History and History Museums

Old Sturbridge Village

Check out "Learning Lab" for great resources including very interesting papers and articles written by the staff of Old Sturbridge Village. You could say I'm prejudiced because I am the artist-in-residence for the village, but I didn't write any of the articles. Come visit soon. You will not meet friendlier or more knowledgeable historic interpreters anywhere!

Colonial Williamsburg

Interesting learning resources under "Explore and Learn" and free podcasts too.

New York Historical Society

Right next door to the American Museum of Natural History in NYC (yeah, the one with the dinosaurs) but have you been there? Save part of your feet and make sure to visit. Public programs are informative, interesting and reasonably priced.

American Museum of Natural History www.amnh.org/exhibitions/dioramas/virtualtours.php www.amnh.org/exhibitions/dioramas/videos.php www.amnh.org/exhibitions/dioramas/artists/

Speaking of the American Museum of Natural History, don't miss the world famous habitat dioramas and bring your sketchbook. This is one of the most artist friendly museums out there and the dioramas are accurately lit for both time of day and location. First link is for virtual tours of the dioramas if you can't make it for a visit anytime soon. Second link leads to videos about the dioramas with interesting inside information. Third link is about the incredible artists who created the dioramas.

The Thomas Jefferson Hour

Free weekly podcast from historian Clay Jenkinson and host David Swenson. Riveting, thought provoking and often connects issues from the past to their couterparts today.

American Experience

I had completely given up on TV ever since they cancelled Little House on the Prairie but American Experience keeps me riveted and inspired week after week. Online resources are extensive. Check out the free podcasts.

History Detectives

Another great history show.

Art and Art Museums

Metropolitan Museum of Art

My home town art museum (well, when I go into "the city" anyway). Look for the link to My Met Gallery where you can create your own personalized albums of your favorite art.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

You can also collect art and place it in your own private gallery at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston too. I just love this. All your favorite paintings any time you want to see them.

Essential Vermeer

If I could only take one website to a desert island.

Fogg Art Museum

What a treasure! Always tempted to beg them to stay open beyond closing time. Bring your sketchbook. Benches are in nice proximity to the art. Comfy sketching.

Portrait Artist Forum

The website for portrait painters. If you can't find the answer to your question here panic.

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Hop Stop

How to get from Here to There, via public transportation, for major US cities.

Art is never finished, only abandoned.

The youth should first learn perspective then the proportion of objects. Then he may copy from some good master to accustom himself to fine forms. Then from nature, to confirm by practice the rules he has learnt. Then see for a time the works of various masters. Then get the habit of putting his art into practice and work.

The artist is the person who makes life more interesting or beautiful, more understandable or mysterious, or probably, in the best sense, more wonderful.
-George Bellows

The faculty of creating is never given to us all by itself. It always goes hand in hand with the gift of observation. And the true creator may be recognized by his ability to find about him, in the commonest and humblest thing, items worthy of note.
Igor Stravinsky

Art happens-no hovel is safe from it, no prince may depend upon it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.
James McNeil Whistler

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

First of all move me, surprise me, rend my heart; make me tremble, weep, shudder; outrage me; delight my eyes.
Denis Kiderot

An artist's working life is marked by intensive application and intense discipline.
John F. Kennedy

We have become a society where the artist is regarded as a self-indulgent superfluity and the person who juggles stocks and shares is an essential part of the economy. We've gone wrong somewhere.
Pam Brown

It would be a mistake to ascribe this creative power to an inborn talent. In art, the genuine creator is not just a gifted being, but a person who has succeeded in arranging for their appointed end, a complex of activities, of which the work is the outcome. The artist begins with a vision-a creative operation requiring an effort. Creativity takes courage.
Henri Matisse

What a society deems important is enshrined in its art.
H. Broudy

Armed with a paint-box, one cannot be bored, one cannot be left at a loose end, one cannot 'have several days on one's hands'. Good Gracious! What there is to admire and how little time there is to see it in! For the first time ones begins to envy Methuselah."
Winston S. Churchill

I hope with all my heart that there will be painting in heaven.
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (his dying words)

Favorite Art Quotes
William Sidney Mount, "The Painter's Triumph" 1838
Johannes Vermeer, "Young Woman with a Water Pitcher" c1662
Elisabeth Vigee-LeBrun, "Self Portrait" 1790