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Artist Studies

Artists Studies

Art movements are significant groups or periods in art that have significantly influenced visual culture. As part of the art curriculum, our artists gain knowledge of the techniques, materials and processes that different artists use. By learning the history of art across the ages, making connections between ancient, traditional, modern and contemporary art forms our artists can consider the deeper meaning behind the movement or period and how it can relate to their own lives.

Below are the artist who inspire our art curriculum. 

Andy Goldsworthy

Period: Contemporary Art

Date: 1956-Present

Location: England

Medium: Sculpture / Photography

Andy Goldsworthy is a British artist, photographer and environmentalist. Andy Goldsworthy art encompasses site-specific sculptures (artwork exhibited in a specific location) and land art (art made directly in a landscape) for both natural and urban environments.



Goldsworthy constructs his art from natural resources like rocks, ice and leaves, aware that the passing of time and exposure to the elements will alter his work.

He believes that the primary function of his work is not artistic, but rather a process by which we can better understand the finite nature of phenomena.

Andy Warhol

Period: Modern Art - Pop Art

Date: 1928-1987

Location: America

Medium: Paint / Print

 Andy Warhol was part of the pop art movement. Warhol was gay and expressed his identity through his life and art. During his lifetime being gay was illegal in the United States. He is famous for exploring popular culture in his work. Popular culture is anything from Coca Cola to pop stars to the clothes people like to wear.


Warhol liked to use bright colours and silk screening techniques. Warhol liked making prints because it meant he could create multiples of the same image. Screen-printing is a printing process that can create lots of artworks that look the same.

Sometimes Warhol would switch colours around and present a group of prints with contrasting colours together.

Anna Atkins

Period: Traditional Art

Date: 1799-1871

Location: England

Medium: Photography / Drawing

Anna Atkins was an English botanist and photographer. She was the first person to illustrate a book with photographic images. Prior to pursuing her botanical interests, in her early twenties she completed scientifically accurate drawings of shells.

Atkins used cyanotypes (a photographic printing process, which produces prints that are blue) to illustrate books about algae. The use of light exposure and a simple chemical process created impressively detailed blueprints of botanical specimens.

Anni Abers

Period: Modern Art

Date: 1899- 1994

Location: Germany

Medium: Textiles  

Anni Albers was a German artist. Albers was interested in old methods of weaving. She used looms to make many of her textile designs. A loom is a piece of equipment used to make fabrics. It weaves threads over and under other threads to create the textile. There are different kinds and shapes of looms and Albers usually used a large one to hand-weave her fabrics.

Anni Albers thought that people had forgotten about their sense of touch. Today, a  lot of objects are made by machines. This means that we don’t have to use our hands as much as we used to. She liked to make artworks that tickle our sense of touch and make us want to feel them.

Barbara Hepworth

Period: Modern Art

Date: 1903-1975

Location: England

Medium: Sculpture

Instead of making art that looked like people or things, Hepworth began to make sculptures and drawings using abstract shapes. She was inspired by nature and the world around her. Hepworth said the holes in her sculptures showed the insides of the sculpture as well as the outside. It also let light through heavy blocks of stone, wood and metal.

Hepworth often made sculptures with separate parts that sit together. She liked the relationships between the individual forms and shapes, and how these can change when you arrange them.

Edward Tingatinga

Period: Modern Art

Date: 1931-1972

Location: Tanzania

Medium: Paint

Edward Tingatinga was a Tanzanian artist that created simple, brightly coloured paintings on old ceiling tiles which he sold to tourists. His work was so successful that many others copied his style and it became known as Tingatinga art.

Edward Tingatinga painted pictures of African wildlife in a simple style, similar to that found on traditional mud huts. Tingatinga art continues to be very popular. A children’s television series based on African folk tales used its style and even took its name -Tinga Tinga Tales!

Frida Kahlo

Period: Modern Art – Surrealism

Date: 1907–1954

Location: Mexico

Medium: Paint

When she was 18, she had a terrible bus accident, which left her with lots of injuries. During her time in bed, Frida would draw to help keep her mind busy and pass the time. She couldn’t see very much from her bed, so she had a mirror placed on the ceiling and drew and painted a lot of self-portraits.


Frida included lots of bright colours in her self-portraits, reminding us of the vibrant

colours of the hot country where she lived. She also included lots of tropical

flowers and animals such as monkeys and beautiful birds.

Georgia O'Keeffe

Period: Modern Art – Surrealism

Date: 1887- 1986

Location: America

Medium: Paint

Georgia O'Keeffe was an American artist who painted nature in a way that showed how it made her feel. She is best known for her paintings of flowers and desert landscapes. Her unique and new way of painting nature, simplifying its shapes and forms meant that she was called a pioneer.


Art in the 1920s was exciting. Artists didn’t just want to show how something looked but were using colours, shapes and brush-marks in unexpected ways to express meanings, ideas and feelings. This encouraged Georgia to develop her own unique style – a combination of abstract and realistic.

Henri Matisse

Period: Modern Art – Abstract

Date: 1869 - 1954

Location: France

Medium: Paint / Collage

At the beginning of his career, Matisse focused on painting landscapes and still-life in a traditional style. Matisse’s style evolved and he began to use strong colours and started to produce work influenced by the impressionist movement.

Matisse started to create large scale cut paper collages. He called the technique ‘painting with scissors’. He used brightly coloured paper and scissors to cut out shapes, animals, leaves, dancers and flowers and then arrange them.

