Short Artist Videos

10 Amazing Facts you did not know about these Great Artists

Do you need a short introduction to an artist’s life, maybe as a starting point for an art workshop? Or perhaps as an introduction to a practical art lesson?
These art tutorials are all less than 10 minutes in length, but cover the principle aspects of the artist’s life in a way children will understand. Why not have a look at one now?




Vincent Van Gogh

This short art history video covers 10 important incidents in the life of the artist Vincent Van Gogh. Van Gogh’s started life as a teacher, an art dealer and a preacher before he started painting which wasn’t until he reached the age of 27. The video discusses the infamous ear cutting episode, the reason behind the creation of the sunflower paintings and his mental decline, plus much more.

Claude Monet

This art video explores the long and interesting life of Claude Monet, the French Impressionist painter. The video covers many elements of Monet’s life from his early caricatures created in school in Le Havre in the 1850’s, through the great Impressionist era of the 1870’s to his great water lily paintings produced in Giverny during the last 30 years of his life.

Pablo Picasso

This video explores some of the fascinating aspects of Pablo Picasso’s long life. He was a child prodigy – he could draw and paint brilliantly – completing 5 years at art school by the age of 18. The video discusses his paintings, Guernica in particular, and his female companions such as Olga Khokhlova, before briefly discussing his Blue Period and Cubism and why Picasso is regarded as a genius.

Henri Matisse

This art video about the French artist and painter Henri Matisse, covers 10 important aspects of his life. He got into painting late, after training at Law School, taking three attempts to get into the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. His meeting with Andre Derain and Maurice Vlaminck led to the creation of Fauvism. His paintings are comfortable, colourful and easy on the eye. Later in life he produced cutouts, that we see today as amazing collages.

Wassily Kandinsky

This tutorial covers 10 important elements of the life of Kandinsky from becoming a Law professor to his move into the arts. His meeting with Gabriele Münter, his investigations into colour and his move towards abstraction and abstract art are discussed. The influence of music on his painting is explained and his work with the Blue Rider, together with his teaching at the Bauhaus, are all covered before his death in obscurity in 1944.

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