Here’s a very interesting website for Art teachers or anyone interested in art. The BBC has announced the public beta launch of a new initiative to bring the UK’s entire collection of oil paintings to the Internet for the first time. It’s called Your Paintings.

Even if you’re an art-lover and have trawled the length and breadth of the country’s galleries and museums, there’s still a good chance that thousands of paintings have escaped your eyes. The project has already collected 63,000 paintings and they are aiming to get all 200,000 in the UK.

BBC Your Paintings

The BBC has now partnered with the Public Catalogue Foundation and hundreds of galleries and collections across the country. The collection will be presented in Your Paintings,  a dedicated section on the BBC’s website, and they will be made available to view by anyone, anytime, for free.

The BBC is enlisting the help of the public to crowdsource the mapping of the content of the paintings, with a Your Paintings Tagger.

Find out more at :

Art teachers – this site will let you search by artist, by theme or by collection. It’s an excellent resource already, and will obviously grow over time. Well worth bookmarking.

Related site : Don’t forget the excellent Google Art Project too.