Everybody has their own favorite clip art sites, and today I’d like to share mine. They aren’t necessarily the greatest, but they work for me. So, without further ado…
1. The Noun Project
The classroom potential of The Noun Project should be apparent to anyone with eyes. I mean how can you not be awestruck by a million-plus supply of free icons and symbols beautifully crafted by professional artists. For the minimalists of the world, they come exclusively in black and white and are the definition of elegant design. But if you feel so inclined, you can pay the membership fee to get them in any color you like.
Check out their work here:
2. My Cute Graphics
Laura Strickland’s artwork is widely used by primary school teachers. Her free clipart is available at My Cute Graphics, and includes hundreds of adorable images which I liberally use in my teaching materials for young English learners.
Whimsy Clips is her premium site if you’re looking for specialized art and you’ve got money to burn. These are probably most useful to teachers making their own products to sell online.
Need something beautiful but not so cutesy? Unsplash has some seriously spectacular photography that they are literally giving away. Thousands upon thousands of high quality photos from a talented community of photographers for anyone to download and do with what they like. I’ve become so taken by this site that it has become my sole source for images of real things.
You’ve already unknowingly seen much of their work. This picture for example is hilarious but oddly familiar.
That’s because it is part of an advertisement at my neighborhood subway station.
4. Teachers Pay Teachers
Teachers Pay Teachers is better known as a place to source non-corporate teaching materials, but it is also a first class library of high quality and varied clip art. Most of it must be paid for, but quite a bit is free. Many creators do very well supplying clip art to other sellers to make their own products with. When I needed a new set of alphabet letters, I needed look no farther than Graphics from the Pond.
5. Open Clipart
Openclipart is the polar opposite of sites like Unsplash. What quality standards may exist are near impossible to discern, and searching for a specific picture on the site can often feel like digging through a teenage boy’s bedroom looking for a lost sock. And yet, it contains what feels like an untapped well of interesting images that just aren’t to be found on other sites, like this Parisian bar, which I quite like.
Anyway, those are my favorites. If you have any other suggestions, please leave a comment below.