Monday, September 19, 2016

Artstor LibGuides

Over the summer Artstor released new LibGuides to help students, faculty, and librarians with using the ArtStor Digital Library.

The Librarian’s Guide shows administrators how to get started helping faculty and students to use the Artstor Digital Library, and also provides in-depth information about our metadata, promoting Artstor on campus, and accessing administration and statistics sites. It also includes long and short presentations that you may use "out of the box" or modify to meet your training needs!
The Instructor’s Guide covers everything you need to know about presenting and teaching with the Artstor Digital Library. Also included are tips for faculty looking to support their students’ research habits and in-resource tools like the citation generator and image download features.

And the general User Guide – aimed at all users from students to instructors – shows how to discover and use the core functionalities of the Artstor Digital Library that will help them the most in their research: searching, downloading, citing, and presenting.

The LibGuides are available at

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Balboa Commons

  The online Balboa Park Commons is open to the public.

The web-based resource developed by the Balboa Park Online Collaborative with funding from the Legler Benbough Foundation and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services includes more than 20,000 “rare and significant” materials from seven Balboa Park institutions.

The website has a video to explain how to use the Balboa Commons

According to an article in the Union Tribune the website should be particularly useful for educators, scholars and researchers (representatives from each group were involved in the development of the website). It allows registered users to download images for classroom or other educational, noncommercial use. But the site should also appeal to just about anyone who is curious.

The institutions currently included on the site are:
Mingei International Museum
the Museum of Photographic Arts
the Timken, the San Diego Museum of Art
Air &Space Museum
Museum of Man and the
Natural History Museum. 

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Bauhaus Special Collection images available online

Home to one of the first and largest collections devoted to the Bauhaus, Harvard Art Museums now has a new, online resource that makes it easier to navigate these holdings. Over 32,000 Bauhaus-related objects of a variety of media are now easily searchable through the Bauhaus Special Collection by keyword, title, artist, medium, date, and theme.

 The Harvard Art Museums hold one of the first and largest collections relating to the Bauhaus, the 20th century’s most influential school of art and design. Active during the years of Germany’s Weimar Republic (1919–33), the Bauhaus aimed to unite artists, architects, and craftsmen in the utopian project of designing a new world

23 Undeniable Struggles Only Art Students Will Understand

According to Katie Corvino from BuzzFeed Staff these are some struggles art students are all too familiar with including the time, dangers involved, sleep deprivation, variety of materials and more!

LET'S NOT EVEN BRING UP SMUDGING. Screw you, charcoal.
CC / Flickr / Via Flickr: hydra-arts

To see all 23 reasons check out the article

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Corning Museum of Glass

The Museum's Glass Collection showcases more than 35 centuries of glass artistry. Their website features an extensive searchable collection with categories such as beads, science and technology, modern, and ancient.
Furthermore the library website hosts a collection of its own and collections of videos, audio, and virtual books and is a great resource for exploring more about glass.

For those of us who love looking at old pyrex patterns there is a great online collection

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

UK Affirms that Photographs of Public Domain Art Are Fair Use

A recent article by Allison Meier talks about the decision as to whether high quality photographs of artwork in the public domain can and should be considered fair use.  Here is a link to the article:

Lorenzo Lotto, "Portrait of a Woman inspired by Lucretia" (16th century), oil on canvas. (via National Gallery/Wikimedia). The image on Wikimedia through the Google Cultural Institute is one of the high resolution images of public domain art protected against new copyright.

 Lorenzo Lotto, “Portrait of a Woman inspired by Lucretia” (16th century), oil on canvas. (via National Gallery/Wikimedia). The image on Wikimedia through the Google Cultural Institute is one of the high resolution images of public domain art protected against new copyright.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

ArtSleuth Video Series

ArtSleuth is an original ten-episode video series (10 x 12 min) based on the Gigapixels and a very large set of image comparisons. Scripted like a detective inquiry, it shows that there is more than one expects in the pictures. It encourages the audience not simply to admire artworks, but to watch them more closely and to think critically about them. It is produced by Canal Educatif, whose mission is to produce high-quality educational content.
Each video only around 12-16 minutes long

ArtSleuth 1: VAN GOGH - The Starry Night (final version) - MOMA
ArtSleuth 2: MANET - In the Conservatory (final version) - Berlin
ArtSleuth 3: BOTTICELLI: The Birth of Venus (final version) - Uffizi Gallery
ArtSleuth 4: VIGÉE-LEBRUN: Marie-Antoinette and her Children - Palace of Versailles
ArtSleuth 5: REMBRANDT - The Prodigal Son (final version) - St-Petersburg
ArtSleuth 6: HOLBEIN - The Ambassadors (final version) - National Gallery London
ArtSleuth 7: BELLINI: St Francis in the Desert (final version) - New York
ArtSleuth 8: CARPACCIO: Young Knight in a Landscape (final version) - Thyssen Madrid
ArtSleuth 9: HOLBEIN: The Merchant Georg Gisze (final version) - Berlin
·ArtSleuth 10: BRUEGEL - The Harvesters (Metropolitan Museum New York)
 ArtSleuth videos Explore the details of the painting here:

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Metropolitan Museum Initiative Provides Free Access to 400,000 Digital Images

More than 400,000 high-resolution digital images of public domain works in the Museum’s world-renowned collection may be downloaded directly from the Museum’s website for non-commercial use—including in scholarly publications in any media—without permission from the Museum and without a fee. The number of available images will increase as new digital files are added on a regular basis. 

