How can I get into art? Like, I am into art, but how can I learn about it?
In many ways! The first I would suggest would be to go to your local museum (if you have one). Most museums offer tours (sometimes free), so take one! Alternatively, you can walk around and read the plaques, or get an audio guide, if they have them.
Next, use the internet to your advantage!
- I know Wikipedia is “untrustworthy” but I think it’s a really great source, especially for just finding stuff out. Look up your favorite artist or your favorite painting and just read about them, and then click all the links and read those articles too. Some other online resources:
- Khan Academy - we used this in my art history class last year. It goes along with the AP course curriculum, but it has way more than just that. They have fantastic videos and articles about all types of art, and they’re very interesting and informative. They also have lots of other topics, but I’ve never really explored anything aside from art history
- Google Culture - this is new, and I haven’t really looked at it, but @asteriaria recently told me about it and it seems awesome! You can explore artists, eras, exhibits, etc.! Just to show you, I took a few screenshots of my favorite era/painter, and they have exhibits from different museums, articles, the works, a timeline of all the artists of different eras together, etc… It’s amazing.
- The Met’s Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History - I’ve read a few articles from this and it’s fantastic. The Met has an amazing collection and all of it is catalogued online, so you can simply read the little plaques that they have at the museum, or you could read the articles they’ve posted about them! They have countless essays (and I recently heard at my orientation that the Met has some two million works, most of which are catalogued online). It’s almost as good as going, I think!
Also I would certainly suggest going to your local library or bookstore and looking for some books. There are so many authors and topics to look at that I couldn’t really name a specific one that gives you a good overview and isn’t a textbook … but Janson’s History of Art is pretty good, though it only covers Western art.
If you have any more questions, please come and ask!! Especially if you want to know where to find more about a specific era or topic :)