The Art Students League of New York is a venerable institution, where the likes of Georgia O’Keefe and Jackson Pollock have studied. Their instructors are considered to be among the world’s best, and this book: Art Students League of New York On Painting – Lessons and Meditations on Mediums, Styles and Methods, gives you a look at many of its most celebrated painters, and how they approach art in various mediums. It’s a compendium that works as well as a coffee table book as an instructional guide, thanks to the quantity of visual art included.
The book itself is divided into three sections, starting with lessons and demos: this section is rich with inspiration for experimentation, and covers classical painting, oils, watercolor an pastels. The second section focuses on advice and philosophies, like inventing from observation and painting in three dimensions. The last section includes more in-depth interviews with three artists, who discuss abstraction from nature, learning and teaching and learning from old and modern masters (Knox Martin’s a personal favorite here). The book also is fully indexed for quick reference to any of the artists or works featured.
This book will make you want to immerse yourself in art (if you aren’t already), and to paint, draw and sketch more.
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