Children's column: The seven-year etch

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Shaun Tan, the remarkable illustrator whose work is on display at the Illustration Cupboard until 21 June, and who appeared at the Hay Festival this year, told me last week that "most of the skills I use in my work I learned at high school". After that, he says he was mostly "self-taught", not least by looking at the work of fine artists in books, as well as by constant practice, though in fact in 1995 he graduated with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature from the University of Western Australia. His school art classes, in Perth, W.A., taught him all the techniques, from etching to oils, that are exemplified in his astonishingly skilled collection of stories and images, Tales From Outer Suburbia. ...

which leads Nicolette Jones on to a viewpoint about current approaches to art education.

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