Free Art Resources:
Museums Give Access
To Half A Million Famous Images
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:
- art studies
- graphic design
- as inspiration for homeschool art projects
Free Images From The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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!
Teaching Art Appreciation: The Charlotte Mason Method
Here's Beth to explain how she teaches her homeschool son how to study the work of famous artists.
use the Charlotte Mason method for studying artists. It's pretty simple
really and only takes a few minutes.
- Just pick one artist and stick with him/her for 12 weeks ( give
or take for us, that's not a hard and fast amount of time here). I start
with reading a short biography of the artists life, and usually his/
- Choose one painting. We look at it
together until we feel we have looked our fill, and we have "memorized"
the image. Take it away and then have the child describe it if you
like. I have a book that has a description of each painting we use,
with facts like where, when, etc, so I read that aloud on the first day.
- Hang it somewhere obvious in your home, somewhere where you are
sure to see it in passing. Leave that one there for a week.
- At some
point everyday ask your child to look at it. My series of questions goes
like this: What do see that you haven't noticed before? Who is the
artist? What year was this painted? What medium was used? Who are the
subjects in the painting? If not known, who do you think they might be?
Why do you think the artist painted this scene? Where is the setting?
Where is this piece now? How big is it in real life? What technique was
used here? (Impressionism, etc.) I always try to include: Do you like it? Would
you possibly hang it in your home?
important not to make the questions feel quiz-like, but more
like a conversation. If your child doesn't know, tell them right away, or look it
up together, and then ask again the next day.
- Every day I definitely make sure to ask: "What have you not yet noticed?" There's always, always something."
~ Beth, Courageous Homeschooling Facebook group
Virtual Tour of Claude Monet's House
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.
Free Art Resources From Paris Museums
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:
- Claude Monet
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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