In making the announcement, Mr. Campbell said: “Through this new, open-access policy, we join a growing number of museums that provide free access to images of art in the public domain. I am delighted that digital technology can open the doors to this trove of images from our encyclopedic collection.” 

Additional information and instructions on OASC can be found on the Museum’s website at

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Beginners Photoshop Tutorial

 The online magazine PetaPixel has posted a link to the Adobe Photoshop tutorial produced by Adobe Creative Cloud TV. The link to the video is below:

The 45 minute tutorial explains common actions beginning users would like to accomplish like:
  1. How to remove blemishes or ‘touch up’ a portrait (using the Spot Healing Tool)
  2. Working with Layers and Adjustment Layers
  3. Working with Masks
  4. How to Crop
  5. How to adjust exposure and fix colour-cast problems (using the Camera RAW filter)
  6. How to remove an object from a photo (using Content Aware Fill)
  7. How to move an object in a photo (using Content Aware Move) and duplicate/transform content
  8. How to remove a subject from a photo and place it on a new background (using Smart Select and Refine Edge)
  9. How to add text
  10. How to save your photos in both editable and sharable format

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Soo Sunny Park’s installation Unwoven Light

Soo Sunny Park: Unwoven Light from Walley Films on Vimeo.

Soo Sunny Park’s installation Unwoven Light animates Rice Gallery’s expansive space, transforming it into a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color. Suspended from the walls and ceiling, thirty-seven individually sculpted units are arranged as a graceful, twisting flow of abstract form. On view April 11 - August 30, 2013. Original score by Mark Walley. Learn more about the exhibition at Learn more about the filmmakers at

Monday, October 28, 2013

art21, Artist to Artist Shahzia Sikander at the 11th and 13th Istanbul Biennial

art21, Artist to Artist

Shahzia Sikander specializes in Indian and Persian miniature painting, a traditional style that is both highly stylized and disciplined. She blends the Eastern focus on precision and methodology with a Western emphasis on creative, subjective expression. Raised as a Muslim, Sikander is also interested in exploring both sides of the Hindu and Muslim “border,” often combining imagery from both in a single artwork, be it a painting, mural, photograph, animation, or performance. At both Sharjah Biennial 11 and the 13th Istanbul Biennial, Sikander exhibited three-channel animations that incorporated local poetry and engaged each city’s geographical location and social history. Sikander is also featured in Season 1 of Art21s film series Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Artist Pronunciation Guide

Here is a link to a website with a pronunciation guide for artists names.  There are about 100 names and a volume two is also available.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Glassmakers Of Herat

I first saw this film about 25 years ago. It shows how the Afghans go out into the field for their materials to make glass.

Published on Sep 21, 2012
In 1968, a one room working glass factory with a mud-brick furnace was discovered in Western Afghanistan. This factory is owned by cousins, Saifullah and Saidullah. Glassmaking has been a family tradition for over 200 years, and continues to be done in the same manner as described in seventh-century Assyrian cuneiform tablets. This method uses white quartz stones and ishgar (plant ash), which are combined in a wood-burning furnace to produce hand-blown glass. In the fall of 1977, Robert H. Brill, Frederick R. Matson, Latif Abdul Majoob, and Abdul Satar Popal led an expedition to Herat to witness the glassmaking activities.

Filmed in Herat, Afghanistan, in the fall of 1977.

Stephen Bennett, Portrait Artist: Australian Painted Portrait Film

My name is Stephen Bennett and I am a portrait painter. I travel around the world painting portraits of indigenous and endemic peoples. My mission is to use my portraits to educate others about Indigenous culture. The world's indigenous and endemic peoples live in the most diverse, colorful and fantastic ways. I want to help empower these peoples to continue and preserve their traditional ways of life. This documentary (full version) captures parts of my journey that led me to the people who became the subjects in my paintings. These are the people and locations that inspire my work. Let's go down under.

Excerpt from Stephens Journal:

Before or group could enter the little community on Bawaka beach, our host Wessely blessed us. I had chills as he waved a sacred wooden stick over me, speaking soft words to the spirits as I knelt in the sand. The Yirkalla area is the place where, according to Yolugu law, the Didgeridoo came into being. In Yolugu language the didgeridoo is called the Yidaki. While in Yirkalla I met the traditional caretaker of the Yidaki and his name is Djalu Gurruwiwi. He is the most sought after Didgeridoo maker in the world. I spent time with him and his family at their house on Ski Beach. He had a stream of international visitors while I was there and after a bit of wheeling and dealing sold me one of his famous musical works of art. I have since then painted his portrait in all the colors that I recalled from the sunrises and sunsets while camping next to his beach home."

Friday, September 27, 2013

Venice Canal Sketch - Pen and Wash

Allan Kirk Pen & Wash in Venice.  

Step by step instructions available to accompany this video. Visit
"The pen is a Rotring Artpen - extra fine nib, the brush is a Pentel Aquabrush and the music is Mozart's Marriage of Figaro."