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Musical Theatre: Images/Media

Subject Guide for NASDA Performing Arts at Ara.

Downloading images

All Public Domain and Creative Commons images can be saved to your computer and reused in your own work, whether it is a PowerPoint, blog, wiki or other instance.  It is always best practice to reference your images even if they are in the Public Domain. You can also hyperlink your image to its source page. See Best practices for attribution for tips on referencing your images. 

Below is an example of good attribution or referencing of an image from Wikimedia Commons. Note that text and image are hyperlinked to the source page.


 "Everything is Going to be Alright" artwork by Martin Creed, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand by Michal Klajban - CC-BY-SA 4.0

How to automatically reference images in PowerPoint and Word

1. Click Insert in the top ribbon

2. Click Online Pictures

3. Search for an image

4. Keep Creative Commons Only ticked

5. Click the image and choose Insert

6. Your image shows with hyperlinks to the source and the Creative Commons Licence below it.


This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0           

Free Images


Clip Art

  • Over 2 million free clip art images.
  • WPClipart Very large, searchable database of public domain images on a variety of topics, including famous artworks. All are free to use and modify.
  • Google icons Icons (symbols) used in Google applications.  Open access files allow icons to be downloaded and altered.
  • The Noun Project  Icons and images. Sign up to be eligible for free downloads (image credit will be included).
  • Freepik Free, editable graphic designs suitable for posters, menus, cards, etc. Include  the attribution "Designed by Freepik".
  • Brusheezy Free Photoshop textures, patterns and brushes.

Other Public Domain Image Sources

Sound - Mostly Free Sources

Note : All Ara computers can access Audacity which is software you can use to record your own sounds.

Referencing images

Most sources require you to include an acknowledgement directly under the image or other media. e.g.

Da  Vinci, L. (1474-1478). Ginevra de' Benci [obverse] [Painting]. Retrieved from the National Gallery of Art, Washington website:

If you need to cite the image, provide:
Artist’s Name. (Years of creation). Title of the artwork [Type of artwork]. Where you retrieved the image from.

Type of artwork could be: Chart, Diagram, Drawing, Graph, Illustration, Image, Map, Photograph, Painting, Sculpture, etc.


  • Da  Vinci, L. (1474-1478). Ginevra de' Benci [obverse] [Painting]. Retrieved from the National Gallery of Art, Washington website:
  • Wyeth, A. (1948). Christina's world [Painting]. Retrieved from the Museum of Modern Art website:
  • Picasso, P. (1907). Les Demoiselles d’Avignon [Painting]. Retrieved from Oxford Art Online database.
  • Rodin, A. (1906). The thinker [Sculpture]. Retrieved from ARTstor database.
  • Cathedral of Notre Dame west facade. (1220-1269) [Architecture]. Retrieved fromARTstor database.


Using Google images

Everyone tends to "Google" images. To avoid copyright breaches, follow this process: 

1) Search in Google images

2) Click on Tools

3) Click on Usage Rights

4) Select Labeled for reuse - these images are usually from the Public Domain or Creative Commons.

5) Click on the image to see the terms of use and get the URL of the source page.

Art Galleries with open access

Check this post from Apollo: The International Art Magazine on Open Access Image Libraries for other sources.

Video - Mostly free resources