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Art and Design

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The V&A Museum: a great place for inspiration

When in need of creative inspiration and ideas, I am often drawn to South Kensington to explore...
A-level Art

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Ways to Increase Artistic Ability

What a student does outside the classroom while studying art can be more vital to their artistic...
Art and Design

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Sketching quickly and accurately

The value of being able to sketch accurrately Sketching what we see is a fine art and skill. It...
Fine Art

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My essential Art book recommendations

There have been many books that throughout my own studies have stuck in my mind and that I...

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  • The Art of Calligraphy

    Nick Selensky Art and Design Teacher (Ipswich) Picture Time passes. The onset of the personal computer and mobile technology enables us to exchange information faster than ever before. Many, therefore, would assume that quills, dip pens, and other traditional methods of writing have become obsolete. But they would be very wrong in saying so, as this...
  • Art History Revision’s Secret Weapon

    Lucy Byford A-level Art Tutor (West London) Picture Most people studying Art History will be unwittingly doing so partly due to their visual memory. This is not to be confused with a fully photographic memory, but rather means that the brain responds more to visual stimuli, and that an image is more likely to remain vividly in the mind than other...
  • Modern art and my admiration of MC Escher

    Rigby: Royal College of art Art and Design Teacher (West London) Picture "A woman once rang me up and said, 'Mr Escher, I am absolutely crazy about your work. In your 'reptiles' you have given such a striking illustration of 'reincarnation'. I replied, 'Madam, if that' the way you see it, let it be it'." M.C Escher, 1964. Art, I believe, is firstly about certain...


  • GCSE & A Level Art Exam Results!

    Sonny Williams A-level Art Tutor (Redhill) Picture This year I only tutored two students who were taking exams (most of my students are adult learners and a few younger children).  One was taking GCSE Art and the other A Level Art.  I was both proud and relieved to find out that they both achieved A*!  The boy taking GCSE Art had been having...
  • History of Art, Suitable Texts & Vocabulary

    Sonny Williams A-level Art Tutor (Redhill) Picture The history of art is a huge subject and can seem overwhelming to many.  However, like anything, taken one step at a time, at the correct level, real confidence and knowledge can build rapidly and studying the subject can become a very enjoyable and enriching experience. The history of art can...
  • Home Schooling Art

    Sonny Williams A-level Art Tutor (Redhill) Picture Many parents now home school their children in the UK.  If done correctly to include all of the needed teaching and social activities it can be very successful.  And it can allow the freedom to focus upon subjects of particular interest. There are numerous organisations out there now who...