Resources for Artists on the Internet
There are some great resources for art online. Nowadays you can stroll around virtual galleries and view world famous pictures from the comfort of your arm chair. If you enjoy reading about art, then there’s many web sites like this to help provoke thought and point you towards the latest art news. If you want something more discussion based there are many great forums where artists and people can meet – if you want want to try based in the UK then try the Artists Forum.
Many of the non-profit making art websites and forums tend to look a little basic, but they’re often packed full of useful information and discussion about art. The best organised ones are split into different subject areas, which makes them easier to navigate. For example artist forum above has sections about digital and traditional media. These are then split down into drawing, painting and other art methods, then split again into specifics such as the medium. There’s some great tips on charcoal drawing in those forums for example.
But my favorite use of the internet is on a practical level. After all you can look at an image of a famous painting or drawing on a monitor but it’s never going to replace seeing the work of art in person. But for someone learning art what could be better – well how about this for an example.
For people learning art in colleges as students, of course pracical demonstrations are readily available. But for the rest of us with perhaps an interest in art and no mentor – <a href=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gihY_oL2iE”>videos like these</a> from the Pain Basket TV are invaluable. A huge series of art lessons recorded and uploaded onto Youtube for free – they’re wonderful.
THere are many great art programmes on traditional TV but often these are inaccessible depending on where you live. Some of the best are in the UK and US however if you live outside these areas it’s difficult to watch even online. Sites like this can help you access some of the best art shows by changing your IP address online, however it does involve some small expense to watch it online.
There is no doubt that like many areas, the internet has brought artists together and enabled people to learn wherever they are.