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On this webpage you will find  OER ART textbooks along with supplemental materials and a few lecture videos

The purpose of these discipline-specific pages is to display content that might be of interest to faculty who are considering adopting open educational resources for use in their classes. This list of content is by no means exhaustive.  The nature of open educational resources is very collaborative and it is in that spirit that we encourage any comments about the content featured on this page or recommendations of content that are not already listed here. 

Open Textbook Collections

College Open Textbooks - Fine Arts
An online collection of free fine-art textbooks available online or for download.

Lumen Learning - Art History
Online open textbook covering prehistoric to 20th-century art across the world.

MERLOT is a curated collection of free and open online teaching, learning, and faculty development services contributed and used by an international education community.

OER Commons
OER Commons provides a curated collection of Art History, Graphic Arts, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts.

Open Textbook Library
Browse a wide selection of textbooks on topics related to art.

Project Gutenberg - Art Bookshelf
This list highlights selected art books and books about artists, including practical methods and specialties, as well as general works on art and art history, plus visitor guides to art expos, galleries, and museums.

Courses and Videos

Architecture Courses - edX
Learn about urban design, vernacular architecture, the history of building and more from the best universities and institutions around the world.

Art & Culture Courses - edX
Find free online courses in poetry, art history, world cultures, classical art, modern art and European painting from top universities worldwide. Learn the Cultural Geography of the World from Peking University or immerse yourself in Harvard University’s popular Poetry in America series.

Every course on Coursera is taught by top instructors from the world’s best universities and educational institutions. Courses include recorded video lectures, auto-graded and peer-reviewed assignments, and community discussion forums.

Design Courses - edX
Learn about design and more from the best universities and institutions around the world.

Future Learn - Creative Arts & Media Courses
Explore film, music, journalism, photography or theatre. Join online art courses from renowned film schools, universities, cultural institutions. Learn from the experts in creative arts and media.

Open Learn - History & the Arts
Explore culture, conflict, and the things that make us human. Art courses include "Visions of protest: Graffiti," "Art in Renaissance Venice," and "Dutch painting of the Golden Age."

Open Yale - History of Art
The Department of the History of Art at Yale offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in art, architecture, and visual culture in their social and historical contexts.

Smarthistory: Art History on Khan Academy
Smart History is a leading resource for the study of art and cultural heritage. The growing collection of videos and essays are designed to be engaging and conversational and cover art that ranges from the Paleolithic to the present across Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.

YouTube EDU - The Arts
A collection of educational videos posted on YouTube.

Additional Resources

Digital Library: Art and Design
Browse through the Smithsonian Libraries digital collections of images, books, exhibits, and find research tools.

Google Arts & Culture
Explore collections from around the world with Google Arts & Culture, created by Google Cultural Institute.

The Guggenheim Museum
Featuring over 1,700 artworks by more than 625 artists, the Collection Online presents a searchable database of selected artworks from the Guggenheim’s permanent collection of more than 7,000 artworks.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

Internet Archive: Digital Library
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

Memrise - Art
Memrise uses images and audio to help memorize vocabulary. The interactive site saves individual progress.

Metropolitan Museum of Art Image Gallery
The Met presents over 5,000 years of art from around the world for everyone to experience and enjoy.

Process Arts
An open online archive of arts learning resources sharing day-to-day practice and research of art, design and media.

Stage Two Creative Strategies
These 14 videos contain examples of tendencies and patterns in way ideas are developed in art practice.


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