Art History Notes

Art History - background notes for school teachers

Art history is an important element of the art education of children because it explains why artists do what they do. Here you’ll find biographies of many famous artists and brief histories of many art movements such as Fauvism, Post Impressionism and Expressionism, amongst others.

The following art histories will be relevant to students studying GCSE and ‘A Level’ Art courses. Teachers teaching art in primary / elementary schools will also find the information useful as background knowledge when teaching art.




Great Painters

Click each famous artist for their outline biography plus a number of images of their most famous paintings. Some artists also have links to How to Draw videos that relate to the artist’s work or videos of their life stories, which will bring the artists to life. All art tutorials are suitable for use in school.

New to teaching Art or combining art history into your art lesson? The following articles might be useful:

Art Movements

Art history knowledge enhances art teaching because it brings art to life Here you’ll find lots of interesting stuff about art movements, their aims, achievements and how they influenced art history in general. Typical paintings from the art movements are also provided.

Some children feel apprehensive about art because they feel they haven’t the ability. Prove them wrong with great tips from these articles.

Check out my YouTube Channel for easy drawing and painting tutorials designed for beginners and children