Food for Thinkers

The Internet is such a great resource that we want to occasionally share some websites that docents may find useful for research.

American Craft Council

The website describes itself well below:
"American Craft is a wish book that helps creative people to see the world with fresh eyes. Its memorable stories and images inspire readers to craft a conscientious, expressive life they feel good about. The magazine celebrates the age-old human impulse to make things by hand, in order to communicate, learn, heal, and connect. Our core audience values community, sustainability, quality and authenticity."

Aperture Magazine

Aperture is a non-profit foundation that strives to connect the photo community not only through its website but through print resources. It is a good resource on photography. Many articles and past magazines can be viewed without a subscription.

Art Daily

Art Daily advertises itself as the first daily art newspaper on the web. It keeps you abreast on current news in the art world. It has a searchable database of artists, museums, and galleries and even provides daily games.

Art Conservation at the University of Delaware 

Funded by the Kress Foundation, the intent of this website is to make principles and technology of technical art history clear and accessible to the nonspecialist and to strengthen the appreciation, interpretation, and preservation of Old Master paintings. It includes lots of information about art conservation, including historical materials and techniques, examination methods and scientific terms, and educational materials for different age levels.

Art History Resources 

Current art history news, comments, updates, pictures, videos, reviews, & information posted on Facebook by Dr. Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe Dr. Witcombe is a professor of Art History at Sweet Briar College. This has numerous links to information about artists, periods of art, art blogs and art news across the Internet.

Art in America Magazine

This is a good resource on information on American Art especially current artists and exhibitions.


Artcyclopedia is a form of Internet search engine. It has links to over 9000 artists. It also has information on art museums worldwide and a wide-ranging wealth of articles on artists and art.

Art Museum Teaching - A Forum for Reflecting on Practice

This website is a digital community and collaborative online forum for reflecting on issues of teaching, learning, and experimental practice in the field of art museum education. The goal of the site is to connect educators, ideas, and resources around a dialogue about what we do in our practice of teaching and learning.

Looking Back, Moving Forward in Museum Education

A blog post about books written for the museum education field the author wanted to read in 2017 caught my eye. The list of 9 books includes a one-paragraph description of what each book is about and an explanation of why it's on the list. Some of the books are more appropriate for museum professionals, but some of them look like they would be of interest to docents/guides as well. For example, the first book on the list, "The Manual of Museum Learning," offers advice for creating successful learning experiences in museums and other institutions including galleries, zoos, and botanical gardens.

My Modern Met

20+ of the Best Free Online Resources From Art Institutions Around the World linked here. Other resources and topics are on the site as well.


Museum-Ed is a virtual community where museum educators and anyone interested in museum education may ask questions and immediately pursue solutions, exchange ideas, explore current issues, share resources, think about their work, and find inspiration for new directions. Museum-Ed allows participants to connect personally and professionally with museum educators in the United States and internationally.Art Museum Teaching

Museum 2.0

Nina Simon's blog about the participatory museum has lots of interesting posts about a wide variety of museum-related topics. One example is a post on design techniques for developing questions for visitor participation, This post asks what the right question looks like, and how do you develop the right question? It includes examples of right and wrong questions—and why they are right or wrong.

The Iris - Behind the Scenes at the Getty

This website provides behind-the-scenes information from the Getty Center. Some of the blogs cover information of wider interest, such as how you move a giant stone obelisk and digital preservation in practice.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History

The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History pairs essays and works of art with chronologies, telling the story of art and global culture through the Museum's encyclopedic collection.

The New York Times Review of the new Mississippi Civil Rights Museum 

Web Exhibits - Pigments Through the Ages  

This is an online exhibit on pigments through the ages, with all sorts of different information. For example, a section entitled "look closer" covers how various scientific techniques are used to analyze works of art. "Choose a pigment" allows you to click on any of 40 different colors for brief description, a list of alternate names, origin of the name, non-English names, origin of the pigment, and chemical name. It then gives an example of use by artists. If there are other colors in that family (for example, blue), you can click on links to those colors. "Browse colors" gives you the symbolism of the color, a short history of pigments used to make this color, and other information about the color. Everything you never knew you wanted to know about colors!

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