Art Inspiration

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I find that checking out online art gets my creative juices flowing. Sort of like stretching before working out, it gets my mind to that special creative place. Plus, it gives me bits and pieces of ideas that can make my creations better. Here’s some great websites for exploring art online. Check them out next time you need to get your brain working on your next big creation.

Mapping Gothic France
This website a gorgeous inspiration resource for your gothic creations. You can explore Gothic buildings in France via a timeline, their location, or by way of educational narratives.
With a database of images, texts, charts and historical maps, Mapping Gothic France invites you to explore the parallel stories of Gothic architecture and the formation of France in the 12th and 13th centuries

Google Art Project
An online art museum from the Google Cultural Institute that you can explore by way of collections, artists, artworks, or galleries.
Discover artworks, collections and stories from all around the world in a new way. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail and easily share with your friends.

Art Museum Teaching
Interesting articles on art related subjects.
ArtMuseumTeaching.com is a digital community and collaborative online forum for reflecting on issues of teaching, learning, and experimental practice in the field of art museum education.

Art History Course at Kahn Academy
A great course at a free educational site (called MOOCs, if you are interested in finding more free classes).

Wikipedia Commons
A good source of copyright free images, including art.
a database of 27,335,378 freely usable media files to which anyone can contribute

TTV: Google Images
A thorough tutorial on using Google to find images.
A lot of people don’t know how to do advanced searches on Google images but these videos show you how to search for certain size pictures, certain colours and even certain types of images. So for example you can look for drawings or clip art. There are some special settings in advanced searches that allow you to look for certain licenses including copyright free and images that you can use commercially. A really quick and useful set of videos that will help any teacher.

Art Babble
Videos on art, art styles, and artists from around the world.
ArtBabble is a website that showcases high quality art-related video content from more than 50 cultural institutions from around the world. ArtBabble is an energetic place to learn for everybody who loves and has an interest in art and particularly for educators who can use it as a way to support their classroom activities. ArtBabble brings art content from different places and perspectives together, easily accessed and found. Created in 2009, the website was conceived, designed, programmed, and launched by a cross-departmental collection of individuals at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

The Art Assignment YouTube Channel
A stimulating art channel from PBS that will have your mind drifting to your next project in no time.

And, last but not least, is DeviantArt for you folks who are not already aware of this creative art community.
Founded in August 2000, DeviantArt is the largest online social network for artists and art enthusiasts, and a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit, promote, and share their works with an enthusiastic, art-centric community. We have over 35 million registered members and attract over 65 million unique visitors per month. Our members โ€” knowns as deviants โ€” upload over 160,000 original art works every day, everything from painting and sculpture to digital art, pixel art, films, and anime.

Remona Stormborn

Co-Owner of Gaia Foundation in the Great Canadian Grid. Owner of the Builders Resource Center, Rose City Design, & IDEA! in the Great Canadian Grid & InWorldz.

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