Articles for Art Students

This collection of articles is designed to help high school Art students excel. Written by experienced Art teachers and students who have gained exceptional results, these articles compile tips, best practice and helpful learning strategies. Our material has been linked to by leading educational institutions (read more on our About page) and helps high school students all over the world. To navigate these articles and find what you are looking for, please use the menu bar in the left-hand column (or at the bottom of the screen on mobile). Alternatively, you may wish to browse our most popular, recommended and recent articles below.

Most Popular Articles

100+ Creative photography ideas: techniques, compositions and mixed media approaches. This is our most comprehensive photography resource. It has been shared 128,000 times on Pinterest.

Creative sketchbook examples to inspire Art students. This is part of our popular sketchbook series (see how to create an amazing high school Art sketchbook, textiles and fashion design sketchbooks, sculpture and 3D design sketchbooks, graphic design sketchbooks and photography sketchbook ideas). This article has been shared 126,000 times on Pinterest.

Line Drawing: a guide for Art students. One of our initial comprehensive teaching resources, this article is linked to by many high school Art departments. It has been shared over 90,000 times on Pinterest.

One point perspective drawing: The ultimate guide. This article is packed with free printable teaching resources and is used by many high school Art departments. It is only a few months old, but is already third most visited article on our website.

150+ Art careers – the ultimate list. Illustrating the wide range of art-related occupations that are available, this article contains a careers poster and quotes from people in different creative industries.

50+ Still life drawing ideas. This article provides drawing ideas for teachers and students and is packed with student and artist examples.

How to make an art portfolio for college or university: One of the longest articles on this website, at 9,000 words, this guide is packed with advice from leading art and design schools around the world.

50+ awesome Art competitions for high school students. This is a new but very popular article!

Recommended Articles

If you are new to this website, you may wish to start with the articles below:

Why Art students should have their own website (and how to make one). This article describes how to make a wordpress website (like the Student Art Guide) and explains why having your own website is crucial for anyone who wishes to have a creative career.

How to create an excellent observational drawing: 11 tips for high school Art students. This is a fundamental article for those who are required to produce realistic drawings as part of their high school Art course.

Awesome Art project ideas: a guide to subject matter selection. Many students who stumble upon the Student Art Guide do so while looking for great ideas for their high school Art projects. This article outlines how to come up with these and how to work out which ideas are worth pursuing.

How to develop your ideas. This is a guide to development in a visual art project – an area where many students go wrong.

How to make your Art project exciting: Inventive use of media for Painting students. This is a series of articles aimed at introducing students to a range of new exciting drawing surfaces, mediums and mixed media techniques. Subsequent articles discuss painting on a ground; ‘Beyond the Brush‘ illustrates creative methods of applying mediums to an artwork.

How to paint and draw faster: 15 tips for high school Art students. Struggling to keep up with the workload is a common issue for many Art students – especially those who work with a detailed, realistic technique. This article explains how to work faster!


Latest Articles

Our most recent articles are listed below:


This article lists still life ideas for teachers or students who are stuck or in need of inspiration. The collection includes tried and true favourites that have been used by Art teachers for generations, as well as more unusual and contemporary still life topics.

What should be in an art school application portfolio? How do you present a portfolio? What gives you the best chance of being accepted by the art school of your dreams? This article explains how to make an art portfolio for college or university and is packed with tips from leading art and design school admissions staff from around the world.