Art resources

Artistic Inspiration

The natural and built environment has inspired, painters, sculptors, designers and photographers both past and present.

French Impressionist Painter Claude Monet (1840-1926) painted The Water Lily Pond at his home in Giverny, North West of Paris many times during the last decades of his life. 

LS Lowry (1887 – 1976) captured industrial scenes, seascapes and landscapes of North West England where he lived.

David Hockney, English artist, photographer, draughtsman, set and costume designer drew inspiration from the East Yorkshire Wolds near his Bridlington home to create his giant and highly acclaimed landscape “The Bigger Picture

Tania Kovats, English artist and sculptor, is known for exploring our experience and understanding of landscape.

Visit our Ambassadors Gallery to find out about “Rivers” or view

Anya Gallaccio, Scottish installation artist, often uses natural organic materials as her medium -

Natural forms feature prominently across the product ranges created by Orla Kiely (Irish Contemporary Designer)

Andy Goldsworthy uses natural materials to create his works in the natural landscape see video link to view his Stone Coppice Installation at Jupiter Artland, near Edinburgh

These are just a few suggestions. For further ideas visit

The Campaign for Drawing

Artistic Inspiration

TEA (Thinking, Expression, Action) Drawing

Working with Ceramics

Inspiration on your Doorstep

Find out what art or photographic exhibitions are happening near you. There are lots of free events all over the country. Visit a local museum or gallery to view artworks at first hand. Take part in an artist, maker or designer workshop or event

Check out activities organised by our Partners under Who’s Involved or the Events Calendar.