Add Sparkle to your Presentations and Lectures – Christine Jewell


ARTstor is a great source for images you can use to illustrate ideas and concepts.

Many will attest to the richness of the ARTstor database. A costume design researcher remarks:  “For costumes, the zoom feature lets you capture much more detail on the clothing than any book ever could” (e.g. Sarafan). Historians use ARTstor to locate primary source materials, such as this woodcut from 15th c. Germany.

With over 1 million images, ARTstor is a valuable resource for educational and scholarly activities in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. ARTstor has highlighted some discipline specific collections.

What’s in it?

  • Primary source materials: letters, postcards, advertisements, posters, maps, plans, political cartoons, caricatures, art created in various historical periods (e.g. Havana)
  • Portraits and depictions:  political and historical figures, authors, literary characters (e.g. Queen Victoria)
  • Examples of material culture: baskets, textiles, tools, masks, costumes, appliances, furniture, tableware, tools, textiles, cars (e.g. Lincoln)
  • Images of monuments and buildings: from ancient to modern times (e.g. Parthenon)
  • Works of art and design: drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, mosaics, stained glass, tapestries, murals, textiles, metalwork (e.g. Convergence)

What can you do with it?

  • Browse images by geography, classification, or collection
  • Search by keyword, title, creator, and date
  • Display results in thumbnail view, with metadata, or full view
  • Analyze images in zoom, pan, or side-by-side mode
  • Print images and distribute in class handouts
  • Download images and post to access-restricted sites
  • Present images in PowerPoint or ARTstor’s presentation tool
  • Share folders of image groups with your students and colleagues
  • Generate a URL for an image and share it with others
  • Upload your own images to display, analyze, and share in ARTstor

Educational and Scholarly Activities

ARTstor images can be used in presentations, papers, lectures, course reserves, classroom handouts, assignments, seminars, classes, conferences, exhibits, portfolios, and restricted course websites, as outlined in ARTstor’s Terms & Conditions of Use. A subset of the images in ARTstor can be used in published material, under a program called Images for Academic Publishing (IAP).

For more information, email Christine Jewell, Waterloo’s institutional contact.

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