Secondary School Art, Craft and Design Books
This highly readable and informative collection of the best of British art showcases magnificent portraits by Thomas Gainsborough and Stanley Spencer; landscapes by J. M. W. Turner and David Hockney; satire by William Hogarth and Gilbert & George; sculpture by Henry Moore and Rachel Whiteread; and the latest works by Grayson Perry and Damien Hirst. Each artist is presented in a double-page spread that features a major work, details from the work, a brief biography and fascinating insights into the artist's life and times. Lucinda Hawksley's engaging survey compares the skill of the Elizabethan miniaturists and the magnificence of the High Victorians with the grit of post-war British modernists and the best of the Young British Artists, whose fearless approach to controversial themes make them worthy inheritors of the great traditions of British art.
- RRP £14.99
AQCNS 11 years +11 years +
This book gives readers an insight into the art and architecture of medieval Europe. You can discover how the great cathedrals, castles, manor houses, tombs, monuments and monasteries were constructed and find out how stained glass windows were made and the stories they told. Read about the different ways people illustrated manuscripts and books, and learn when painting became more realistic, as we trace the changes and movements that influenced art and architecture in medieval times. It includes contemporary written evidence, colour photographs and maps, a timeline, glossary and index.
AAKWM 14 years +14 years +
Artistic genius, political activist, painter and decorator, mythic legend or notorious graffiti artist? The work of Banksy is unmistakable, except may be when it's squatting in the Tate or New York's Metropolitan Museum. Banksy is responsible for decorating the streets, walls, bridges and zoos of towns and cites throughout the world. Witty and subversive, his stencils show monkeys with weapons of mass destruction, policeman with smiley faces, rats with drills, and umbrellas. If you look hard enough you'll find your own. His statements, incitements, ironies and epigrams are by turns intelligent and cheeky comments on everything from the monarchy and capitalism to the war in Iraq and farm animals. His identity remains unknown, but his work is prolific. And now for the first time, he's putting together the best of his work - old and new in a fully illustrated colour volume.
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In "Anatomy for the Artist" acclaimed artist and academic Sarah Simblet unveils the extraordinary construction of the human body and celebrates its continuing prominence in Western Art today. Using superb specially commissioned photographs of male and female models together with historical and contempory works of art and her own illustrations, Sarah shows us how to look inside the human frame to map its muscle groups skeletal strength balance poise and grace.Selected drawings superimposed over photographs reveal fascinating relationships between external appearance and internal structure. Six drawing classes guide the reader to see the human body afresh offering techniques and attitudes that imagiatively show how to observe and draw the skeleton, head, ribcage, pelvis, hands, and feet. By investigating ten Masterworks the author shows the knowledge and ideas of different artists across tie ranging from Holbein's "Christ Entombed" to Edward Hopper's "Hotel Room". Each masterclass presents a photographed model set in the same pose so that anatomical comparisons can be made. Understanding anatomy is often the key to an artist's understanding and interpretation of the body. This imaginative modern reference book will enhance the drawing and painting techniques of artists and every level.
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The century that changed art forever. This is the quintessential roundup of art from 1900-2000. Who could possibly have forecast on New Year's Eve 1899 that, one hundred years later, painting and sculpture would be only options, not prerequisites? The term "art" has been defined and redefined so many times over the last 100 years that it has gained entirely new social, political, and technological meanings. Ranging across the full spectrum of disciplines available, including photography and new media, and thematically chaptered to highlight relationships between works and movements, this readable and encyclopaedic masterwork does just what it says on the cover. Whether you want Surrealism or Land Art, Fluxus or Bauhaus, this is your be-all, end-all guide to art of the 20th century. An undertaking as immensely ambitious as this one deserves to be owned by everyone, which is why we decided to make a special, more compact edition in celebration of our 25th anniversary.
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AQCEF 11 years +11 years +
Do you know what job you want to do? Thinking about what you enjoy most at school can help you work out which career path to follow, as the skills required for art are transferable to many different careers. Each book in this series gives details of 12 jobs, including the personal characteristics and qualifi cations you will need, a job description and a comment from a professional. For example, if you are good at art you will have technical and creative skills. You might also be able to communicate thoughts, moods and ideas in innovative ways. These qualities will help you if you want to be an: illustrator art conservator fashion designer art teacher photographer graphic designer arts development officer curator advertising art director architect art therapist or artist. Get an idea of a range of art-related occupations and find out how to follow the career you want. The earlier you check out your options, the better prepared you will be to put your art skills to good use as you earn a living in the future.
How have technology and science helped artists through the years? How do today's artists use technology in their work? What role does technology hold for the future of art? From the invention of the camera obscura through to today's digital painting and internet art, artists have always used contemporary technology to aid in the creation and display of their work. This book looks at how the creation of paintings, sculpture and engraving have changed over time and how newer mediums from photography to film and even computer games, have changed our perception of how technology can help us express ourselves.
- RRP £15.99
AFHDG 12 years +12 years +
This title is aimed at age 12 years and upwards. For more than thirty years, the bestselling "Draw 50" series has shown kids and aspiring artists alike to create everything from puppies to aircraft, horses to skyscrapers and aliens to racing cars. In this latest addition to the beloved series, Lee Ames shows how to draw sixty of his most popular drawings step by step. His clear instructions help budding artists learn the basic movements and procedures of drawing, allowing readers to explore their interests in a fun, familiar and easy-to-master way.
