has limited but excellent online images. A search of the collections can be conducted. Links are provided to information on public events, copyright office, foundations, and publications of the Library of Congress.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents an impressive database of the museum’s collections and calendar of exhibitions. Works displayed on the site are viewable in detail with a zoom feature. A valuable study resource for students, teachers, and scholars is the Timeline of Art History. Virtual reality tours are available of historical rooms from the American Wing in the category of Decorative Arts. The Met Libraries and Study Center are available to scholars and teachers. Teachers can register to receive notices of upcoming educational events. There is also a useful calendar of events as a link on the site. Museum internships are offered for upper-level college students and those in graduate programs. High school students can apply to the High School Apprentice Program to work behind the scenes in the museum.
Mural Gallery of John Whytock
This graphic-intensive site showcases the multifaceted talents of one of the West coast’s most successful, contemporary mural artists. John has over 100 murals in Las Vegas alone. Take a guided tour by the artist and learn some fun facts, or go to each casino to view the murals. Selections of John’s original music can be listened to while exploring the site, or check out his illustrated childrens book. An excellent resource for exploring a successful working artist today.
This easy to navigate museum site has visually stunning, beautifully lit, and photographed images of Rodin’s sculpture, which can be viewed in two sizes. “The Kiss” is exquisite. The collections are divided into eight sections: Sculpture, Sketches, Painter & Engraver, Collector, Archives, Photographs, Camille Claudel, and Meudon (a “studio collection” with variations and original models kept by the artist, tracing the progress of Rodin’s creative process). Rich with meaningful information and text, this site is a thorough representation of all aspects of Rodin’s life. French or English.
Museo Virtual de Artes el Pais – MUVA
The Virtual Museum of Art (MUVA) was created by a group of Uruguayan architects under the auspices of “El Pais.” This Spanish/English site was conceived as a dynamic, interactive museum bringing together the most renowned works of contemporary Uruguayan artists. MUVA itself is an award-winning viewer-friendly virtual architectural destination. Visitors travel via a virtual stairway or elevator, or by clicking on their destination. They can view private collections and biographies of the artists.
Museum of Modern Art New York
Unique and most intriguing is this site’s audio commentary that accompanies the six-to-eight samples from each collection, as well as the importance of most every piece. Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” Cezanne’s “The Bather,” Picasso, O’Keefe, Gauguin, Degas, and many others are represented in the six collections: Architecture & Drawing, Film & Media, Painting & Sculpture, Photography & Prints, and Illustrated Books. Go to site overview at the very bottom of the front page, then click on COLLECTIONS (picture) for most direct access.
Museum of Web Art
GREAT INTERACTIVE SITE! A must for any Web design classroom. Founded so that the excellence and innovation in the new electronic medium of Web design be made accessible and displayed in an environment suited to its content. So unique that it pushes the bounderies of familiarity. When starting to navigate, go to MAIN ENTRANCE, read “ASSISTANCE,” then take “GUIDED TOUR” to familiarize yourself with the five major galleries, eight exhibits, and kids’ wing. A fun place to explore, and wonderful resource for technology in the arts.
Museum of Art and History Santa Cruz-Community & Education
The Museum of Art and History (MAH) is a 501(c)(3) organization established in 1996 by merging the Art Museum of Santa Cruz County and the History Museum of Santa Cruz County. The Museum of Art and History develops active learning experiences, which influence and enhance student and community member lives through the exploration of cultural, artistic, and historical perspectives and interests of the diverse Monterey Bay community. The MAH Education portion of the Web site provides online information about many of the school and community programs.
National Arts and Disability Center
The National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is the national information dissemination, technical assistance, and referral center specializing in the field of arts and disability. The NADC is dedicated to promoting the full inclusion of children and adults with disabilities into the visual, performing, media, and literary arts communities. Its resource directories, annotated bibliographies, related links, and conferences serve to advance artists with disabilities and accessibility to the arts. The NADC is a project of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University Affiliated Program. A search feature is available under Resources Calendar of Events to access performance information.
National Gallery London
With over 2,300 paintings posted to the Web site, including all of the permanent collection, the National Gallery London houses some of the greatest and most famous collections of Western European Art. Every school of art is represented, from 1260 to 1900. Easy to navigate; search by time period, artist, or genre. Holbein, Michelangelo, Brueghel, Carreggio, Vermeer, Leonardo daVinci, Van Dyck, and many others are featured. The information provided in the text is informative and concise. The temporary exhibits have only a few images each as the Web site is devoted mainly to the permanent collection.
