About How-To-Draw-And-Paint.Com

The Past

A little over 8 years I asked my Dad (Bob) to create some videos for an unknown website called YouTube.

Filmed on a camcorder with a lower resolution (literally!) than the Hello Kitty Camera I bought my 6 year old niece last month... and with worse audio than you can expect on a transatlantic Skype call... his first attempt still managed to get some great feedback.  

As Dad's YouTube popularity grew, I began to research the art instruction market - especially DVDs.

What I found was that virtually all of them, without exception, focused on painting full pictures. It was almost as though the artist was showing off, but with commentary! 

No one was breaking down the teaching of art into bite-sized component parts - something I knew was essential from my long-standing interest in accelerated learning.  

Maybe those artists thought it would break the 'flow' and 'continuity' of a piece. Or maybe they thought it would stifle our creativity. 

That's nonsense.

You learn a musical instrument by mastering individual notes and chords and chord progressions.

You learn a new sport by repeating small, isolated skills until they become comfortable.      

Then you can put the pieces together with 'flow'. Then you have the building blocks with which you can get 'creative'.

And it was with that basic philosophy that we created Watercolour Secrets - a set of DVDs that went on to become one of the widest selling watercolour courses in the world. 

The Number 1 Secret to Improving Your Artwork

The Present

Through this website and ArtTutor.com we now cover 6 mediums and a huge range of subject matter. 

We've enlisted the help of 30+ superb art instructors to deliver lessons on very specific topics - far more than we could ever cover on our own.

And more than ever before we focus on the core principles that allow anyone to become a great artist. Think about this for a second...

What makes a good artist while most people struggle?

Why is it a good artist can pick up watercolours... or pastels... or coloured pencils... or any other medium almost right away?

How come a good artist, who has still only ever drawn a tiny fraction of all the possible objects on earth, can draw anything you put in front of them first time? 

And how come a poor artist can spend years drawing and painting and not really improve? 

The answer has nothing to do with an unrepeatable natural talent that only a few a blessed at birth with.

It has everything to do with learning how to observe like an artist.

About Bob & Phil

Neither myself nor Bob have formal art qualifications (Bob is a qualified teacher though).  We're both completely self-taught. 

I am biased, but I have yet to meet anyone with a broader knowledge of art techniques and materials than Bob.  You'll be hard pressed to find to find an art teacher as passionate and as encouraging.

Bob specialises in watercolours, but he has excellent all-round drawing skills having illustrated for several publications in years gone by.

I'm fascinated by how people learn. This first came to through my Sports Science degree and studying for the great debate of nature vs nurture...

I'm firmly in the nurture camp. 

More and more research is showing that most of us have the capacity to become great at most things. Maybe not the best in the world, but certainly in the top 5%.

I've spent the last 3 years applying this to art.

Contributing Artists

We've been lucky enough to work closely with over 50 professional art tutors over the last 3 years. Here are some of them featured on ArtTutor.com...

Carole MasseyCarole Massey
Cath InglisCath Inglis
Geoff KerseyGeoff Kersey
Gill AdlingtonGill Adlington
Glynis Barnes-MellishGlynis Barnes-Mellish
James WillisJames Willis
Jane LazenbyJane Lazenby
John CoxJohn Cox
Jonathan NeweyJonathan Newey
Joanne ThomasJoanne Thomas
Lucy SomersLucy Somers
Marion DuttonMarion Dutton
Michael HowleyMichael Howley
Rob DudleyRob Dudley
Roy MundayRoy Munday
Siân DudleySiân Dudley
Sophie FurseSophie Furse
Will KempWill Kemp

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