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AFHCZ 12 years +12 years +
This title is aimed at age 12 years and upwards. Acclaimed author Lee J. Ames shows readers how to draw dozens of horses with a comprehensive, step-by-step approach. Ames shows readers how to capture the beauty and grace of a variety of horses, including Clydesdales, Arabians, Shetland Ponies, Lippizaners, Pintos and many more. Ames demonstrates how to illustrate horses galloping, trotting, cantering, kicking and jumping, bringing these pictures to life. Ames' instruction allows seasoned artists tor refine their technique and guides amateurs to develop their own artistic abilities. Even the youngest artists can make these beautiful animals look great. It's easy to draw horses when it's done the "Draw 50" way.
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AFYWJ 14 years +14 years +
What did Spain look like when Picasso was born? What kind of community did he grow up in? What was his studio like? Who were the people who had the most influence on his art? The answers to these and other questions help bring into focus the Spanish artist's brilliant career and his influence on twentieth-century art. Color reproductions of his masterpieces are interspersed with photographs of Picasso's personal life, and are presented in a dynamic layout that reflects the artist's creative vision and boundless energy. Picasso's anti-war stance, his tumultuous love affairs, and his outspokenness are all examined with journalistic verve. This book not only provides a solid background on Picasso's monumental body of work, but also offers anecdotes, historical context, and a fresh perspective on an enigmatic and endlessly compelling figure.
- RRP £10.99
AGJLD 14 years +14 years +
When Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucufixion was exhibited in 1945 Francis Bacon (1909 - 1992) instantly became the most controversial painter in the country. By the end of his life his status as one of the giants of modern art was established, as was his reputation for hard drinking and heavy gambling. Andrew Brighton casts fresh light on Bacon's formation as an artist in gay and aristocratic bohemian London circles. He locates Bacon at the core of contesting ideas and values, while firmly grounding his reading of Bacon's work in an understanding of his working methods and technique. Penetrating the seeming horror of Bacon's painting this book reveals the ideas, the beliefs and the life that formed one of the most successful artists of the twentieth century.
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AHIJP 14 years +14 years +
The fifteenth century saw the evolution of a distinct and powerfully influential European artistic culture. But what does the familiar phrase Renaissance Art actually refer to? Through engaging discussion of timeless works by artists such as Jan van Eyck, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo, and supported by illustrations including colour plates, Tom Nichols offers a masterpiece of his own as he explores the truly original and diverse character of the art of the Renaissance.
- RRP £9.99
AJANT 14 years +14 years +
The English Romantic painter Joseph Mallord William Turner (23 April 1775 - 19 December 1851) was a brilliant landscape artist, a watercolourist and printmaker. His style, powerful and fierce, melding the elements with humankind are thought by many to have prepared the way for Impressionism. In his time he was controversial, but his focus on land and seascapes widened the palette of artists and their audience, and his impressionistic brushwork prepared the way for the fragmentation of the modern era. This wonderful new book brings to life his greatest achievements, with such paintings as The Fighting 'Temeraire', Inside of Tintern Abbey and Rain, Steam and Speed The Great Western Railway.
- RRP £12.99
ALBBY 14 years +14 years +
This is an expert account of the Post Impressionist artist, Paul Gauguin, who defied convention and renounced European civilization to pursue his art in the South Seas. It explores the influences that defined his style, from Impressionist painters to the brilliant hues and primitive forms of the South Pacific Islands. It features a gallery ranging from his early Impressionist work to his vibrant pictures of a Tahitian idyll. Paul Gauguin was one of the most important artists of the early 20th century. This informative book outlines the artist's personal and working life, his work in France and his paintings of the tropical landscapes of Tahiti and the Caribbean. His mission became to depict an authentic primitivism; a method known as Cloissonism, a technique that was inspired by medieval enamelling: The Yellow Christ is a good example of this style. Another iconic work is Vision after the Sermon (Jacob Wrestling with the Angel). This beautifully illustrated book is essential reading for those who would like to learn about this artist, and to view his works in one comprehensive collection.
- RRP £16.99
ARWSK 11 years +11 years +
Are you a beauty blogger, a gaming guru or a king of comedy? This is the must-have book for any aspiring vlogger. Featuring top tips, hacks and ideas with plenty of pages for you to plan your path to vlogging stardom! There's loads of information about top vloggers including Zoella, Alfie, Superwoman and PewDiePie plus quizzes, quotes to colour and ideas for vlogs to film. Plan it! Log it! Vlog it!
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Taking a practical approach to colour, "Colour: A Workshop for Artists and Designers" is an invaluable resource for art students and professionals alike. With its sequence of specially designed assignments and in-depth discussions, it effectively bridges the gap between colour theory and practice to inspire confidence and understanding in anyone who works with colour. This second edition has been carefully reviewed and revised throughout. Presented in a new larger format, it includes much-enhanced sections on key colour principles such as colour perception, visual structure, materials and techniques, psychological experience of colour, and colour composition in digital formats. Generously illustrated including all-new, contemporary examples, this book provides a unique set of tools that make the complex theory of colour accessible and practical.
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This beautifully illustrated book offers a comprehensive guide to western artists, themes, paintings, techniques and stories. Packed full of large, full-colour images of iconic works and lesser-known gems, Art: A Visual History covers over six-hundred and fifty artists, providing an expansive view of art history. Covering every era, from early art in 3000BCE to contemporary work, with chronological features on the major schools and movements and close-up critical appraisals of twenty-two masterpieces, this book is a broad but thorough introduction to art history. A firm foundation in the subject is ensured by an exhaustive glossary of art terms which reinforces technical knowledge such as an ability to identify impressionism from expressionism. Art: A Visual History addresses the question 'what makes great art?' With detailed referencing, crisp reproductions and a fresh new look, this book is a must-have for anyone with an interest in art history.
- RRP £20.00
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