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This library research guide provides an introduction to library resources related to art and painting courses.

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ARTstor is a non-profit online digital image library designed to serve educational and scholarly communities with more than one million images on subjects in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences. ARTstor provides tools and software to search, present, and share digital images both online and offline for research and pedagogical purposes.


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How to Paint: A Complete Beginner's Guide to Watercolors, Acrylics, and Oils

Start Painting Today! Covering the three most popular types of painting: watercolors, acrylics and oils, this comprehensive step-by-step guide provides basic information on materials and techniques as well as an exciting series of demonstrations aimed at complete beginners. The unique approach of this book is so simple that the reader can start immediately on original and exciting projects. Each section has practical information on materials and equipment and includes a gallery of work by various artists to inspire the beginner. The projects cover all types of subjects, including landscapes, still life, people, flowers, animals and buildings. Within each section the demonstrations provide instruction in a whole range of different techniques from the basic brushstrokes to using resist and painting with a knife. Filled with stunning artworks and inspiring projects, this book will help beginners to achieve immediate and impressive results with a minimum of practice.

Painting: Techniques, Styles, Instruments, and Practice

The fine art of painting is as varied as the life from which it springs. Each artist portrays different aspects of the world. A great artist is able to take some aspect of life and give it depth and meaning. To do this, an artist will make use of the many devices common to painting. These include composition, color, form, and texture. This engaging and dazzling reference covers the elements and principles of design in painting and the various mediums, forms, imagery, subject matter, and symbolism employed, adopted, or created by the painter.

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Art Museum Image Gallery

Drawing from distinguished museums from around the world, this database offers unparalleled access to high-quality art images and related multimedia.

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Art & Architecture Source

Art & Architecture Source is the largest full-text art research database covering fine, decorative and commercial art, as well as architecture and architectural design. With strong international coverage, it offers hundreds of full-text art journals, magazines and books, plus detailed indexing and abstracts and thousands of images.



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Paintings in SC4 Art Archives


Artists listed below have created works in the acrylic medium that are held in the SC4 Art Archives.



Artists listed below have created works in the lacquer medium that are held in the SC4 Art Archives.



Artists listed below have created works in the oil medium that are held in the SC4 Art Archives.



Artists listed below have created works in the watercolor medium that are held in the SC4 Art Archives.

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