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ART 491 Heidelberg Sketching (Heidelberg)

Resources of interest for student artists


View of the Rhine and Remagen from the North

Ernst Fries (German, Heidelberg 1801-1833 Karlsruhe). 1815-33. View of the Rhine and Remagen from the North (?). Drawings. Place: The Metropolitan Museum of Art,

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

Online Journals

Online Books

You can search the catalog by the phrase 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:

Art Databases

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.

  • 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.