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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 responsive, optimized and validated to W3C standards for HTML5.

Privacy Policy


At, the privacy of our visitors is of extreme importance to us. This privacy policy document outlines the types of personal information that is received and collected by and how it is used.


Google Advertising Cookies

In order to keep Artyfactory a completely free resource, we run Google Ads to fund the hosting and maintenance of the site. We are aware that schools and younger people use Artyfactory and consequently we have filtered the banners that we display. If however, there are any adverts that you consider unsuitable, please do not hesitate to inform us so that we may take appropriate action.

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on

Google's use of the DART cookie enables it to serve ads to users based on their visit to and other sites on the Internet.

Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google ad and content network privacy policy.

Some of our advertising partners may use cookies and web beacons on our site. Our advertising partners include Google Adsense. These third-party ad servers or ad networks use technology for the advertisements and links that appear on sent directly to your browsers. They automatically receive your IP address when this occurs. Other technologies ( such as cookies, JavaScript, or Web Beacons ) may also be used by the third-party ad networks to measure the effectiveness of their advertisements and/or to personalize the advertising content that you see. has no access to or control over these cookies that are used by third-party advertisers. You should consult the respective privacy policies of these third-party ad servers for more detailed information on their practices as well as for instructions about how to opt-out of certain practices.


Google Analytics

We measure visitors to Artyfactory using Google Analytics. This records what pages you view within our site, how you arrived at our site and some basic information about your computer. All of that information is anonymous – so we don’t know who you are; just that somebody visited our site. We take great care to keep your information safe and we will never share it with others without your express permission.

The information we collect from analytics helps us understand what parts of our sites are doing well, how people arrive at our site and so on. Like most websites, we use this information to make our website better.

You can learn more about how Google uses your data or opt out if you wish.


Facebook, Twitter and other social networks

Some 3rd parties like Facebook and Twitter may know you visited this website, if you use their services. We can’t control them but we don’t believe this knowledge poses any threat to you. As our website is inoffensive we imagine this is not a concern for most users.


External Links

Sometimes Artyfactory links to external sites for further background information on a topic. We do not link to external sites in return for cash, services or any other consideration in kind.

Although we take care only to link to reputable sites, we cannot be responsible for the actions of other web sites. If you have any doubts about visiting our links, please read or inquire about their privacy policy.

Copyright Policy


All the text, graphics and design are the copyrighted property of Written consent must be obtained for the commercial reproduction and printing of any of the materials herein.


Linking Policy

Thank you to all who link to Artyfactory. We really appreciate your links which help to maintain Artyfactory as a free educational resource.


Using Our Images

If you wish to use an image from Artyfactory please observe these basic rules:

  • Ask permission.

  • Please do not link directly to the image (hotlinking) as this uses up bandwidth on our server.

  • Copy the image to your site and use it on your own server.

  • Please provide an obvious and appropriate hypertext link back to us.

    (hotlinking): This is bandwidth theft by direct linking to a web site's files (images, video, etc.). When you view a web page, you are using that site's bandwidth to display the files. Since web hosts charge based on the amount of data transferred, bandwidth is an issue. If a site is over its monthly bandwidth, it's billed for the extra data or taken offline. A simple analogy for 'hotlinking': Imagine a random stranger plugging into your electrical supply, using your electricity without your consent, and you paying for it.


Contact Us

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.

If you have any questions regarding please contact us at:

Thank you,

John MacTaggart