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Foundation: Internet Resources

Instructional Websites

2D Design Basics - From the American Institute of Graphic Arts, this document provides an introduction to 2D design, covering points, lines, and planes; color; and Gestalt theory and shape, balance, rhythm, and unity.

The History of Perspective - Covering the perspectives used in art globally throughout time, this resource from The Essential Vermeer provides definitions (click on underlined words) and context for perspective and its components.

Creative Cloud Tutorials - These videos from Adobe provide instruction on the various Creative Cloud apps; topics range from editing videos to graphic design skills and more.

Glossary of Art Terms - From the Cleveland Institute of Art, this handout provides a high-level overview of concepts such as rhythm, symmetry, and value.

Visual Inspiration & Art History

Google Arts & Culture - Google Arts & Culture puts the treasures, stories, and knowledge of cultural institutions from 80 countries at your fingertips. 

Smarthistory - This site, partner to Khan Academy, provides access to information on all aspects of art and art history, including techniques, historical movements, individual artworks, and more.

Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies and tells the story of art and culture through the collection.

Art Genome Project - The Art Genome Project maps the characteristics (called “genes”) that connect artists, artworks, architecture, and design objects across history. Genes include art historical movements, subject matter, formal qualities, and more.

Materiality & Media - This exhibition by Modern Art Oxford on Google Arts & Culture looks at how contemporary artists use materials and media in their work.

Internet Sites: Consider the Source

The internet provides open access to a tremendous amount of information, including peer reviewed, scholarly material. However, be mindful of your sources. Consider the following:

Authority - Who is the author? What is their point of view?

Purpose - Why was the source created? 

Publication & Format - Where was it published? 

Relevance - How is it relevant to your research? 

Date of Publication - When was it written? 

Documentation - Did they cite their sources? 

Information from University of California Berkeley Library's "Evaluating Resources" guide.

Rachel de Joode, Soft Inquiry X, 2015
College for Creative Studies website