Wikipedia:WikiProject Visual arts

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WikiProject Visual arts, a sub-project of WikiProject Arts, is a place for Wikipedians to discuss issues and organize information about the visual arts. Like any page on Wikipedia, all are welcome to edit and contribute to this WikiProject.

Rather than try to force information to appear in a uniform way, this WikiProject presents guidelines to focus the efforts of other Wikipedians. These recommendations for creating visual arts content are based on various Wikipedia style guides and common practices for writing good articles. Use your own judgment in applying these guidelines, along with other Wikipedia guidelines, to compose articles and be bold.

If you would like to help, see the How to help section below and ask questions on the talk page.

Feel free to add your name to the participants list and/or add the project userbox {{ User WikiProject Visual arts}} to your user page.


The project seeks to improve the quality of articles related to the visual arts. The main category that represents articles that fall within the scope of this project is Category:Visual arts ( Category:Art has merged into this).

A proposed schema for the various subcategories that would also fall within the scope of this project can be found at Wikipedia:WikiProject_Visual_arts/Art_categories.



  1. To provide a place to discuss common issues on visual arts related pages.
  2. To thoroughly explore the visual arts globally and historically.
  3. To ensure all pages meet the standards of Wikipedia:Cite sources. See also WikiProject Fact and Reference Check.
  4. To manage editing of the Visual Arts portal.
  5. To discuss and categorize project pages.

How to help

How you can help depends on your time, resources, and interest. Here are a variety of ideas for contributions ranging from simple to complex. Take a look at the Open Tasks section of this page for more article-specific tasks.

If you'd like to help with any of the below and want assistance, post a query on the talk page. Project members will be glad to help.

Develop articles

Writing and editing

Open Tasks


Here are some Open Tasks :

Article alerts

Today's featured articles

Did you know

Articles for deletion

Proposed deletions

  • 15 Sep 2021 – Color wash ( talk ·   ·  hist) was PRODed by Vexations ( t ·  c): Unsourced, not a notable topic, nonsensical claims like "It was historically created with oil-based products because of the long drying time,.." hint: no it wasn't.

Categories for discussion

Redirects for discussion

Files for discussion

Featured article candidates

Good article nominees

Featured article reviews

Requests for comments

Peer reviews

Requested moves

Articles to be merged

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Articles to be split

Articles for creation


Work in tandem with Wikipedia:WikiProject Biography/Arts and entertainment


An automatically updated list of articles that have been tagged for cleanup is linked here.

Visual arts portal

Maintain articles

Articles for deletion

It is important to have an input into Articles for deletion. There is now a special page for visual art articles, which needs to be maintained, updated and monitored. It can be found here: WikiProject Deletion sorting/Visual arts. Articles need to be added manually: please add any AfD you want to draw attention to, and also put it on your watchlist.


Larger tasks

  • Move art images to Wikicommons. Suggestion only. Move eligible (world-wide public domain) art images to Wikicommons
  • Categories.See Portal:Visual_arts/Categories, Portal_talk:Arts/Categories. Categorization ideas Art categories
  • Development. Can we try and get Arts and Crafts Movement at least up to B-Class? The article on this important and influential movement, which dominated the decorative arts in Britain from 1890–1915, should be a lot better than it is. I have added to it but I'd appreciate some collaborators.

Visual arts project

  • Add the project template {{ Visual arts}} to the talk pages of relevant articles that don't already have one.
  • Join the discussions on the project talk page.
  • Publicize – Inform editors who have displayed interest in visual arts about the project via their talk page.
  • Take a look at the project to-do list and help with listed project-related tasks.


Useful information

Released into public domain: artworks/art books

  • Modern art books for free/Guggenheim [1]
  • Paris Musees released digital artworks [2]
  • Art Institute of Chicago released digital images [3]
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art: art works in public domain [4]
  • Getty Museum artworks: virtual library to download [5]
  • New York Public Library: released artworks, images, books. [6]
  • Smithsonian Open Access: Artworks, images and data from across the Smithsonian’s 19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo. 3 million images and resources available for open source use as of late 2020 [1] [7]



Most popular pages

Similar WikiProjects

See also


New names at top. It's not necessary to list your name here to edit this page or edit related articles. Feel free to display the project userbox on your userpage: {{ User WikiProject Visual arts}}.

Recognized content

Featured articles

Featured lists

Good articles

Did you know (DYK)s

Formerly recognized content

Former featured articles

Former good articles


Please add them as you find them, using caution, especially with the larger ones, which may disrupt carefully designed pages.

Info boxes


Art works

Image pages

Navigation aids

See also Category:Arts and culture templates

Cultural periods

Not specific to art

Art periods

Art nationality

Art groups


Project and stubs

What to type What it makes What it's for

{{ Visual arts}}

See below.

The project notice designed to be placed in the talk page of any article that fits within the scope of this project.

WikiProject Visual arts (Rated Project-class)
WikiProject iconThis article is within the scope of WikiProject Visual arts, a collaborative effort to improve the coverage of visual arts on Wikipedia. If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see a list of open tasks.
  Project  This article has been rated as Project-Class on the project's quality scale.

{{ WPVA}}

See below.

The project notice designed to be placed in the talk page of a user who edits relevant articles.


WikiProject Visual arts

You are welcome to join WikiProject Visual arts, a collaboration between like-minded Wikipedians in order to improve visual arts coverage.

{{ User WikiProject Visual arts}}

WPVA-khamsa.svgThis user is a member of the
WikiProject Visual arts.

This can be placed on your user page to show that you are a part of this Wikiproject.

{{ User:UBX/artlover}}

Nuvola apps kcoloredit.svgThis user is an art lover.

Just for fun.

{{ User Art}}

ARTThis user's favourite subject is Art.

Just for fun.

{{portal|Visual arts}}

To add a link to the Visual Arts portal.


{{ Art-stub}}

To mark art articles in need of expansion. Adds article to Category:Visual arts stubs. Use more specific stubs whenever possible.

{{ Artist-stub}}

To mark artist articles in need of expansion. Adds article to Category: Artist stubs. Use more specific stubs whenever possible.

{{ art-org-stub}}

To mark art or artist organization articles in need of expansion. Adds article to Category:Art_organization_stubs.

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