Visual Arts Resources

Exhibitions, Galleries and Museums

These are the best source! You can experience the art properly, as it is meant, rather than simply just an image of it. You can sketch in front of the work and use the varied and useful resources of the gallery, including the exhibition leaflets and exhibition catalogues.

We are so lucky to live in a wonderful city for art. Look online or in Zitty or Tip for many of the art fairs and festivals you could visit, such as:

Or visit one of the very many galleries. Smaller commercial galleries are right near us, around Auguststraße. For larger art collections and exhibitions, with more established artists, visit:

Books and Art Journals

This is the second best source, as you can rely on the artist being worthy of having a book published on their work! It will also have high quality images and good articles by critics and art historians. For libraries, check out:

  • Questia School: Online Research Library for Secondary. This is an excellent resource for searching millions of books and academic articles, making it easy and convenient for you to broaden and add depth to your study. If you need help using the resource, please ask Robertson McIlwain in the BCS Library.
  • BCS library: For some great art books, Robertson McIlwain is also worth consulting.
  • Kunstbibliothek: Matthäikirchplatz 6, 10785 Berlin Tiergarten | Tel.: 030–266 424242 |

Online Resources

This is a last resort! …But of course the most convenient. Balance your use of it as much as you possibly can, as it is important that you use a variety of sources. Here are some really useful websites:


Art terminology dictionary with a huge database


slideshows, videos and interviews with contemporary artists

British Library

Selection of historical artists books in this archive online

British Museum

Outstanding value: search the immense British Museum collection by culture, by place, by people, by material. Very well organized and usable site.

Google Art Project

High resolution images in this amazing virtual collection

How Art Made the World (BBC)

How art made the world, art history films and videos

IB Art

Another good website that showcases IB student artwork

 IB Virtual Gallery

The International Baccalaureate Organisation’s virtual gallery that showcases IB student artwork

Interactive timeline from the MET

Interactive timeline of art history


New York’s Museum of Modern Art – check out the artists and collection

The Photographers Gallery, London

Podcasts from the Tate

Short, interesting podcasts of artists talking about their practice

Red Studio from MOMA

A site especially for teens about contemporary art

Victoria & Albert Museum

Extensive database of images and education materials relating to the V&A collection and exhibition archive

UK National Gallery

Inspiring! All kinds of artists, writers and filmmakers take inspiration from the collection