The Art of Teaching Art: A Guide for Teaching and Learning the Foundations of Drawing-Based Art

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Often the finest artists do not make the best teachers. Many frustrated college students of art know this all too well as they suffer through unstructured classes with inexperienced teachers or graduate student instructors. In these situations, it is easy to blame the teachers. But the problem is largely institutional: most students graduating with MFAs from art schools receive little if any instruction in teaching art. If you find yourself in this predicament as teacher or student, this book is for you. The first book to provide a comprehensive guide for teaching college-level art, The Art of Teaching Art is the culmination of respected artist and instructor Deborah Rockman's two decades of teaching experience. Believing that drawing is the backbone of all of the visual arts, she begins with a complete explanation of drawing concepts that apply to any subject matter, e.g., composition, sighting processes, scaling techniques, and methods for linear and tonal development. She then illustrates these concepts with step-by-step methods that easily translate to classroom exercises. Next, she applies the drawing principles to every artist's most important and challenging subject, the human figure. After an extended section on understanding and teaching perspective that explores illusionistic form and space, the focus of the book shifts to the studio classroom itself and the essential elements that go into making an effective learning environment and curriculum. From preparing materials lists and syllabi, to setting up still-lifes, handling difficult classroom situations, critiquing and grading student artworks, and shooting slides of student artworks, she leaves no stone unturned.
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About the author

Deborah A. Rockman is Professor of Art in the Foundation and Fine Arts Department, Kendall College of Art and Design.
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Oxford University Press
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Published on
Nov 9, 2000
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Pages
340
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ISBN
9780198030027
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / Study & Teaching
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities
Education / Teaching Methods & Materials / General
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This is a full-length 275-page book (print version) with approximately 200 original illustrations and lots of how-to and step-by-step tutorials, thorough explanations of beginner as well more advanced drawing concepts.

Learn how to draw portraits! Don't worry about "talent"! It's not necessary. Many people who didn't think they were "artists" have discovered they have the ability to draw portraits. You can learn too! It's a matter of education and practice.

While this book is inspired by the tutorial site portrait-artist.org, a lot of the content is new and was created specifically for the book.

This is the second edition of this book, and the first time it's been available in eBook format!

Topics in the book include:
Beginning drawing, getting started, learning the grid, learning pencil techniques.
Overview of the head.
Drawing the profile.
Features of the head.
Facial "landmarks," anatomy, and proportions of the figure, an overview.
Step-by-step portraits
Working in a tighter (more detailed) technique, tips and techniques.
Shading explained: Understand values and how to make your art look more realistic

Making up your own faces from your imagination: Exercises and techniques

"Don't Do That!" Common beginner mistakes that are easy to avoid.

Advice for new artists: Taking the right attitude, dealing with discouragement, feelings of competition, art snobs, tracing photos vs. drawing freehand, digital tools.

More things artists should know: Drawing from life (live models), the current state of formal art education, introduction to working in color (color palette recommendations, brief overview of painting mediums).

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgements
Welcome & Introduction
Let's Get Started with Drawing
Introduction to Shading and Technique
Drawing the Face: Basics of Head Structure and Alignment of Features
Drawing the Profile
The Features and Hair
An Overview of the Anatomy of the Head and Figure
Shading the Portrait
Step-by-Step Portraits, Soft Edges
Working with a Tighter Technique
Drawing Different Types of People
Inventing Your Own Portraits, "Don't Do This!"
Advice for the Newbie Artist
Other Goodies Every New Artist Should Learn
A Final Word
About the Author
Important Acknowledgements and Credits
About the Second Edition
Bibliography

From the authors of Sketching the Moon comes a comprehensive guide filled with richly illustrated, detailed drawing tutorials that cover a variety of solar phenomena. Explanations of what to expect visually from white light, Hydrogen-alpha and Calcium K filters are provided for those new to solar observing, along with essential tips on equipment, observing techniques and the practicalities of drawing at the eyepiece. Time-honored, traditional methods and media are described in tandem with innovative techniques developed and shared by contemporary astronomical sketchers. For the technically minded, detailed descriptions are given on how to use image manipulation software to bring your sketches to life through animation.

The Sun is the most visually dynamic object in our solar system and offers compelling, spectacular views. Knotted magnetic field lines give rise to powerful eruptions and form the intricate sunspots and arching prominences that make our nearest star one of the most exciting, yet challenging, astronomical objects to sketch. Facilitated by the availability of affordable dedicated solar telescopes and filters, the Sun has become an increasingly popular target amongst astronomical sketchers. The use of narrowband solar filters provides a wonderful opportunity to capture views of the Sun that have, until recently, been largely inaccessible.

You’ll discover easy to follow, step-by-step instructions geared toward your specific interests, be it technical sketching and contributing to science, personal study, or even fun solar outreach activities that help children learn through art. By using Solar Sketching as a reference, drawing the Sun has never been easier.

"This is a book about making art. Ordinary art. Ordinary art means something like: all art not made by Mozart. After all, art is rarely made by Mozart-like people; essentially—statistically speaking—there aren't any people like that. Geniuses get made once-a-century or so, yet good art gets made all the time, so to equate the making of art with the workings of genius removes this intimately human activity to a strangely unreachable and unknowable place. For all practical purposes making art can be examined in great detail without ever getting entangled in the very remote problems of genius."
—-from the Introduction

Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world. Their insights and observations, drawn from personal experience, provide an incisive view into the world of art as it is expeienced by artmakers themselves.

This is not your typical self-help book. This is a book written by artists, for artists -— it's about what it feels like when artists sit down at their easel or keyboard, in their studio or performance space, trying to do the work they need to do. First published in 1994, Art & Fear quickly became an underground classic. Word-of-mouth response alone—now enhanced by internet posting—has placed it among the best-selling books on artmaking and creativity nationally.

Art & Fear has attracted a remarkably diverse audience, ranging from beginning to accomplished artists in every medium, and including an exceptional concentration among students and teachers. The original Capra Press edition of Art & Fear sold 80,000 copies.

An excerpt:

Today, more than it was however many years ago, art is hard because you have to keep after it so consistently. On so many different fronts. For so little external reward. Artists become veteran artists only by making peace not just with themselves, but with a huge range of issues. You have to find your work...

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