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Eclectic Homeschool Online Book Lists - Dover Art Instruction

This section of our website is devoted to book lists that you can take to your library. The lists are sorted by Category, Subcategory and then Topic.

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Dover Art Instruction List

  • Abstract Design and How to Create It

    ISBN: 0486276732
  • Abstraction in Art and Nature

    ISBN: 0486274829
    Guide to finding rich sources of abstraction in nature. Over 370 photos and other illus.
  • Acrylic Painting: A Complete Guide
    by Wendon Blake
    ISBN: 0486295893
    Comprehensive, richly illustrated survey provides step-by-step instructions for major methods (opaque, transparent, mixed-media), much more. 125 halftones. 32 color illus.
  • Acrylic Watercolor Painting
    by Wendon Blake
    ISBN: 0486299120
    Excellent step-by-step coverage of painting surfaces, colors, and mediums as well as basic techniques: washes, wet-in-wet, drybrush, scumbling, opaque, and more. 75 paintings demonstrate extraordinary variety of techniques.
  • Animal Drawing and Anatomy
    by Edwin Noble
    ISBN: 0486423123
    With this profusely illustrated guide, beginners can learn the fundamentals of animal drawing, and more experienced artists can find tips that will assist them in refining their skills. Its features include straightforward explanatory text, highlighted by 233 drawings; insights from a distinguished artist and art instructor; keys to depicting musculature, hair, feathers, and other physical features; and portraying the essentials of lifelike images--motion, pose, proportions, and character.
  • Art of Animal Drawing: Construction, Action Analysis, Caricature, The
    by Ken Hultgren
    ISBN: 0486274268
    Former Disney animator offers expert advice, with over 700 illustrations, on drawing dogs, cats, deer, foxes, rabbits, etc.
  • Artistic Anatomy of Trees, The
    by Rex Vicat Cole
    ISBN: 0486214753
    Structure, light, shade; proportions, surface features, leaves, flowers; full, thorough text. 515 illus.
  • Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting
    by Edgar A. Whitney
    ISBN: 0486417425
    Comprehensive, popular guide by renowned artist and teacher presents a full course of watercolor painting, from basics to creating landscapes; painting portraits and figures; drawing; following design principles; and matting, framing, and selling completed works. Two 16-page full-color sections show the steps involved in creating seven of the author's own watercolors. 37 color illustrations. Over 100 illustrations.
  • Composition in Art
    by Henry Rankin Poore
    ISBN: 0486233588
    Learn principles of composition, classical and modern, through analysis of works from middle ages to present. 148 illustration, 9 in color.
  • Creative Color for the Oil Painter
    by Wendon Blake
    ISBN: 0486404722
    Richly illustrated book offers step-by-step advice on analyzing colors of nature, choosing and mixing the right pigmentation, creating effective color schemes and applying color. 148 illus.
  • Creative Perspective for Artists and Illustrators
    by Ernest W. Watson
    ISBN: 0486273377
    Picture plane, foreshortening and convergence, three-point perspective, other topics. Analysis of works by leading artists. 349 illus.
  • Drawing Outdoors
    by Henry C. Pitz
    ISBN: 0486286797
    How to draw every major outdoor subject—land, greenery, skies, buildings, people, cities—in all major drawing media. Many examples from the masters. Over 100 illus.
  • Drawing the Draped Figure: The Seven Laws of Folds
    by George Brant Bridgman
    ISBN: 0486418022
    A long-time instructor at New York’s Art Students League and one of the foremost teachers of figure drawing offers expert, illustrated advice on depicting draped figures as well as cloth in still lifes. Students learn the characteristics of seven different kinds of folds and how to render them, including pipe, zigzag, spiral, half-lock, diaper pattern, drop, and inert folds. Mastery of these principles is the key to realistic portrayal of garments. The straightforward, easy-to-follow text is illustrated by the author’s own pencil sketches and diagrams. 200 black-and-white illustrations.
  • Elements of Drawing, The
    by John Ruskin, Lawrence Campbell (Designer)
    ISBN: 0486227308
    Timeless classic starts with basic ideas, works through more difficult. Many practical exercises. 48 illus.
  • Enjoyment and Use of Color, The
    by Walter Sargent
    ISBN: 048620944X
    Color relationships, values, intensities; complementary colors, illumination, similar topics. Color in nature and art. 7 color plates. 29 illus.
  • Figure Drawing
    by Richard G. Hatton
    ISBN: 0486213773
    Stresses actual drawing, not just anatomy. Adult males, females, child. 100 pages on face alone. 377 illus.
  • Figure Drawing Step by Step
    by Wendon Blake, Uldis Klavins
    ISBN: 0486402002
    Thorough demonstrations of how to draw seated, standing, bending, kneeling, twisting, and crouching male and female figures, accompanied by 17 illus.
  • Figure Painting Step by Step
    by Wendon Blake, George Passantino (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0486414701
