Art Education - Resources for Artists
A useful reference for various 'resources for artists' sites
Would you like to learn more about how to create Art? Not sure what to do, where to go or which book to buy? Would you like some suggestions?
The resources listed below enable artists to work out how they would like to pursue their art education:
- whether in a formal environment - such as an art school;
- or by visiting leading art galleries and museums
- or at home with a good art instruction book
- or in an art group, art society or an art colony environment
- or through guidance on "How to"
- or in a workshop, course or art holiday providing instruction
Use this site as a bookmark!
Learn about Art
People learn in lots of different ways.
- Some like to go down the formal route of school, college and university - others prefer to do it all on their own
- Some like to read books - while others find experience and practice which comes from doing is the best way to learn
- Some like "how to" articles with steps and stages - while others like to read around all relevant articles and websites
- Some start early - while others come to learning about art late in life
I've always been interested in education and how people learn. My first degree is in Education and a lot of what I do now involves curating and sharing information so that others can learn.
Mostly, my sites are about making a record of my own education and learning about art - based on the notion that it's always good to share!
When I retired, I decided that I wanted to fill in the gaps of my knowledge about art. Plus I wanted to learn a lot more about specific artists and art history generally.
What you'll find below is just a taster of what I've produced. I hope you enjoy taking a look - and maybe you'll learn something!
Guidance on "How to"
Here are some sites which will help you address some of the basics which artists often struggle with - particularly those for whom writing is more difficult than painting
- How to write an Artist's Statement - Resources for Artists
Banish the Artist's Statement Blues! An Artist's Statement is essential - but lots of artists dread writing a statement about their art! Do you need some tips and guidelines for writing an artist's statement?
- How to write an Artist's Resume or CV
How do you summarise your life as an artist in a CV or resume for galleries, exhibitions and potential employment? Do you understand the difference between an artist's CV, artist resume and a bio - and how to write them?
- How to Critique Art
How should you give - or receive - an art critique? Try these links to guidelines on websites and books which provide information and advice. Different scenarios are covered from the 'in principle' approach through giving and receiving critiques...
- How to sign a painting, drawing or fine art print
What's the best way for an artist to sign a painting? Should you date as well as sign a painting? How should you sign a fine art print? How can you identify the genuine signature of an artist? Where can I see artists signatures?
- How to sell art online
Do you want to sell your art online? This is a compendium of sites providing advice and information to visual fine artists who want to know more about where...
Top Art Galleries and Museums
Looking at art is one of the very best ways of learning - and going to art galleries and museums is an excellent way of seeing art "up close and personal"
If you can't get to a gallery have you tried looking at art on the gallery websites?
Here are some links to some of the very best art galleries and museums in the world
- Top 10 Art Galleries and Museums in the World
A listing of the the top ten art galleries and museums in the world - based on visitor numbers in 2013 - and how to visit them in person or virtual reality.
- The Top Ten Museums in London
London's Museums are some of the top visitor attractions in the UK.This a compendium of information about the top museums and galleries in London, based on monthly visitor numbers.
- The Louvre - Resources for Art Lovers
The Louvre is a very large and famous museum in Paris. 9.72 million people visited the Louvre in 2012 - 3.5 million more than any other museum in the world. Some 10 million people are expected to visit in 2014.
- Musee d'Orsay - Resources for Art Lovers
The Musée d'Orsay in Paris is the 3rd most popular museum in Paris and also ranks in the top 10 art museums in the world. Try paying a virtual visit if you cannot visit Paris using the resources on this site.
- Musee Marmottan Monet - Resources for Art Lovers
See famous paintings by Monet at the Musee Marmottan Monet in Paris.It's the home of "Impression Sunrise" and the largest collections of Monet paintings in any art museum anywhere in the world.
I get lots of people contacting me to ask about art education in the UK - and I've created this site specially for them
- Art Schools in the UK - Resources for Artists
This site brings together links to various art schools around the UK. It focuses purely on art schools which offer degrees and courses at an undergraduate level and/or postgraduate level.
Art Instruction Books - The Basics
Some people prefer to read a book to going to class. Sometimes going to class is not an option and reading a book is the only way you're going to learn more about how to create art and what art is all about.