Jackson Pollock

Period: Modern Art – Abstract

Date: 1912 -1956

Location: America

Medium: Paint

Jackson Pollock was an abstract expressionist artist.

His paintings were non-representational, meaning they didn't look like anything. Instead, he tried to show emotions, like happiness or anger, in the expressive marks that they made in their drawings, paintings and sculptures.

Pollock was known for his "drip paintings" where he would splatter, splash, and pour paint directly onto his canvas while it was flat on the ground. He enjoyed listening to music. Some people think that his paintings have a rhythm to them like music.

J. M. W. Turner

Period: Traditional Art - Realism

Date: 1775- 1851

Location: England

Medium: Paint / Drawing  

Turner was a landscape painter, traveller, poet and teacher. One of the reasons that Turner was so extraordinary was because he liked to draw and paint out in the open. This was unusual in Turner’s day as most artists painted in their studios. Turner took his sketchbooks, canvases and his paints out with him every day and painted what he saw.


Turner drew and painted at different times of the day and in all weathers. He painted sunrises, sunsets, mist, rain and snow; which is why he is sometimes called 'the painter of light'. Turner is known as a Romantic artist. Romantic artists wanted to experience the terrible beauty of nature.

L.S Lowry

Period: Modern Art - Naïve

Date: 1887-1976

Location: England

Medium:  Paint / Drawing

Laurence Stephen Lowry was an English artist. His drawings and paintings mainly depict Lancashire, where he lived and worked for more than 40 years. Lowry is famous for painting scenes of life in the industrial districts of North West England in the mid-20th century.


He developed a distinctive style of painting and is best known for his urban landscapes peopled with human figures, often referred to as "matchstick men".

Maurizio Anzeri

Period: Contemporary Art

Date: 1969-Presenet

Location: Italy / Lodon

Medium: Photography / Textiles

Maurizio Anzeri  explores the connection between the soul and the body. Through the use of embroidery, intricately applied to vintage black and white photographs, the artist transforms two-dimensional prints into three-dimensional works of art.


This practice, which involves the use of color and design, and the use of applied arts as a drawing tool, allows him to erase the anonymity of the figures, thus hinting to their inner thoughts and feelings.

Michael Johnson & Hilary Cartmel

Period: Contemporary Art

Location: England

Medium: Sculpture / Paint / Print / Drawing


Michael Johnson & Hilary Cartmel are local artists. Togther they have developed a derelict 18th century Dovecot in their yard into an exhibition space and from which to run workshops.

Vincent van Gogh

Period: Modern Art – Impressionism

Date: 1853-1890

Location: Netherlands

Medium: Paint

Since his death, Vincent Van Gogh has become one of the most successful painters in history. People across the world have admired his unique style. If you look closely at his paintings, the brushstrokes are broken up. It is as if you can see each time Van Gogh put his brush on the canvas.

Van Gogh liked to paint the places he visited and portraits. Van Gogh painted portraits of many different people he met, but he really liked painting portraits of himself. He made over 30 self-portraits.

Wassily Kandinsky

Period: Modern Art – Abstract

Date: 1866–1944

Location: Russia

Medium: Paint

Kandinsky thought a lot about what colours mean and how they make people feel. He believed that colours had a soul.

Often Kandinsky would listen to music while he painted and try to paint what he heard.

He was one of the first painters to stop painting pictures of things and instead paint just using colours and shapes. He believed that this let him paint honestly about his feelings.


William Morris

Period: Traditional Art

Date: 1834-1896

Location: England

Medium:  Textile

William Morris was a British textile designer, poet, artist, novelist, architectural conservationist, printer, translator and socialist activist. A key figure in the Arts & Crafts Movement, Morris championed a principle of handmade production that didn't chime with the Victorian era's focus on industrial 'progress'.


Morris had a great impact on the decoration of churches and houses in the early 20th century. Morris's major contribution was as a designer of repeating patterns for wallpapers and textiles. This was mainly based on a close observation of nature.


Yayoi Kusama

Period: Contemporary Art

Date: 1929-Present

Location: Japan

Medium: Paint / Drawing / Sculpture

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is sometimes called ‘the princess of polka dots'. She is well known for her repeating dot patterns, her art uses a variety of media, including painting, drawing, sculpture, film, performance and immersive installation.

Kusama began painting as a child. At about the same time she began experiencing hallucinations that often involved fields of dots. By adding all-over marks and dots to her paintings, drawings, objects and clothes she feels as if she is making them (and herself) melt into, and become part of, the bigger universe.

Other Art Inspiring In Our Curriculum


Anglo Saxon Jewellery


Ashlie Urquhart

Bhimbetka Cave Paintings, India

Cave of the Hands in Santa Cruz, Argentina

Claude Monet

Danielle Vaughan

David Shepherd

Eileen Downes

Frank Bowling

Gillian Ayres

Georges Seurat

Greek Statues

Helen Brown

Henri Rousseau

Houses, Bison And Rhinoceroses in Chauvet Cave, France

Howardena Pindell

Indian Textiles

Jenny King
John Macallan Swan

Kate Fortin

Kay Sekimachi

Kevin Hunter

Kirstie Taylor

Laura Selevos

Lena Smirnova

Lion Man in Stadel Cave in Germany


Mayan Chac Mool

Mehndi Henna


Michelle Reader

Moira Stark

Nick Rowland
Olympia Hostler

Patrick Heron

Paul Klee

Rangoli Patterns

Roy Lichtenstein
Thomas Gainsborough

Tzolk'in Calendar

Zoe Elizabeth Norman