About Artyfactory

What is Artyfactory?

Artyfactory is a website that offers free art and design lessons for all. You can teach yourself how to draw, paint and design by following our illustrated step by step instructions. We are building a growing resource of art lessons, art history notes, ideas and techniques designed to improve your artistic skills and to increase your enjoyment in creating artworks.

Who is Artyfactory?

Artyfactory is an expanding collection of art lessons that were designed, illustrated and written by myself, John MacTaggart, an art teacher from Glasgow, Scotland. I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 1974 and have more than thirty six years teaching experience at high school. Several years ago, I sat down with a library book to try to teach myself something about web design so that I could share my enthusiasm for art and design with a wider audience. Artyfactory is the result so far.

Artyfactory's Illustrated Lessons

Artyfactory places great importance on teaching art visually as opposed to verbally. We believe that artists teach themselves visually first and verbally second. This is why the visuals for each of our lessons are designed before the addition of any text. This ensures that they communicate the essence of the lesson in images alone. Step by step illustrations are used to capture the key stages of each lesson. We believe that our focus on the visual appeal of the site enhances its usability for a wider audience.

Although we emphasize the visual merits of Artyfactory, we also place great importance in the quality of the written content. The text and illustrations are created by the same person. This enables the author to more clearly communicate a hands-on experience of artistic techniques and understanding of the creative process. We also try to enhance the practical side of the work with appropriate background knowledge of its theme or some critical evaluation of the subject. Our growing Art Appreciation section can be used to expand the context of many of our lessons.

All our pages are optimized and validated to W3C standards. W3C XHTML 1.0

Your Comments and Suggestions

We would like the growth of Artyfactory to be guided by your needs. Our new art and design lessons are often shaped by the opinions you express. We are encouraged by your responses and look forward to hearing from you.

You can contact us with your comments, suggestions and questions at


Thank you,

John Mac Taggart