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ART 390 Junior Interdisciplinary Studio: Research, Practice, Methods (Batcheller)

Library resources for researching art topics

ARTstor Images

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

NOTE: ARTstor is being incorporated into JSTOR

Browse the Book Collection

Locate books by general call number.  Remember there are three collections of books in Payson Library:  Main Collection, Oversize, and the Starr Collection (this collection must be used in the library)

BH - Aesthetics

DT 56.8-DT 63.5 Ancient Egyptian art (also N 5350)

E 59.A7 - Pre-Columbian art

E 98 - Native American art

N - Visual Art

NA - Architecture

NB -Sculpture

NC - Drawing, Design, Illustration

ND - Painting

NE - Print media

NK - Decorative arts

NX - Arts in general

Online Books

You can search the catalog by the phrase drawing or sketching to find books on technique and then filter by checking ebook to find online books.  You can also find books on many well-known artists by searching their names and filtering by ebook.  Or, you can search directly in collections of online books such as these:

Online Journals

ARTnews (available on Flipster) reports on the art, personalities, issues, trends and events shaping the international art world.

Locating Articles

Useful Online Sources

Artsy, a resource for collection and education, aims to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection., a site that collects information about works from over 180,000 artists

e-flux, a publishing platform and archive, artist project, curatorial platform, and enterprise; includes e-flux journala monthly art  publication featuring essays and contributions by some of the most engaged artists and thinkers working today.

Suggestions for Creating a Portfolio

  • Photographing Your Artwork
    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.
  • Documenting Your Work - Emerging Artist Guide
    Images of your work are what get people interested in what you are doing. Because of this, documenting your work properly is one of the most important investments you can make as an artist and entrepreneur.

  • Tma portfolio preparation
    Slideshow on artist portfolio preparation

  • National Portfolio Day
    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.