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Drawing Essentials
Author: Deborah A. Rockman
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Release Date: 2011-12-02
ISBN 10: 9780199758944
Pages: 415 pages
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Drawing Essentials Book Summary : An exceptional, all-in-one resource on basic drawing (non-subject specific), figure drawing, and perspective, with more than 500 color and black-and-white illustrations by both students and professionals, Drawing Essentials: A Guide to Drawing from Observation thoroughly covers the drawing elements that are most important at the foundation level. Award-winning artist, teacher, and author Deborah Rockman explains clearly and in depth what is essential to depicting form and space on a two-dimensional surface. Addressing and illustrating studio experiences that are not effectively dealt with in other drawing books, the text elucidates such fundamental (yet challenging) concepts and methods as sighting, scaling techniques, meaningful and descriptive line variation, observation and development of tonal structure, creation of interesting and instructive still lifes, the conceptual impact of still-life objects, the unique challenges of the human figure and portraiture, basic and advanced perspective systems, brainstorming and the generation of ideas, and the use of photographs as reference. Throughout, the author focuses on the cultivation of observational skills, increased sensitivity, critical thinking, technical refinement, and knowledge of materials. This second edition includes an entirely new chapter on color theory and color drawing (with nearly 50 full color illustrations), a division of the perspective chapter into two (the second covering more advanced techniques), new and updated illustrations throughout, 27 color additions to the gallery of contemporary drawings in the Appendix, and a new Glossary of Art Terms.

Drawing from Observation  Reprint
Author: Brian Curtis, Professor
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Release Date: 2009-05-22
ISBN 10: 9780077356279
Pages: 336 pages
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Drawing from Observation Reprint Book Summary : Perceptual drawing, in which one renders the physical world as it appears to an observer, is the focus of this new text for the introductory drawing course. With an emphasis on progressive skill development, Drawing from Observation offers a balanced mix of hands-on technique and perceptual theory while making a compelling argument for the long-term value of studying perception-based drawing.

Drawing from Observation
Author: Brian Curtis
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities, Social Sciences & World Languages
Release Date: 2002
ISBN 10: 9780072410242
Pages: 324 pages
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Drawing from Observation Book Summary : Perceptual drawing, in which one renders the physical world as it appears to an observer, is the focus of this new text for the introductory drawing course. Drawing from Observation offers a balanced mix of hands-on technique and perceptual theory while making a compelling argument for the long-term value of studying perception-based drawing.

Drawing Made Easy
Author: Robbie Lee
Publisher: Impact
Release Date: 2018-07-31
ISBN 10: 9781440352904
Pages: 128 pages
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Drawing Made Easy Book Summary : In the same easy to understand and fun to experience style as Perspective Made Easy, Robbie Lee shows readers, step by step, the basic drawing skills they need to build a successful base on which to build any style of drawing expertise. With a fun robot as their guide, readers will experience immediate success as they follow along with more than 20 step-by-step demonstrations and 30 lessons on topics such as the drawing process, perspective, drawing people, and drawing scenes. The book also broaches the differences in drawing methods: spontaneous drawing, drawing from observation, and drawing from your imagination. The simple language and graphic novel approach makes it all fun and easy.

Observational Drawing
Author: Joseph Podlesnik
Publisher: Tempe Digital
Release Date: 2017-08-17
ISBN 10: 0986163759
Pages: 124 pages
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Observational Drawing Book Summary : Observational Drawing by Joseph Podlesnik is a practical guide to the basic language of drawing. Written in a clear style, this textbook explores both intuitive and analytical approaches to drawing. The book employs a highly visual design with numerous illustrations and contemporary drawings that connect theory with practice. Observational Drawing has been written for anyone interested in the essential role of drawing in the visual arts. The book provides useful insight for beginning students and practicing professionals alike. Drawing from observation is a vital skill for any creative field, including fine art, graphic design, advertising, illustration, animation, and interior design. Observational Drawing is an essential addition to any art and design library. TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter 1 – Drawing Chapter 2 – Media Chapter 3 – Mechanics Chapter 4 – Mindset Chapter 5 – Gesture Chapter 6 – Line Chapter 7 – Contour Chapter 8 – Sighting Chapter 9 – Geometrics Chapter 10 – Value Chapter 11 – Space Chapter 12 – Motif

Drawing  Seeing and Observation
Author: Ian Simpson
Publisher: A&C Black
Release Date: 2003-10-31
ISBN 10: 9780713668780
Pages: 208 pages
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Drawing Seeing and Observation Book Summary : Ian Simpson's clear systematic approach to all aspects of drawing provides a comprehensive drawing course, ideal for both beginners and for those with considerable experience who want to re-examine the fundamentals. Illustrated, and with many suggestions for practical work, this book also offers teachers at all levels a ready-made instruction programme which progresses from basic drawing problems to the development of personal style.

