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ART 368 Explorations in Watercolor (Heidelberg): Home
Useful resources for exploring watercolor painting
Find images for your presentation or paper in the database, ARTstor. Log on to ARTstor, create a personal account and create an image group. Then view information on how to Export to Power Point. Use the Advanced Search to search ARTstor by the name of an art work or artist, by geography, by classification (for example, Drawings and watercolors), or by collection (for example, Beyond the Taj).
Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on YouTube
You can search the catalog by the phrase watercolor or watercolour to find books on technique and then filter by checking ebook to find online books. You can also find books on many well-known watercolor artists by searching their names and filtering by ebook. Or, you can search directly in collections of online books such as these:
The Virtual Library includes titles published by the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Research Institute.The publications span the Getty’s publishing history, and include collection catalogues that highlight masterpieces from Getty collections, translations of texts on the visual arts, essential works of art historical research, exhibition catalogues, journals, and publications that serve as key resources in the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.
Featuring full-text articles (from more than 300 journals), indexing and abstracting of an international array of publications, Art Full Text™ is a comprehensive resource covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as photography, folk art, film, architecture and much more.
Full-text articles from more than 300 periodicals dating back to 1995
High-quality indexing and abstracting of over 600 periodicals dating as far back as 1984, including 280 peer-reviewed journals
Indexing and abstracting of over 13,000 art dissertations
Indexing of nearly 200,000 art reproductions
A major reference work containing more than 45,000 articles, including more than 21,000 biographies
Also includes The Oxford Companion to Western Art, edited by Hugh Brigstocke (2001), The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms by Michael Clarke and Deborah Clarke, and Encyclopedia of Aesthetics edited by Michael Kelly (1998).
The hardest part of creating a portfolio can be to take good pictures of your work. This site has some tips about shooting your work and then goes over some Photoshop methods of cleaning up the images.
Sometimes the biggest favor you can do for yourself is get a professional to look over your portfolio and tell you what they think. National Portfolio Day exists for this exact purpose--you can meet with representatives from colleges (there are days for undergraduate and graduate students in art and architecture).
A Word to the Wise
The format, size, and style of your portfolio will probably depend greatly on where you're planning to submit it. Don't send the same CD-ROM to every place you apply whether it's an art school or a gallery. Even art schools all have different requirements for portfolios, so do your homework beforehand.