“Visual Arts” is a modern but imprecise umbrella term for a broad category of art. They are art forms such as painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, video, filmmaking, design, crafts and architecture, that create works that are primarily visual in nature.
These art forms are extremely diverse, from the artwork that hangs on a museum, a sculpture in a roundabout, a lake or a park, to the last movie you watched on Netflix. The three types of visual arts are: decorative or ornamental, commercial, and fine art.
Google Arts & Culture is a virtual super museum. You can view high-resolution images and videos of artworks and cultural artifacts from more than 2000 leading museums and archives.
Artcyclopedia is an index of on-line museums and image archives. It is a free search engine for the art world. It lets you search for paintings by artist name, title or museum.
Khan Academy, Art history, Arts and humanities. “We understand the history of humanity through art. From prehistoric depictions of woolly mammoths to contemporary abstraction, artists have addressed their time and place in history and have expressed universal human truths for tens of thousands of years.”
Art Resource “is the world’s largest and most comprehensive fine art stock photo archive, with more than 1,000,000 searchable fine art images from the world’s leading sources, available for licensing to all media.”
Art History: Art History Resources provides a carefully curated collection of links to art history topics. The Art History Archive is a library of information about different artistic movements, art groups, and specific artists. Its purpose is to educate people about the different movements and show people that there are other movements worth looking at, and specific artists that users may never have heard of.
Other resources: The Incredible Art Department (IAD) is a great website; more specifically, its Art Lessons section. There are hundreds of free art lessons from preschool through the college level. The vast majority of lessons include images and examples. SchoolTube is created by educators for educators that provides a safe, free “YouTube-like” experience to watch and share educational video content. Finally, you might be interested on visiting the National Gallery of Art, and particularly its Learn section (Learning Resources).