Observational Sketching
Author: Mariko Higaki
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
Release Date: 2020-01-07
ISBN 10: 1631598880
Pages: 128 pages
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Observational Sketching Book Summary : Learn to draw by sketching what surrounds you everyday. In Observational Sketching, author Mariko Higaki—an ISDA Gold Award–winning industrial designer based in Japan—teaches you how to practice and learn to sketch by using well-established observational techniques. Perspective, proportion, lines, shapes, shading, and many other techniques can be learned through everyday practice and observation of the items you come in contact with everyday, from a backpack to your sunglasses. This book addresses how to approach sketching a range of shapes and materials and how to disassemble each object to accurately capture its unique design elements. Inspiration and examples from the author and other well-known artists accompany a variety of projects that you can try right away and skill-building projects that will strengthen your talent. Find within: An introduction to observational sketching The basic concepts and tools used in observational sketching Observation techniques Illustrated step-by-step instructions for creating observational sketches of 20 common objects, from a alarm clock to a wooden stool Hone your artistic skills with this daily sketching practice. Whether you are an urban sketcher or an industrial designer, this books should be part of your reference collection.

Drawing the Nude
Author: Stuart Elliot
Publisher: Crowood
Release Date: 2014-10-31
ISBN 10: 1847978258
Pages: 144 pages
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Drawing the Nude Book Summary : Drawing the Nude presents an exciting approach to drawing the human body. Divided into three parts, on structure, anatomy and observation, it introduces a set of principles and develops a treasury of ideas for the artist to follow. Whilst recognizing the importance of observation, it focuses more on a conceptual understanding of the construction of the body in anatomical terms. In doing so, it encourages the cultivation of more informed observation and accommodates those who work from memory, imagination and invention. Contents: the drawing of elementary forms that can then be distorted, transformed and combined, leading on to compound forms; explains the use of light and shadows to express form; explains the gesture of the figure through short drawings that analyse the flow of movement through the body; studies the musculo-skeletal form and provides a set of tools for analysing its parts; uses direct and concise drawings, alongside images of digital sculptures of human anatomy; gives practical instruction relevant to both the novice and the experienced figure artist, as well as those working within the visual effects and game industries.Superbly illustrated with 199 images that include digital sculptures of human anatomy and concise drawings.

Keys to Drawing
Author: Bert Dodson
Publisher: Penguin
Release Date: 1990-08-15
ISBN 10: 1440308675
Pages: 224 pages
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Keys to Drawing Book Summary : Anyone who can hold a pencil can learn to draw. In this book, Bert Dodson shares his complete drawing system—fifty-five "keys" that you can use to render any subject with confidence, even if you're a beginner. These keys, along with dozens of practice exercises, will help you draw like an artist in no time. You'll learn how to: Restore, focus, map, and intensify Free your hand action, then learn to control it Convey the illusions of light, depth, and texture Stimulate your imagination through "creative play"

Mary Newcomb
Author: Tessa Newcomb,William Packer
Publisher: Lund Humphries Publishers Limited
Release Date: 2018-03-09
ISBN 10: 9781848222953
Pages: 144 pages
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Mary Newcomb Book Summary : On New Year's Day 1986, encouraged by her dealer Andras Kalman, artist Mary Newcomb, then aged 64, began to keep a diary. She wrote in its opening pages: "I wanted [...] to remind ourselves that--in our haste--in this century--we may not give time to pause and look--and may pass on our way unheeding." This beautiful new book, compiled by the artist's daughter and grandson, reveals Mary Newcomb as an acute observer of her surroundings, reproducing her copious sketches alongside more finished paintings and short diary extracts to draw out the many themes which preoccupied her throughout her career as an artist. Mary Newcomb's world was rural East Anglia, where she managed a small mixed farm with her husband Godfrey Newcomb. The working life of the countryside engrossed her quite as much as the cycle of nature: she noticed and relished everything, with as keen an eye for the color of the bridesmaids' dresses at a wedding as for the yellow and brown of a dragonfly's body. Mary's daughter Tessa Newcomb, also an artist, introduces the key themes of the book with short texts which provide fascinating insight into her mother's world. A reflective introductory essay by art critic William Packer considers Mary Newcomb's written diary observations alongside the poetic language of her art.

