For this month's edition of the Internet Gazette, I'm going to put the spotlight on websites that might be of interest to anyone who loves the arts.
Google's Art Project is one of my absolute favorite websites that nobody seems to know exists. What Google did was quite incredible - this site allows you to take a virtual tour of several museums from around the world. The most impressive part of this is that they have super high quality scans of hundreds of works of art, allowing you to zoom in until you see every tiny brush stroke and crack in the canvas. Try it out with Seurat's painting A Sunday on la Grande Jette - you can see all the individual little dots that make up this pointillist masterpiece! Now, just because a museum isn't listed on this website doesn't mean that it doesn't have an online presence. In fact, just about every museum these days allows you to plan your trip and view part of their collections online, like the MoMA, the Met, the Guggenheim, and the American Museum of Folk Art to name a few.
While we're on the topic of museums, were you aware of the Museum Pass Program that is available to our patrons? We offer free passes to several popular museums. The FAQ will answer any questions you may have about the program, and you can even reserve passes online!
Blouin Artinfo is a fantastic page for news and interviews pertaining to visual arts, performing arts, architecture, and design. ArtsJournal is another terrific resource that complies news from blogs, newspapers, and magazines.
ArtBabble is a very unique video-based website devoted to discussions and information about paintings, movements, themes, museums, and other art-related activities. This site has been referred to as "the YouTube of the arts," and the content makes great supplemental material for educators.
Those of you with a special interest in architecture should pay a visit to ArchDaily, which is "the world's most visited architecture website."
It's never too late to learn a new artistic craft! The Art League of Long Island offers classes for people of all ages on everything from ceramics to watercolors. Now, if you're looking for free lessons, there are countless websites out there to help you out. For example, if you wanted to brush up on your Photoshop skills, check out Photoshop Tutorials, or PhotoshopEssentials.com. Tumblr's Art Tutorials features tons of lessons in various mediums that were created by users of the site, and Pinterest's Amazing Art Tutorials, compiles lessons from all over the Web. Last but not least, I always recommend checking out YouTube for video tutorials on virtually anything you can think of.
Understanding how color works is crucial to any artist, and Color Matters, is a site that is entirely devoted to color and its application in art and our daily lives. I personally was quite fascinated by their article on "Color Branding and Trademark Rights," and they've got equally informative articles on how color affects smell, taste, and even your mood!
You've got several options if you want to share your artwork online. Flickr is a website that specializes in photographs. Imgur is a very popular image hosting website which has nearly 2 million pictures uploaded on a daily basis. Etsy is a site that allows you to buy and sell all sorts of arts and crafts. If you want to make an online art portfolio, you can try Crevado or deviantART.
Photography is a wonderful hobby, and you don't need to be an expert to take great photos. Digital Photography School, Cambridge in Colour, and Camera Dojo have articles, reviews, and advice that should all come in handy regardless of how experienced you are behind the lens.
If it's film, television, and the performance arts that you're into, then you need to check out the Internet Movie Database. Here, you'll find movie reviews, box office information, biographies, trivia, episode guides to your favorite shows, and so much more! Also, you might want to consider paying a visit to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens. They have plenty of famous props, hands-on interactive displays, and even occasional movie screenings! They just started a exhibit on animator Chuck Jones that I'm dying to check out! Speaking of animation, Cartoon Brew and Animation World News are essential websites to keep abreast of all the latest gossip and developments in the animation community (just be aware that these websites are geared towards older readers). If you're more interested in learning how to animate, there are plenty of blogs and resources to help you out, such as Animation Physics.