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DK Art School: An Introduction to Art Techniques (1995)

by Dorling Kindersley

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I was required to take an art appreciation class in college to graduate--and I loved it! It brought back my earlier days when I used to love to draw (and even won second prize in an inter-school city-wide art contest.) So next I took a course on painting at the university--only to be bitterly disappointed. We weren't taught technique. No siree. We were told to paint a banana, then our teacher went around and when she got to me told me I should use purple or something! Use my imagination! This is why you can go to museums and see paint splatters hung up as art. So then I went out and bought this--and this I was pleased with. Because it covers all sorts of tools, materials and techniques not dreamed of by high school (and it seems college) art teachers: Drawing, Perspective, Watercolor, Oil Painting, Acrylics, Mixed Media. Sure, this lends itself to both traditional and modern styles--but if you're going to make your banana purple, at least you'll better know your options! ( )
  LisaMaria_C | Sep 15, 2013 |
This has good coverage of many different types of art media but it is very general. For beginners or people who want to experiment with a different type of art media it can be interesting and useful. ( )
  janepriceestrada | Jun 17, 2008 |
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A comprehensive guide for the enthusiastic beginner and the experienced artist alike, An Introduction to Art Techniques embraces seven basic elements of art technique in one comprehensive volume. The subjects included are Drawing, Perspective, Watercolor, Pastels, Oil Painting, Acrylics, and Mixed Media. Easy--to--follow projects ---- from drawing natural forms to creating a photo collage ---- teach you all the essentials of each subject and inspire you to go on to master more complex techniques. Close--up, step--by--step photographs show artworks being created before your eyes, revealing the secrets of how professional artists produce their work. Art Techniques offers the widest choice of specific subjects ---- from mixing watercolors to block printmaking, from tonal drawing to oil painting in layers. You will find clear, authoritative text written by artists who specialize in each particular medium.

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Illustrating a complete range of art techniques through full-color, step-by-step photographs, this elaborately instructional art book covers figure drawing, watercolor, and oil painting, with a focus on the effect each has on the artwork as a whole. This holistic approach is apparent throughout the massive volume. It is an invaluable way to teach art, providing both practice and theory. The reproductions of fine art that accompany each large section provide creative and inspirational stimuli to lead the artist through this volume's extensive scope.… (more)

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