Tuesday, February 7, 2017

375,000 public domain images now available

The Met and ArtStor have announced the Met is sharing open content for 375,000 images of public domain works in the ArtStor database.

Users can choose a theme or a subject in art history and gather a sampling across cultures. In portraiture, a line can be drawn from antiquity through today, and illustrated with highlights
Other advantages to the digital collection include thousands of fragile drawings and manuscripts that have been restricted or unavailable are now exposed to scholars and students. In addition, detail and alternate views present objects in their entirety, including surfaces and features that are hidden in a conventional exhibition context. The images can be viewed when you are logged in to ArtStor.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

British Library offers over 1 million free vintage images for download

If you need some vintage visual inspiration – or a real antique elements for an illustration, design or motion project – check out the British Library's collection of over a million copyright-free images that essentially you can do whatever you like with. The centuries-old copyright-free images range from book illustrations to photos, and cover everything from flowers to cycling and children's books to maps.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

National Portfolio Day

Sun, Oct 23: San Diego, California Westin San Diego 400 West Broadway San Diego, CA 92101 Hosted by: Laguna College of Art + Design
Time: 12:00pm- 4:00pm

 National Portfolio Day is an event specifically for visual artists and designers. It is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

 National Portfolio Day serves a variety of purposes. Most importantly, it is designed to help further the artistic development of young artists by bringing together experienced college representatives to review artwork and offer feedback. National Portfolio Days are also about the exchange of information about your work, yourself, your college plans, and your concerns.

 For more information visit their website

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

MoMA Releases Digital Archive of over 30,000 Exhibition Images

The Museum of Modern Art has announced that it has released an extensive digital archive that chronicles its exhibitions from when the museum opened its doors in 1929 to today.
The archive currently features 3,542 exhibitions and is continually being updated. More than 33,000 installation photographs as well as  documents such as press releases, checklists, catalogues, and artist lists are available for viewing. There are many different ways to search the archive such as by exhibition name, dates, and type.

You can access the archive at  http://moma.org/calendar/exhibitions/history

Below is a screenshot of the archive

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive

The free Victorian Illustrated Shakespeare Archive is a database that features more than 3,000 digitized illustrations from four major UK editions of Shakespeare’s Complete Works, published in the mid-1800s.The creator Michael John Goodman is quoted by HyperAllergenic writers as saying "
I wanted to create a new kind of academic resource that could appeal just as much to Shakespeare scholars and Victorianists as to artists, makers, and creators" You can search the collection by character or play and it gives a sense of the importance of illustration in a time when film had not yet been created.

H. C. Selous, “Bottom and Titania,” from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”/The Plays of William Shakespeare, edited and Annotated by Charles and Mary Cowden Clarke, published 1864

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 www.artstor.libguides.com

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: http://hyperallergic.com/261496/uk-affirms-that-photographs-of-public-domain-art-are-fair-use/

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  http://www.artsleuth.net. 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 http://www.metmuseum.org/research/image-resources/frequently-asked-questions.

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 RiceGallery.org. Learn more about the filmmakers at WalleyFilms.com.