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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 range of perspectives used in art across the world 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.

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.

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/Khan Academy - Smarthistory is a free resource for the study of art history created by art historians Beth Harris and Steven Zucker. Smarthistory is an independent not-for-profit organization and the official partner to Khan Academy for art history.

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 global culture through the collection.

Art Genome Project - The Art Genome Project is the classification system and technological framework that powers Artsy. It maps the characteristics (called “genes”) that connect artists, artworks, architecture, and design objects across history. There are currently over 1,000 characteristics in The Art Genome Project, including art historical movements, subject matter, and formal qualities.

CNC routed vessels by Gareth Neal, 2009
College for Creative Studies website