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ART 368 Explorations in Watercolor: Home

Helpful resources in your exploration of concepts, materials, and techniques involved in creating watercolor paintings.

On Location

Thomas Pollock Anshutz, Woman on Beach

Thomas Pollock Anshutz, American, 1851 - 1912. n.d.. Woman on Beach. Works on Paper. Place: Yale University Art Gallery, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs,

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

You can search ARTstor by the name of an art work, by geography, by classification (for example, Drawings and watercolors), or by collection (for example, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco).  

Helpful videos on using ARTstor can be found on YouTube

Art Databases


Schiel, Egon. Seated Woman, Back View. 1917. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Web 10 Oct. 2013.

Online Books

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:

Search eBooks in Libraries Worldwide

Exhibition Catalogs in the Library

Search the library catalog using subject headings such as these to discover exhibition catalogs:

  • [artist's name], eg. Rockburne, Dorothea | Yarde, Richard --
    Exhibitions | Criticism and Interpretation | Catalogs | Interviews
  • "Art, Modern -- 20th century | 21st centur"
  • "Painting, Modern -- 20th century"
  • Watercolor Painting -- 20th century

Finding Information on Artists

For background information, start with  Grove Art Online which covers all aspects of Western and non-Western visual art. It includes the full text of The Dictionary of Art, edited by Jane Turner (1996, 34 volumes) – the landmark reference work containing more than 45,000 articles (more than 21,000 biographies and 500,000 bibliographical citations) contributed by 6,700 scholars from 120 countries..  Both the 'Guided Tour' and 'Tips for Users' (available from the Home page) provide useful information on searching Grove/Oxford Art Online.

Bibliographies located in books or at the end of journal articles can be very helpful.  To learn if Pepperdine has access to a particular journal, search for the name of the journal in the library catalog.

Locate artists' works on the Internet using a search engine such as Google, or visit a site that collects information aoubt works from over 180,000 artists:

Artsy, a resource for collection and education, aims to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.

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

Specialized Online Encyclopedias

Useful General Databases

These online sources contain some art related articles


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