The Art of Noticing
Author: Rob Walker
Publisher: Knopf
Release Date: 2019
ISBN 10: 0525521240
Pages: 256 pages
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The Art of Noticing Book Summary : "A handsome, beautifully produced compilation of meditations and exercises to inspire us to find joy and expand the ways we engage with the people and places, the objects and tasks we encounter in our everyday lives"--

Slow Looking
Author: Shari Tishman
Publisher: Routledge
Release Date: 2017-10-12
ISBN 10: 1315283794
Pages: 156 pages
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Slow Looking Book Summary : Slow Looking provides a robust argument for the importance of slow looking in learning environments both general and specialized, formal and informal, and its connection to major concepts in teaching, learning, and knowledge. A museum-originated practice increasingly seen as holding wide educational benefits, slow looking contends that patient, immersive attention to content can produce active cognitive opportunities for meaning-making and critical thinking that may not be possible though high-speed means of information delivery. Addressing the multi-disciplinary applications of this purposeful behavioral practice, this book draws examples from the visual arts, literature, science, and everyday life, using original, real-world scenarios to illustrate the complexities and rewards of slow looking.

The Artful Parent
Author: Jean Van't Hul
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Release Date: 2019-10-01
ISBN 10: 0834842637
Pages: 296 pages
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The Artful Parent Book Summary : Bring out your child’s creativity and imagination with more than 60 artful activities in this completely revised and updated edition Art making is a wonderful way for young children to tap into their imagination, deepen their creativity, and explore new materials, all while strengthening their fine motor skills and developing self-confidence. The Artful Parent has all the tools and information you need to encourage creative activities for ages one to eight. From setting up a studio space in your home to finding the best art materials for children, this book gives you all the information you need to get started. You’ll learn how to: * Pick the best materials for your child’s age and learn to make your very own * Prepare art activities to ease children through transitions, engage the most energetic of kids, entertain small groups, and more * Encourage artful living through everyday activities * Foster a love of creativity in your family

Three Art Assessments
Author: Rawley A. Silver
Publisher: Psychology Press
Release Date: 2002
ISBN 10: 9781583913529
Pages: 315 pages
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Three Art Assessments Book Summary : Art can be an invaluable means of communication. It can bypass language and impairment and allow for the expression of thoughts or feelings too difficult to communicate with words. In The Silver Drawing Test and Draw a Story, Rawley Silver draws on her years of experience using therapeutic art with hearing-impaired children, stroke patients, and others with learning disabilities or emotional disturbances. The book's original art assessments use stimulus drawings to elicit responses that provide access to a patient's emotions and attitudes toward themselves and others, while also testing for the ability to solve problems and convey ideas. Offering tools to assess cognitive skills that often escape detection on verbal tests of intelligence or achievement, the book helps in identifying those at risk for violent behavior or masked depression. Thoroughly updated from Silver's earlier works, this new book includes techniques to assess aggression and depression that may lead to violence in schools and suicide among children and adolescents. It also addresses important gender and age differences, incorporating new information and updated studies, and it offers an in-depth look at the developmental procedures involved in these art assessments. As education for mental health professionals now includes art therapy more regularly, Silver has provided an invaluable resource for assessing emotional and cognitive content.

A Clumsy Encounter
Author: Claire Penketh
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
Release Date: 2011-11-16
ISBN 10: 9460914578
Pages: 191 pages
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A Clumsy Encounter Book Summary : A Clumsy Encounter offers an interrogation of inclusive education by exploring the point at which dyspraxia and drawing from observation meet within formal learning environments. Drawing on stories of individual experience, this book seeks to promote the interrogation of implicit educational practices. Here the complexity of observational drawing is examined not within a closed community of art education but within the social and cultural domain of other critical debates within education, specifically those related to inclusion. Pupils do not experience inclusion and exclusion in the abstract but through discipline-based and situated practices. This book aims to explore this complexity and disrupt approaches that might seek to rationalise and compartmentalise educational experience. A Clumsy Encounter reflects a cross-disciplinary perspective and will be of interest to academics, professionals and practitioners interested in the nature, role and value of art education as well as those with a particular interest in dyspraxia. It will also be of particular relevance to those concerned with hearing the voices of pupil experience of inclusive and exclusive educational practices.