National Gallery of Art
Over 5,100 artworks and more than 11,500 related detail images, from the Middle Ages to the present, fill this outstanding, visually engaging site. The user can search the images by title, artist, genre, and period. The “Virtual Exhibitions” allow the viewer to walk from room to room in the gallery. There are in-depth Study Tours, some with audio to supplement the excellent written text. The main museum site is extensively linked to related materials and other museum sites. Works by Rembrandt, Raphael, Rubens, Vermeer, and Leonardo daVinci are featured at this site. Guides to the site are available in five languages. Select Education to learn about Professional Development Opportunities such as the Summer Teacher Institute. Information on Internships and Fellowships is also available under Education. A recent addition to the site is NGA Kids, providing information and resources geared to kids and families.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
The only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists, 16th century to the present. Rich information on the sociological role throughout history, as well as artist profiles and porfolios. Unique changing exhibits. Search by time period or specific artist.
Norton Simon Museum
Extraordinary in scope and quality, this remarkable collection of European, American, and Asian art is wonderfully organized by century, but can also be searched by artist, title, object type, culture, origin, or date. Click on education and find study guides which will help students understand thematically-grouped artworks in a larger context.
Professional Cartoonits Index
This award-winning site has the largest collection of newspaper editorial cartoons on the Web (from all over the world). An excellent resource for bringing current events into the classroom. Includes lessons that incorporate the cartoons for grades 3-12. Click on HOME PAGE to search for cartoons by category, current event, artist, or keyword.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum is best known for its collection of seventeenth century Dutch masters, with 20 Rembrandts and many other highlights of the period, including Vermeer. Art from the Middle Ages, the eighteenth and nineteenth century, and Asian art are also represented in its vast collection. One of the best Web sites worldwide offered by a real-life museum. Highly informative content and high resolution pictures. To access collections, from the English home page ( available in six languages), click on Collection, then 1,250 Major Exhibits. Texts, photos, video, and animation provide information on 1,200 of the top exhibits.
San Diego Museum of Art-Museum Art School
Museum Art School (MAS) programs are designed to support the diverse communities of San Diego by providing meaningful and personal connections with works of art and area artists. It is the mission of the Museum’s education department to reach out to the community and make the Museum accessible to anyone who wants to learn about its collections and to understand and participate in the creative process. Information is provided about adult and youth classes, family festivals, and community outreach programs, plus teacher resources. Users can also sign up to receive Muse-News, the Museum’s weekly e-gram, to get all the latest info on SDMA exhibitions, programs, classes, and more.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
The Web site for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art provides the user with a variety of information about the museum and museum programs. On the Web site is a calendar of exhibits and events, and information for planning a visit to the museum. Specific information about exhibits can be found under that heading, and samples from collections can be found under the collections heading. Clicking on the thumbnail pictures in the collection section will provide the user with more information about the particular piece of art. Select the education heading to learn more about programs available through the museum Education Department for teachers, students, and families. Also available under the education heading is a link to the museum’s e-school Web site and a link for Interactive Technology Programs. The Web site also includes an e-space specifically designed to explore art forms existing only in cyberspace.
Seattle Art Museum
This valuable, easy to navigate site is rich with teacher resources. Features online tours, video/audio (clips, lectures, interviews), lessons/units, and games and activities. A highlight is the Pacific N.W. Native Art Online Education Center (to reach it click on TEACHERS or PROJECTS on home page). Search over 12,000 images in the permanent collection or take the highlight tour with 53 images representing African, Asian, N.W. Native, Modern, and European art. For a direct link to over 60 lessons, type “lessons” in search box.
The Spanish Art portion of the Artchives Web site highlights eight Spanish artists (Picasso, Dali, El Greco, etc.) with biographical sketches and links to images of their artwork and books about them and their art. This site is a great overview of these artists and their art.
TRUE FRESCO .COM/contemporary fresco painting resource center
One of a kind site, with a collection of anything and everything about the art of modern fresco. Includes the history, the “how-to,” supplies, a fresco gallery, workshop information, and a fresco discussion forum. Wonderful resource for anyone considering creating a fresco, or just wanting information on the process.
Walker Art Center
This stunning Modern/Contempory Art Museum has many interesting “rooms” and gallerys. An interesting collection of “Web-based art” called Gallery 9 can only be viewed in cyberspace. Artists such as Chuck Close, Marchel Duchamp, Jasper Johns, and Barnett Newman are featured. Navigation of the site can be tricky and some of the collections may not be suited to younger viewers, so it is best that you check out the site before turning it over to the students.
Whitney Museum of American Art
Housing one of the foremost collections of twentieth and twenty-first century American art, the Whitney site features a permanent collection including artists such as Edward Hopper and Louise Nevelson. Some have online audio tours and slide shows. Temporary exhibits have featured such artists as Grant Wood, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Paul Pfeiffer, and Jacob Lawrence. Past exhibits are archived for those who missed the original showing. Click on research to search over 37,000 books and exhibition catalogs in the library. Employment and summer internship positions are offered for college juniors and seniors. Click on information to access the summer internship program.