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Researching Your Art: Want to Learn More?

For further information on materials, terms, or techniques, please check the sources listed below.

  • Carr, Dawson W., and Mark Leonard. Looking at Paintings: a Guide to Technical Terms. Malibu, Calif.: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1992.

  • Mayer, Ralph. The Artist's Handbook of Materials & Techniques. New York: Viking, 1991.

  • Taylor, Joshua C. Learning to Look: A Handbook for the Visual Arts. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981.

  • ArtLex
    (An online dictionary of visual art, more than 2,600 terms illustrated)

  • Bibliographies

    If you want to research a bit more, check out the following bibliographies.

    Artists by Region (pdf, 92k)
    Learn more about artists who were active in your state.

    Artists by Occupation (pdf, 88k)
    Resources on architects, craft and design artists, folk arts, foundries, graphic artists, illustrators, photographers, sculptors, and artists who specialized in miniatures or silhouettes.

    Minority Artists Biographical Sources (pdf, 92k)
    Sources on African American, Asian American, Latino, Native American, women, and hearing impaired artists.

    Basic Dictionaries and Other Sources (pdf, 84k)