List of Artists to Engage Boys in the Art Classroom


A question for you: How are you going to engage boys in art?

How do you engage boys in art?  Research shows that boys engage with art if you use the following themes and ways of working.  They are switched off by a limited diet of drawing, painting and writing about artists and engage with a broader curriculum.  Design, sculpture, sporting artists, graffiti and risk-taking can all engage boys.  Art teachers around the globe have found success with the following artists.  Of course, this isn’t a solution – just a little piece of the jigsaw puzzle! Each image is hyperlinked to a website or google search.






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Thank you to all the art teachers that have me collect together these artists.  The artists below were also mentioned for engaging boys in art:

Michael Landy, Urs Fischer, Rudolf Stingel, Rachel Whitehead, Peter Doig, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Robin Rohde, Damien Hirst, Andy Goldsworthy, Caravaggio (for his delightful murderous ways) Terry Crews, Kehinde Wiley, Paul Bracq, Dali, Picasso, Game Designers, Jason Heuser, Jamie Hewlett (Tank Girls and Gorillaz) Ai Weiwei, Supreme,  Huge (graffiti), Gaudi, Frank Lloyd Wright, Escher, Frazetta, Yves Klein, Conrad Jones, Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Takashi Murakami, Vanessa Beecroft, Nick Cave, Justin Bua, Frank Morrison, Alvin Burts, Marianne Brandt.

A huge amount of art teachers have visited this blog post about how to engage boys in art.  It’s a huge issue!  If you have any ideas to share, please comment below.

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To learn more about some of the artist above, take a look at the books below.  In order, there is Shepard Fairy, Banksy and Basquiat.



  1. I teach G1 – 4 and boys are the most creative and engaged students, the girls are just compliant. Particularly my G4 (there are only three girls in that class) is great, they ask questions, discuss art and participate in all activities, even if it’s fashion design. They love dinosaurs, superheroes, mythology or Minecraft and I tap into that.


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