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Art 112 : 2D Design - Professor Cardoso: Find Images in ArtSTOR

This guide was created to help students in 2D Design with Practice 2.

ArtSTOR digital library

Artstor contains more than 1.8 million images from the arts, architecture, humanities and science from hundreds of museums, artists and their estates, photographers and archives from around the world.

Linking to Artstor images

You can link directly to Artstor images. If you are on-campus images will open directly. Off campus will prompt you for your MyWCC user ID and pswd. * The link will only open the individual image with descriptive information, it will not launch the Artstor database.

In you results list, right click on an image and choose GENERATE IMAGE URL > IMAGE VIEWER URL copy and paste this link (the other link is to the thumbnail only).

You can also link to a group of images in a folder also. Go to SHARE in to top navigation bar > GENERATE IMAGE GROUP URL > IMAGE VIEWER URL and copy and paste that link. Images will open in slide show format, use the arrows under the image to go through your image group.

* Works in Chrome, Safari, Firefox and IE; works best to copy+paste link into browser. Check for pop-up blocker if you are having trouble.

For additional help on linking images see the Artstor help page


Using ArtSTOR

Click on the Enter Here icon to begin searching the Artstor image database.

Although it is not necessary to create a (free) account. You will be able to download higher quality images and export them much easier if you do.

Go to Advanced Search

Enter your design principle in the search box and change the search type to DESCRIPTION to search descriptions of artworks. Or enter your artist name with type CREATOR or work title with type TITLE if you are looking for something specific

Use the CLASSIFICATION section to check off the kinds of artworks you'd like to search (e.g. Drawings, Paintings, Prints etc).

You can enter a DATE or DATE RANGE if you'd like too.

Click SEARCH to begin your search.

Browse through the thumbnails to see if any images look interesting. Click on an image to open it. The toolbar below the image will allow you to zoom and pan.


Click on the (i) under the image to get the image information and description. Read the description to see how your term was used. Some terms have multiple meanings and may not be used in the context you were expecting.

You can then search for more images by the same artists, or do additional research by using one of the other library databases that cover art resources (see the Find Articles tab).


You might find that the image has no description. If so, find the name of the collection the image is part of and search that museum's collection directly to find the description.








If you have created an account, you can save higher-quality images into a folder for later organization and export. Use the "Save View to Image Group" button on the far right. To download a lower-quality image, use the save icon to it's left.


To access your folder click on the folder icon on the top right of any page.


Use the export buttons to save high-quality images or export directly into ppt (including all image data!)