Observing by Hand
Author: Omar W. Nasim
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date: 2014-01-06
ISBN 10: 022608440X
Pages: 296 pages
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Observing by Hand Book Summary : Today we are all familiar with the iconic pictures of the nebulae produced by the Hubble Space Telescope’s digital cameras. But there was a time, before the successful application of photography to the heavens, in which scientists had to rely on handmade drawings of these mysterious phenomena. Observing by Hand sheds entirely new light on the ways in which the production and reception of handdrawn images of the nebulae in the nineteenth century contributed to astronomical observation. Omar W. Nasim investigates hundreds of unpublished observing books and paper records from six nineteenth-century observers of the nebulae: Sir John Herschel; William Parsons, the third Earl of Rosse; William Lassell; Ebenezer Porter Mason; Ernst Wilhelm Leberecht Tempel; and George Phillips Bond. Nasim focuses on the ways in which these observers created and employed their drawings in data-driven procedures, from their choices of artistic materials and techniques to their practices and scientific observation. He examines the ways in which the act of drawing complemented the acts of seeing and knowing, as well as the ways that making pictures was connected to the production of scientific knowledge. An impeccably researched, carefully crafted, and beautifully illustrated piece of historical work, Observing by Hand will delight historians of science, art, and the book, as well as astronomers and philosophers.

New Eyes for Plants
Author: Margaret Colquhoun,Axel Ewald
Publisher: Art & Science
Release Date: 1996
ISBN 10: 9781869890858
Pages: 198 pages
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New Eyes for Plants Book Summary : Here are fresh ways of seeing nature on a journey through the seasons with observation and drawing exercises. Simple observation exercises interwoven with inspiring illustrations invite you 'to see' with a fresh pair of eyes. This opens a door onto a new way of practicing Science as an Art, using the holistic approach of Goethe.

How to Draw What You See
Author: Rudy De Reyna
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
Release Date: 2011-09-07
ISBN 10: 0307786358
Pages: 178 pages
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How to Draw What You See Book Summary : When it was originally published in 1970, How to Draw What You See zoomed to the top of Watson-Guptill’s best-seller list—and it has remained there ever since. “I believe that you must be able to draw things as you see them—realistically,” wrote Rudy de Reyna in his introduction. Today, generations of artists have learned to draw what they see, to truly capture the world around them, using de Reyna’s methods. How to Draw What You See shows artists how to recognize the basic shape of an object—cube, cylinder, cone, or sphere—and use that shape to draw the object, no matter how much detail it contains. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Talking Art
Author: Gary Alan Fine
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Release Date: 2018-08-31
ISBN 10: 022656035X
Pages: 288 pages
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Talking Art Book Summary : In Talking Art, acclaimed ethnographer Gary Alan Fine gives us an eye-opening look at the contemporary university-based master’s-level art program. Through an in-depth analysis of the practice of the critique and other aspects of the curriculum, Fine reveals how MFA programs have shifted the goal of creating art away from beauty and toward theory. Contemporary visual art, Fine argues, is no longer a calling or a passion—it’s a discipline, with an academic culture that requires its practitioners to be verbally skilled in the presentation of their intentions. Talking Art offers a remarkable and disconcerting view into the crucial role that universities play in creating that culture.

Teaching Art in a Postmodern World
Author: Lee Emery
Publisher: Common Ground
Release Date: 2002
ISBN 10: 1863355014
Pages: 231 pages
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Teaching Art in a Postmodern World Book Summary : Collection of essays by Australian and English art educators discussing the transition from modernist to postmodernist art education. Teachers reflect on changes in their own teaching, and discuss how they introduce students to contemporary art and plan a curriculum. Includes photos and references. Simultaneously published in PDF and paperback formats. Editor is Associate Professor in arts education at the University of Melbourne and is an honorary life member of the Australian Institute for Art Education.