Why Study Art?

A Bar at the Folies-Bergère by Edouard Manet

Both children and adults should take time to study art, carefully considering, analyzing, critiquing, reviewing, and enjoying the work of others. In doing so, you will discover what kind of art you like and what you don’t like, giving yourself or your child direction when pursuing your own artistic style.

Aspiring and established artists also study art to learn new techniques used with the different forms of artistic media. When you find an effect you like in a piece of art, you can learn how to create that effect yourself. Art is never stagnant, because people don’t stay the same. Our various life experiences affect us in different ways, and our responses to those experiences affect the art we create. Studying art helps us understand how to use art to express our thoughts, our passions, and our hopes.

Below are links to various sites where you can view and study art created by others. You'll find links to sites of contemporary artists showcasing work you may not have seen before, as well as online art museums. New sites will be added periodically, so be sure to check back. Take a minute to peruse the sites and see what type of artwork catches your eye. And of course, be sure to visit your local art museum.


HelenCorrell.com Displays the work of illustrator and fine artist Helen Correll. This site features works in graphite, portraits, children's illustrations, and nature journaling.

Karen Lee Online portfolio of children's illustrator Karen Lee. This site features her two new books, ONE ODD DAY and ALPHABET SAFARI, as well as a blog where she describes her work.

Alexei Antonov The New Old Master Fine Art site. Features the online art gallery of fine artist ALexei Antonov, whose work follows the tradition and skill of the Old Masters.

Ann Kullberg Site featuring the work of artist Ann Kullberg -- the place for everything colored pencil. Visit her online gallery featuring beautiful realistic drawings.

J.D. Hillberry Features the realistic graphite work of artist J.D. Hillberry. Includes western themes, family themes, still life, and Trompe L'Oeil.

Latham Studios This family of wildlife artists - Karen, Rebecca, and Bonnie Latham -- specialize in miniature (detailed) paintings.

L.A. Frechette Gallery Gallery of Louise A. Frechette featuring seascapes in pastel and oils.

Vineta Cook Contemporary landscape painting and abstract photography by Lithuanian-American painter and photographer Vineta Cook.

Fine Art Reproductions Quality, hand painted, oil on canvas reproductions of over 750 artists and over 7,000 paintings.

Art in Tropical Austrailia See this site for an overview of art in tropical Australia.

Online Museums


Metropolitan Museum of Art

National Gallery of Art

Web Gallery of Art

Google Art Project

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