As an educator, I often need free clip art to liven up handouts to students or to illustrate vocabulary. Last year I discovered the site www.clickr.com. On this website, people can upload their own clip art for others to use freely. Each time someone submits a piece of clip art, they must sign an agreement that this art is in the public domain and can be used for free. The site is financed by affiliate advertising and does not offer artists any compensation. It appears to have changed its spelling recently from clikr to clker.
Clker.com presents three types of clip art: vector images, raster images and stock photos. Vector images are not pixelated, which means that they look smooth and clean at any resolution. Both raster images and stock photos are made up of pixels, which means they will look a bit blocky if expanded. The following is an example of a vector image that I used for illustrating a song for kindergarteners.
Cabin clip art from clickr.com
Clker has black-and-white drawings, colored drawings, and photography, both edited and unedited. Each image can be downloaded in three sizes: small, medium and large. It is very easy to search and has a large number of subjects from which to choose. Searching can be done by category or specific words. The above image, for example, was found through my search for “log cabin in woods.”
I enjoy using clker.com as a free source of clip art for my classroom and newsletters. I hope you will enjoy trying it out too.
I have been teaching music at an international Christian school in Japan for the past 34 years. I am interested in music, education, linguistics and culture, Japan, and pets, especially cats. I have many other interests as well.