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art historyVisual arts affect almost all of our experiences on a daily basis. It influences the photographs we see in magazines, the ads on billboards, the colors of the latest trend in fashion, the designs of the buildings that surround us and even labels in the products we buy. Art can empower revolutions, like the famous image of Che Guevara. It can symbolize an era, like Andy Warhol’s painting of Marilyn Monroe or the Mona Lisa.

It can even serve as an urban means of expression, like graffiti art. So why not learn more about the styles and history of what inspires so much of a world today? And with some of the sites below, you don’t even need to go to art school to learn about art.

Explore and Learn – MET

Explore and Learn was developed as the educational part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and has an ever changing and large source of materials. A lot of what is available draws its inspiration, logically, from the particular exhibitions they are featuring that season. The advantage of that ever-changing collection is that new materials get added often and full educational materials are created to support teachers and professors who visit the museum.

A lot of what is available is made of interactive Flash presentation of particular artists, themes, cultures, and even artists and includes materials especially for kids.

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Another amazingly helpful section of the site is the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History which is almost a whole site in itself. It features a world map which allows you to search by areas, specific categories divided by time periods, and an extensive search engine of thematic essays as well as a search engine for artist, work title, materials and techniques among others, which brings up an awe-inspiring list of results.

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Art History Resources On The Web

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Maintained by Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe, an art history professor since 1995 and still updated today, this site is mostly a collection of links to various art topics, but what differentiates it from the other link resource sites, is the level of organization and absolutely astounding number of links relating to art history. Listing everything from pre-historic art, traveling through the whole world and into modern times, the site lists everything in the most detailed sub-categories, making delving into a topic and gaining a lot of information on it before moving on to the next topic a very simple process.

There are very few aspects of art history that cannot be found with a few clicks. The look of the website is not appealing to the eyes, but I guess it takes a professor to figure out how to create a site that is conducive to learning, even if he is not a graphic designer.

MOMA – Online Activities

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If modern art is what you would like to learn about, the Museum of Modern Art has a very interesting educational website which features audio, video, online projects, interviews and materials for parents and educators. Because it is modern art, a lot of the resources foster experimentation and the Red Studio section of the site includes projects on how to write your own Dadaist poem, how to make a Photogram and even a sketch character contest. The site also links to specific sites of artists currently in exhibition and includes a lot of the original videos currently used at the museum.

It is an affordable way to see some of MOMA without having to come to New York, or for New Yorkers like me, it’s a good way to prepare to visit an exhibition, by learning more about it before you even make it there.

What each and everyone of us considers art is immeasurable, but one can always take advantage of the free resources we have today to learn more about the masters who influenced so much of our world, so explore and tell us about it.

What other art sites do you use to learn about art? How do you find new exciting art works? Do you know any other educational art resources you’d like to share with us?

  1. Jhanay
    February 6, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Another great website is artips.co they have free interesting art history newletters delivered to you weekly!

  2. Little Art Talks
    December 22, 2014 at 5:54 am

    I am actually making a youtube channel dedicated to teaching people about art and art history! Here is a playlist of all my videos so far if you are interested.
    http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5P9k3ykmuk5Aqi3CcoAEyeC0uOzxq-RQ

  3. hcharping
    September 11, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    In the title, they are saying that the website is "great" which is a positive thing. They are talking about how art empowers, inspires you, and the advantages of art.

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