Who was Jon Gnagy?

By Gwylym Owen

Jon Gnagy (January 13, 1907 – March 7, 1981) was a self-taught performer most remembered for monster America’s native television art instructor, hosting You Are an Artist, which began upon the NBC network and included analysis of paintings from the Museum of Modern Art, and his far along syndicated Learn to Draw series.

As of 1986, over fifteen million of Gnagy’s drawing kits had been sold.

The Philadelphia-based Martin F. Weber Company still manufactures Gnagy’s drawing kits.

Gnagy as a consequence worked on book illustrations including The Coit Fishing Pole Club Beginner’s Book of Fishing and The Nature of Things.

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