Greatest Free and Paid Clipart Sources for Academics Academics

Are you looking for ways to spice up your Google Slides or Seesaw activities? Trying to find the right printable images for a bulletin board? You need some teacher clip art! The internet is full of clipart sources, but some are better than others. Here are our top recommendations.

Pro Tip: Many clip art sites allow you to choose the file type for your download. If you’re not sure about the differences between JPG, PNG, and SVG, read this article. It also tells you what vector files are and how to use them.

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Free Teacher Clipart Sources

Source: Classroom Clipart

We know teachers are on a budget, and luckily the internet is full of good sources for high quality free clip art. These websites may require attribution in some cases. So check the rules before using pictures.

Classroom Clipart

As the name suggests, this site was designed to be a top resource for teacher clip art. The index makes it easy to find pictures by subject, and they also offer some animated clip art. All images are available as free JPG downloads (or GIFs for animated images) for personal use, but include a copyright watermark. You can sign up for a paid account for additional file types and online editing tools starting at $ 19.95 per year.


Pixabay offers a huge selection of clip art along with photos, and everything is really free, even for commercial use. Most of the cliparts are offered in both PNG and SVG formats. You need a free account to download higher resolution and SVG images, but you can easily use your Google account login to make things easier.


Freepik has many great clip art options for teachers, but be aware that all of them require attribution unless you sign up for a paid account ($ 10 / month). The downloads on this page are a bit cumbersome as they automatically contain a ZIP file with both JPG and EPS (vector) files. If you don’t need the EPS file for an image, skip the download button and just right click the image and save it as a JPG. Each image also has the information you need for proper mapping, be it online or in print.


This is a very popular source for vector clip art along with photos. The free membership gives you access to a large library of images, all of which require attribution and have commercial restrictions. When you sign up for a Pro account (starting at $ 9 / month), you get even more images, faster downloads, and full commercial rights with no attribution. Downloads automatically include JPG and EPS files, and a built-in editor allows you to work with the image and download your changes (both free and pro) right in Vectorseezy.

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As the name suggests, all of the cliparts here are in PNG form with a transparent background. It’s all free, too, but requires attribution and cannot be used for commercial print. The site also includes customizable templates and slides. You need to sign up for a free account to download images, which are limited to two per day. A paid account gives you more daily downloads and full commercial access with no attribution required.


This no-frills site is super easy to use: just right click and download images, no account required. The pictures are cute indeed, perfect for pre-K and elementary school classes. Teachers can use these clipart any way they want, including for websites like Teachers Pay Teachers, as long as they identify who created it. Most of the images are PNGs with a transparent background.


ClipartPal’s public domain contains many classroom-friendly clip art for teachers. Since everything is in the public domain, you can use the files privately or commercially as you wish. However, files can be smaller in size or quality, and the site is a bit cumbersome to use. Still, it’s a great option to have on your list.

Clip art ETC

The University of South Florida created this library of teacher clip art specifically for educators. Images are black and white illustrations, and the site really shines when it comes to scientific drawings of plants, animals, and more. Teachers and students can use up to 50 items in a single project for personal use. If you want to use images commercially, you can purchase them individually.


Everything on Openclipart is available for any kind of use, including commercial purposes, no attribution required. The selection isn’t the best we’ve seen, but it’s nice to be able to choose between SVG and different sizes of PNG files.

Paid Teacher Clipart Sources

Source: vector characters

Sometimes it pays to pay for your clip art, especially if you have very specific needs. It’s also a smart method when creating items for sale so that you can be sure that you have the rights to the images that you want to use. school edition is a popular paid resource for high quality clip art in a variety of vector and non-vector file types. Buy images one at a time or register for an account and pay a fee for unlimited use. An educational license costs $ 99.95 per year and provides single-user access for non-commercial use. If you want to use images commercially, you’ll need a Professional license instead, currently around $ 200 / year.


Shutterstock is a well-known source for stock photos, videos, and vector clip art. The quality here is excellent and the standard license covers both personal and basic commercial use. Subscriptions are sold as images per month, with the lowest plan currently costing 10 images per month for $ 29 billed annually. You are given a free one-month trial to see if Shutterstock is right for you.

Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock is another prominent image site featuring photos, vector clip art, and more. As with Shutterstock, this is where you get high quality clip art available with a standard license for personal and simple commercial use. As with Shutterstock, plans operate on a monthly image basis starting at $ 29 for 10 images per month. Some items are premium and must instead be purchased with credits.

Teachers pay teachers

If you love the style of a particular blogger or TPT seller, see if they sell their teacher clip art on Teachers Pay Teachers! Many offer themed packs by subject at different prices, and they even have a wide selection of free cliparts. Simply search for “clipart” on the website to see your options.

Vector characters

Do you want to show your personality? Try vector characters! These cartoon character sets are perfect for creating online tutorials with helpful teachers in various poses. The standard license gives you personal and commercial usage rights. Some smaller sets are free, while premium characters are sold per set. You can also save by buying credits.

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