L. S. Lowry’s Early Life Laurence Stephen Lowry was born on the 1st November 1887. He was a big boy, far from the delicate daughter his mother wanted. She showed him little affection. L. S .Lowry was a very shy boy. He once wrote, ‘I have no really happy memories of childhood.’ Lowry was an […]

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Early Life Paul Cézanne, the great Post Impressionist artist was a stubborn man who refused to compromise or make any form of concession to society, or to art for that matter. This often made him appear a strange and eccentric figure. He lived for his painting, it was his only passion in life, friends and family took […]

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Marc Chagall Early Life Marc Chagall, an orthodox Jew, was born in Vitebsk, Russia on the 7th of July 1887 as Moshe Segal. He was the eldest of 9 children. His father worked for a fish merchant; his mother ran a grocery shop. As a boy he attended the Jewish Primary School and the Municipal […]

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Early Life of Indian Artist – M F Husain Indian artist Maqboul Fida Hussain was born on the 17th of September 1915, although some records suggest it was 1913 in Pandharpur in Maharashtra in India. M. F. Husain lost his mother when he was a young boy. Subsequently his paternal grandmother looked after him. Later, […]

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Early Life Ferdinand Holder was born in Bern in Switzerland in 1853, the eldest of 6 children. Tuberculosis killed his father and his 2 younger brothers by the time he was 8 years old. As a result, his mother later remarried, marrying Gottlieb Schüpach, a decorative painter who had 5 children from a previous marriage. […]

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Using Graphite Sticks Graphite sticks are brilliant to draw with because they are so flexible. In this arts tutorial I explain how, by using the edge of the graphite stick,  wonderfully imaginative marks can be created on cartridge paper. Really creative lines can be created because  you are using an edge and not a point. […]

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Outline Biography This video discusses the life and times of the Norwegian expressionist artist Edvard Munch. Death, love and angst are prominent throughout his life and work therefore, the video may not be suitable for younger children. Edvard Munch was born in Loten in Norway, but lost his mother and sister at a young age. […]

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This art history video about the Dutch abstract artist, Piet Mondrian, covering his life in 10 fascinating snippets. Piet Mondrian was one of the pioneers of abstract art. Born in 1872 in The Netherlands, he was the son of an art teacher. Trees fascinated him and he produced many paintings of them. He loved the […]

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Colour Mixing This is the second in my series on, ‘You want to be an artist’. This art tutorial covers how to use colour. We start by explaining how to use the 12 colour, colour wheel. Understanding how the colour wheel works is essential for an artist. Starting with the basics of colour mixing, I […]

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If you want to be an artist you have to be able to draw. In this art tutorial, aimed at beginners and students of art, I explain what drawing is. Drawing is a language, like any other language because it is a means of communication. Drawing has an ‘alphabet’ of marks, textures, tones, shapes etc. […]

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Frida Kahlo was an amazing artist. Her work explores issues that affected herself with honesty and integrity, which is why her paintings are held in such high regard. She was born in Coyoacan, Mexico City in 1907 and died in 1954 aged just 47. She contracted polio when a toddler and was involved in a […]

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