    Easy-to-follow beginners’ guide to painting the head, torso, arm, and leg, as well as step-by-step demonstrations for painting seven female figures.
  • Landscape Drawing Step by Step
    by Wendon Blake, Ferdinand Petrie
    ISBN: 0486402010
    Judging proportions, assessing values, using drawing media; plus demonstrations for transforming cubes, cylinders, other shapes into landscape features.
  • Life Drawing in Charcoal
    by Douglas R. Graves
    ISBN: 0486282686
    Innovative method of drawing by tonal masses. Step-by-step demonstrations, over 200 illustrations, cover foreshortening, drawing the face, other aspects.
  • Materials and Methods of Sculpture
    by Jack C. Rich
    ISBN: 0486257428
    Exhaustive, profusely illustrated guide to technical aspects of sculpting in stone, metal, wood, other materials. Tools, techniques, modelling, casting, firing, much more. 281 illus.
  • Modelling and Sculpting Animals
    by Edouard Lanteri
    ISBN: 0486250075
    Thorough step-by-step guide discusses anatomy of horse, lion, and bull; methods of construction; tools, materials, etc. Also comprehensive exposition of casting in plaster. 63 full-page photographic plates. 138 drawings and diagrams.
  • Modelling and Sculpting the Human Figure
    by Edouard Lanteri
    ISBN: 0486250067
    Covers modelling from casts, live models; measurements; frameworks; scale of proportions; compositions; reliefs, drapery, medals, etc. 107 full-page photographic plates. 27 other photographs. 175 drawings and diagrams.
  • Oil Landscapes Step by Step
    by Wendon Blake, George Cherepov (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0486415279
    Beautifully illustrated, easy-to-follow guide features 32-page color section demonstrating use of colors in landscapes and showing development of seven varied landscape paintings by brilliant landscapist George Cherepov. Other sections offer expert advice about basic techniques, composition, lighting, special problems, more. 63 color illustrations. 54 black-and-white illustrations. Introduction.
  • Oil Painting Techniques
    by Harold Speed
    ISBN: 0486255069
    Thorough guide to techniques, tone values, color and materials, more. 64 photographs.
  • Oil Portraits Step by Step
    by Wendon Blake, George Passantino, T. D. Harding
    ISBN: 0486402797
    Planning, composing, and lighting the portrait; working with other media, and more. Over 120 illustrations act as step-by-step guides to painting a variety of ubjects.
  • Painting Gardens
    by Norman Battershill
    ISBN: 0486284018
    Expert guide for painting flower beds, landscapes, vegetable gardens, trees, much more. Magnificently illustrated.
  • Painting Materials: A Short Encyclopedia
    by Rutherford J. Gettens, George L. Stout
    ISBN: 0486215970
    Exhaustive coverage of materials, media, tools of painting through the ages; based on historical studies and laboratory. 34 illus.
  • Pen and Pencil Drawing Techniques
    by Harry Borgman
    ISBN: 0486418014
    Written and beautifully illustrated by an acclaimed artist, this is the perfect guide to pencil and ink drawing. It explores materials and tools, different ways of handling strokes and lines, techniques for establishing and conveying tones and shadows, and technical tips. Other useful features include 28 step-by-step demonstrations, numerous exercises, and over 540 illustrations--portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. 256pp., including 32 in color. 474 b/w illus. 73 color illus.
  • Pencil Drawing
    by Michael Woods
    ISBN: 0486258866
    Complete first course covers basic techniques, line work, shading, tone, perspective, composition, even fixing, mounting and framing. 155 illus.
  • Perspective for Artists: The Practice and Theory of Perspective As Applied to Pictures With a Section Dealing With Its Application to Architecture
    by Rex Vicat Cole
    ISBN: 0486224872
    Depth, perspective of sky and sea, shadows, much more, not usually covered. 391 diagrams, 81 reproductions of drawings and paintings.
  • Perspective Made Easy
    by Ernest Norling
    ISBN: 0486404730
    Horizon, vanishing point, shade and shadow, much more. 256 illus.
  • Sculpture, Principles and Practice
    by Louis, Slobodkin
    ISBN: 0486229602
    Step-by-step approach to clay, plaster, metals, stone; classical and modern. 253 drawings, photos.
  • Texture and Detail in Watercolor
    by Richard Bolton
    ISBN: 0486295095
    Complete course covers paints, papers, brushes; also techniques: scratching-out, wax resist, split-brush, spattering, sponging and more. Full chapters on trees, surface textures, flowers, much else. Full-color illus.
  • Watercolor Landscapes Step by Step
    by Wendon Blake, Claude Croney (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0486402800
    Easy-to-follow guide, with 122 illustrations, shows how to paint mountains, rocks, mist, sky, trees, other common landscape features.
  • Watercolor Painting Step by Step
    by Wendon Blake, Claude Croney (Illustrator)
    ISBN: 0486409481
    Well-illustrated guide uses stop-motion sequences of works in progress to illustrate fundamental techniques. Other topics: modeling in color; painting a variety of landscapes; special effects; scratching wet and dry color; preserving watercolors; much more. 38 b/w, 53 color illus. 8 halftones.
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