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Art Fundamentals: Theory & Practice

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By using more color fine art reproductions than any other text to illustrate the concepts of design,Ocvirk introduces students to both the fundamental elements of art and to the rich and varied history of their uses. Art Fundamentals offers a wealth of full color and black-and-white fine art reproductions and a rich Instructor's Resource Manual but still remains the best v ...more
Unknown Binding, 346 pages
Published January 1st 1998 by McGraw-Hill Companies (first published December 1st 1981)
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نورة الحسن
A great source to understand art! I highly recommend it for art students/ people who are interested in how to read a piece of art and to know what to see exactly in a painting/sculpture..etc..

The sad thing is that I borrowed the book from my university library so I can't go back to it whenever I need something.
I think its a kind of a book that you should keep in your own library.
Rhonda Stephens
Jun 23, 2016 Rhonda Stephens rated it it was ok
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Two-dimensional design class. Wasn't my favorite, but I learned to appreciate it over time
Roberto Balderas
Great reference book for art students and anybody interested in art and its appreciation. After reading this book, I have a better understanding of the fundamentals of art. In turn, I feel able to discern works of art, that I may no be particularly fond of, and appreciate them. It also clarifies art movements’ historic significance in relationship to art/design/culture today, without stuffy explanations or jaded examples. The layout is clean and easy to read and the illustrations are relevant an ...more
Kawa Svaha
Jan 28, 2014 Kawa Svaha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I suddenly realised what to look for in art.
Copyright 1998. I've kept this book near my art stuff for years, thinking I'll use it as a reference, since it really is a good look at the fundamentals. I need reminders of fundamentals. This book is a portable, readable size, whereas most art history books tend to be doorstops. Mostly full-color interior, lovely margins and white space, and good font size. Note to self: look up a more recent version.
Christøpher Es
This is the book they apparently HAVE to sell you if you walk into the kcad bookstore and say anything along the lines of, "I'm a Kendall Freshmen."

This is also the book that steers most Kendall Sophmores away from buying college text books.

This and the history books.

And those useless ass books the "art education" program makes their students buy.
Jeremy Patton
Sep 07, 2011 Jeremy Patton rated it it was amazing
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I had to buy this book for college for my general art studio classes. I still use it today in my own classrooms to teach Middle School and High School students the "fundamentals" of understanding art basics and theory / history.
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