These books deal with some of the very basic aspects of art
- Artists' Favourite Art Books
This is a list of favourite art books - compiled from the responses of artists who read my popular art blog. I asked two questions:(1) Do you have a favourite art book? and (2) Is there one book which had a huge impact on you and your work?
- The Best Books about Drawing and Sketching
Do you want to learn how to draw? Want to find out which are the best books about drawing and sketching?
- How to draw perspective
Learn about how to draw perspective - from online resources and instruction books. This is a guide to some of the best resources online about drawing perspective
- The Best Art Books - Colour
If you want to learn about colour try reading the best books for artists and painters about understanding colour, mixing colours and using colour in paintings.
- The Best Artist Guides for Mixing Colours
You know the principles about mixing colours - but you'd like more help - preferably in pictures. You want to know a lot more about the full range of colours produced when mixing colours.
- The Best Art Books - Composition and Design
Improve the composition and design of your drawings and paintings. Find out which are the best art books about composition and design for art students, leisure painters, artists and art teachers.
- How to draw and paint animals and birds
Find out about (1) the best books about drawing and painting animals and wildlife and (2) the best books about drawing birds - plus reviews.
- The Best Watercolour Painting Instruction Books
Do you need an instruction book about how to paint in watercolour? Do you want to develop your skills in painting with watercolour?
- The Best Books about Oil Painting
Do you need an instruction book about how to paint in oils? Want to develop your skills in painting with oils? Are you interested in knowing more about oil painting and oil painters? Find out about art instruction books and books about artists...
- Makingamark's Top 10 Fine Art Books
This listing of the best selling and top rated fine art books was completely reviewed and revised every single month up until the end of 2012.
- 20 NEW Books about Drawing in 2013
Are you learning how to draw or trying to improve your drawing? This site lists my recommendations for 20 NEW books about drawing in 2013
- 2013: Recommended NEW Books about Painting
Find out about all the NEW books about painting and painters which will be published in 2013 - in hardback, paperback and ebook editions.
- The Best Reference Books for Artists
Do you want to find out more about art and artists? Do you find 'artspeak' just plain confusing - and want to know what that art term means? Do you need a dictionary of artists? Do you want to identify an artist's signature?
Of course we can always order art books online - and there are several sites reference here which show you a curated collection of the best books about art
However where do you go if you want to see a book before you buy?
- Art Bookshops - Resources for Artists
This site is developing a list of good art bookshops. Starting with bookshops in LONDON, the intention is to identify other good bookshops in the UK and other countries
Art Instruction Books - Genre
A genre is a particular type or kind of art - these books are for people interested in one particular type of art
- The Best Botanical Art Instruction Books
Learn about botanical art and botanical illustration from the best botanical art instruction books, covering every aspect you need to know. Read reviews about which are the best botanical art instruction books
- The Best Books about Landscape Art
Do you want to learn about landscape art and how to paint landscapes? Do you want to find out which which are the best books about painting landscapes? Do you want to know more about famous landscape artists?
A Retired Art Teacher Tells All
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars by 9 customer reviews on Amazon.com
"A Retired Art Teacher Tells All is an educational guide and workbook with detailed tips for running a successful art classroom. It is a step-by-step lesson for teachers, with comprehensive instruction and thought-provoking questions intended for reader response"
Paperback: 322 pagesPublisher: iUniverse.com (September 2, 2010)
Art Colonies and Art Forums
Some artists like to work on their own, while others like to form groups. Besides Art Societies, there are also art colonies - which can be found across the world - and art forums - which are typically found online
- Art Colonies, Communities and Networks - Resources for Artists
Information about art colonies, art communities and art residencies and places where art groups are associated with a specific locality in the USA, UK, Europe...
- Art Forums - Resources for Artists
Find out about Art Forums and Art Groups on the Internet.For artists who want to commune online there are different places and communities which suit different people.
Art Holidays, Workshops and Courses
If you've ever thought about taking an art holiday - or maybe providing one - then this is the site for you
- Art Holidays - Resources for Artists
Have you ever thought booking a painting holiday? Maybe you'd like to improve on your experience last time? Or maybe you're an artist who is thinking about providing painting holidays or workshops and are wondering what you need to do.