Art Appreciation and Techniques/Course guide/Links to art resources

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Many learning activities and assignments in this course ask you to visit various websites, including artist home pages and online galleries. You will find links to these resources throughout the course. To support your coursework, use these links and others you find on your own, and do some research locally. For example, in your community, you can visit a gallery, go to an exhibition, and/or attend an art opening.

To incorporate images in your assignments, please check the associated rights on the website or web page where you located the image. Also, you may want to find out the rules, where you live, regarding copyright of materials used for private research and study. A local public, school, or university librarian may be able to assist you with your questions about copyright and whether you can reuse, in your own work, the images you find online.

Suggestions for new resources that broaden the scope and cultural content of the links are especially welcome. You can contact the course redevelopment team at Thompson Rivers University, Open Learning, by writing your suggestions on the discussion for this page.


Images available under Creative Commons

Web Comics

General collections

  • Google images: A comprehensive search engine for images
  • Artcyclopedia: Good general art site, with mostly image links to museums


  • African Art: Death and Rebirth: Sculpture images and text describing ritual beliefs from African cultures; includes themes other than African
  • Art of Burkina Faso Africa: Information and links to images of unique African masks, costumes, and decorations from tribes in the Burkina Faso region of Africa


Art History

  • Bradshaw Foundation: Excellent source for images and information on prehistoric rock art, Cycladic figures, the Pyramids, ancient temples, and geometric signs
  • Art History Links: An amazing collection of links specific to sites related to the practice of art history; many contain written, not visual, information
  • Web Gallery of Art: Good reference for lots of art history images
  • Smarthistory: A free and open, not-for-profit, art history textbook that uses multimedia to deliver unscripted conversations between art historians about the history of art
  • The Art Story: Movements, artists, theory, and the progression of art history


  • Book of the Dead: Literature and artwork on prayer, ritual, and meditation from the religious traditions of Tibet, India, and Nepal, from the Special Collections Department at the University of Virginia Library.


  • ART 21: Includes interviews with major contemporary artists, studio visits and explanations of their work.
  • Mark Hardin's Artchive: Great link with alphabetical listing of artists, mostly contemporary and historical European.
  • Saatchi Gallery, London: Cutting edge contemporary art, plus a site where any artist can post their work.
  • The Starn Studio: Website of contemporary American artists Mike and Doug Starn. Photographs and installations.
  • The Berardo Collection: Extensive collection of modern and contemporary art.


Islamic Art

Library databases

For access to these sites, please check with your campus library or public library

  • ARTstor: Nearly one million images here.
  • CAMIO: 95,000 images of all kinds.
  • JStor: Includes more than a thousand academic journals and over 1 million images, letters, and other primary sources, a trusted source for academic content.

Middle East

  • Modern Architecture in the Middle East: “Two Cities, Four Architects” offers four short interviews with contemporary architects working on building projects in Doha and Abu Dhabi in the Middle East. From the New York Times webpage.

North America