Fantastic free art resources that you can use for homeschooling along with how to use the Charlotte Mason method to study famous artists so your child can experience the joy of art.
This is fabulous for homeschoolers.
You can now download any of these images free for use in:
New York City’s world famous Metropilitan Museum of Art has announced that 406,000 of its pieces have been placed in the public domain and are now available without restrictions.
To identify these images, look for the Open Access icon at the lower left of the image, highlighted in this masterpiece by Bruegel:
Their Open Access policy lets you use their images and use them for “any purpose, including commercial and noncommercial use, free of charge and without requiring permission from the Museum.”
I've tried to make it easy for you to identify the Open Access images by clicking this link to their Art Collection which has Open Access already ticked in the Show Only box.
The exciting thing is you'll be able to find a mind boggling range of movements, styles, and mediums, including my favorite painting by Hokusai.
You also get to to be able to use some fantastic and unusual art objects, like this wonderful 14th-15th century Ganesha from India.
And this evening dress which gives an insight into the art of fashion 1873-style!
Here's Beth to explain how she teaches her homeschool son how to study the work of famous artists.
"We use the Charlotte Mason method for studying artists. It's pretty simple really and only takes a few minutes.
~ Beth, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group
And it's not just pictures you can view.
There are also some great virtual tours.
I think you might especially enjoy this tour of Claude Monet's house.
And here's a list of 12 famous museums from around the world that offer free art resources in the form of virtual tours.
It's not only the Metropolitan Museum that's helping with free art resources.
Paris museums put 150,000 images online for unrestricted public use.
You can get free public domain images from 14 French museums, including the Musée d’Art Moderne and the Petit Palais.
A good way to find paintings is to put the name of the artist like Paul Cézanne in the search box.
The search tool is a bit annoying as it comes up with lots of blank boxes, so to make it easier you might like to put in the names of some famous artists like:
There are also many photographs you can download.
Check out this page on homeschool art projects to see how you can use these wonderful free art resources to inspire your child.
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