Sites for Art, Pictures, Music, and Video
NOTE: Be sure to check if you need to obtain permissions to use
resources linked at
these sites. Contact the site owners. Under Music and Video, note links for
obtaining CCLI or CVLI licenses. For more suggestions about using images
legally, Creative Commons, and the purpose of using images, "Image
Choices" will provide a quick background.
Art and Pictures: Bible Related
Also check this page for
of Biblical Places
A general place to start is
Search Art Sites: Biblical Related
The custom search engine above looks through
all the sites listed below in this section. It's the best way to get quick results, but it may not return all relevant results.
Sometimes repeating the search on the results page will bring up the results
you want. Remember that you can use quotes to search for specific phrases.
(E.g., "Mark 4:30")
- Textweek.com-art -
Second place to look: organized by theme, Scripture text, or lectionary date
- Art and the Bible - A well
organized site; search by artwork titles or by Scripture text (full KJV on
site); more of a tasteful selection of art than an attempt at
comprehensiveness; especially nice section on Rembrandt
- Bible Picture Gallery
includes some free images
- Church - Free
Pictures - FreeFoto.Com - Categories include: church, backgrounds, Bible
verses, Bibles, candles, cathedrals, church buildings, church flowers, church
music, church window, Easter, graveyard, harvest, remembrance, stained glass,
- Digital Projects
Yale Divinity Library:
Spiritual Exercises in Pictures - woodcuts
- Ian Pollock:
Miracles and Parables of Christ (listing)
- La página de Cerezo
Barredo - free graphics to use organized according to Lectionary Year and
Frank Wesley - Indian Christian Artist
He Qi Arts - beautiful biblical art
combining Chinese and Western influences
of Graham Kennedy - for use in church and church-related ministries
Image Library - Search engine for Bible places, archaeology, maps,
events, plants, food, etc.
- "Wikimedia is a global
mission is to bring free educational content to the world." Conduct your
search for a biblical event, and pictures are free for educational use.
additionally, check The
Bible Illustration Blog
Art and Pictures: Other
Sites for 'free' music to use with PowerPoints, videos, etc. that are for
non-commercial use (as always, there are usually some restrictions; be sure to
read the details of the licenses.
For free, royalty-free music and sounds (though sometimes there is a one-time fee or
donation suggested and sometimes it is only free for educational or non-profit,
and in most cases attribution is still required), try:
Want to create your own music? Try
- To legally show clips from videos in a church or
other non-profit, you need to obtain a CVLI
License. License fees start at $199/year and are more for larger
churches. The basic license does also include access to ScreenVue
which has a searchable database for themes. For additional cost one can also
Movie Index: Includes both a movie title index and a movie theme index.
Also use the to find the text. Then scroll down for links to Movie
A great site with searching by movie title or by theme. Clips are all nicely
edited and can be used for free even without a CVLI license. A free
subscription allows 320x240 resolution downloads. A premium subscription
allows for 640x480 resolution downloads and more.
Work of the People: Visual Media for Mission and Worship: "The Work Of the People is a community of artists who create visual media for the church to re-orient God's people around Jesus' good news and mission to make all things new."
There are films, visual liturgy clips, loops, and stills. Some are free, but
most are available for individual purchase at around $15.
"Sermonspice.com was created to gather and distribute sermon media for pastors and Christian communicators. Our searchable library and downloadable products are the focus of our on-demand service. Our desire is to inspire creativity with the widest collection of Christian multimedia. Sermonspice.com sells sermon media from both production companies and independent producers. We wish to help the Church communicate Christ's eternal truths in a creative and relevant way."
"GodTube.com is a dynamic community of people who are looking to connect, share, and belong. In its simplest form, GodTube is a video-driven social network where users can explore their faith and the tenets of Christianity."
(sort of a Christian YouTube)