Although plenty of it exists, finding free clip art can be a frustrating experience because so many clip art sites simply point to other sites, which in turn send you off to yet more sites. Today's picks, however, are guaranteed to deliver. When using them, be sure to remember the two golden rules of free clip art.
1) Do not steal bandwidth by pointing to images on other people's sites. Upload all images to your own web server.
Classroom Clipart is a huge catalog of 23,000 royalty-free illustrations and photographs. It is organized into thirty categories, but because many topics span multiple categories, the best way to find what you need is their keyword search. Although the collection is the same for both free and paid members, the free photographs include a copyright notice. Paid members can access photos without them.
With original art in both color and black and white, and topics geared especially for students and teachers, Discovery School Clipart Gallery is sure to please. Although there is no search function, the collection of several hundred illustrations is organized into nineteen topics and is easy to peruse. If you're looking for art to spruce up a web page, don't miss the animations. For tips on using clip art with Word or Discovery School's Puzzlemaker, follow the How To link near the bottom of the page.
From Alphabet to Toys, over 1200 colorful images and animations are organized into sixteen categories at The Kidz Page. With only four or five illustrations per page, it is a bit time consuming to scroll through each category, but I found the original art worth the effort. For webmasters, there is a horizontal menu across the top of page with great backgrounds, buttons, bullets and accents. Background images are downloaded differently than regular clip art, so be sure to follow the instructions.