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101 Things to Learn in Art School

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What is the first thing to learn in art school? "Art can be anything." The second thing? "Learn to draw." With "101 Things to Learn in Art School," artist and teacher Kit White delivers and develops such lessons, striking an instructive balance between technical advice and sage concepts. These 101 maxims, meditations, and demonstrations offer both a toolkit of ideas for th ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 21st 2011 by MIT Press (MA) (first published September 14th 2011)
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Tiffany Reisz
May 24, 2015 Tiffany Reisz rated it really liked it
I'm not a visual artist but I think many of the insights speak to all artists. I stole one passage in here to describe Kingsley's naked body in The Queen. What can I say? He's a work of art.

Fun book! Buy it for the aspiring artist in your life.
Jun 01, 2012 Anne rated it it was ok
Missed out on art school because you thought law school seemed less flaky? Well, now you, too, can learn whatever it is art students learn, without ever paying tuition or lugging around a comically large portfolio!

I read this little book while my kids played with a ginormous puzzle in the public library (why does it have to rain the second day of summer vacation?). I pulled it off the shelf because I have a soft spot for small books that tend to get lost on shelves. It was rubberized on the outs
Louise Silk
May 17, 2012 Louise Silk rated it really liked it
Shelves: self-help
#4 Art is the product of process.

Whether conceptual, experimental, emotional, or formal, the process you develop yields the image you produce. The materials you choose, the methods of production, and the sources of the images should all reflect the interests that command your attention. The process does not stop with each work completed. It is ongoing. The cumulative result of that process is a body of work.

#28 An idea is only as good as its execution.

It is important that you master your medium.
Ben Adams
Feb 07, 2015 Ben Adams rated it it was amazing
I got so much out of this book. The book itself is interesting as an art piece. I learned one of my favorite words in this book: Facture. This book played an important role in helping me to figure out my own personal creative path.
Ka Wa Wong
Jan 22, 2016 Ka Wa Wong rated it liked it
Kit White's 101 aphoristic tips -- including a few quotations from artists and philosophers such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty -- can be broadly categorised into three types: the philosophy of art-making, basic technical knowledge, and the hermeneutics of art. Those in the first category are at times enlightening (e.g. "Time reveals itself in two critical ways: the unfolding of the form and the experience of the viewer.") and at times platitudinous (e.g. "Clear sight makes clear art."). Those in the ...more
Jessica Zu
Dec 25, 2013 Jessica Zu rated it really liked it
Shelves: leisure
art is life condensed into an object
religion is life imagined into an icon
Jeneba Charkey
Jan 24, 2015 Jeneba Charkey rated it it was amazing
More of a course on aesthetics - contemporary aesthetics - than a course about formal technical training. It will make you yearn to sit with a learned Teacher and start all over again with a deeper understanding of WHY you are doing what you are doing.
Dec 20, 2014 Alexey rated it really liked it
An inspiring read with few valuable observations.
Oct 06, 2014 Kimmy rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
Each page is sharp and interesting, but too many topics too quickly defined and then dismissed makes for a terrifically tiresome book if read from cover to cover. It's like reading the dictionary: while I enjoy reading from the dictionary (practically every day I'm off to check out a word or phrase!), I wouldn't sit down with it to commence reading from beginning to end. Same with this here bookie--it'd work better as an "idea" book: pick it up, flip to any page and, if it strikes your bliss, us ...more
Julie Bozza
Apr 02, 2013 Julie Bozza rated it really liked it
Shelves: scholarly, art
A very interesting little book, conveying 101 ideas about art and about being an artist - each with a statement, a paragraph, and a drawing. I read it through from cover to cover over a number of days, and anticipate that I'll be going back to browse randomly every now and then.

Some of these things will provide insight to any art-lover, some are broadly applicable to any creative (including those of us who work with words), some went right over my head (for now, at least). Plenty of food for tho
Jul 17, 2012 Natasha rated it liked it
Fun, little read...he's very specific about what you should learn or have learned in art class...kinda took it with a grain of salt though...and happy he proceeded to define all the "big" words he used to describe art...
Jun 21, 2012 Marlene rated it liked it
Some interesting insights for those who create art, critique it , love it and who teach. Appreciating and understanding art is about seeing and experiencing the world around you in to the fullest capacity.
Dec 27, 2013 Reuel rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Many thought-provoking observations on art and culture. It's worth re-reading and/or dipping into periodically.
Sherry (sethurner)
The book as a strange rubbery black and white cover, but I'm not judging.
I never went to art school, and was interested in the "big idea" Mr. White says one should acquire while there.
Jan 02, 2012 John rated it really liked it
Immensely well thought out. Though I have no plans to attend art school, this was a great quick read, and provoked a lot of (to me) interesting thinking.
Tim Beck
Sep 30, 2013 Tim Beck rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
A creative book that translate beyond those wishing to enter art school. I found many parallels to aspects of life and faith.

Art is life.
Dina Benedetto
Aug 22, 2012 Dina Benedetto rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal
This is a great book for a student who is interested in going into the visual arts. I like it because each page gives a fact and there it is.
Nov 02, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, education
Delightful, tiny essays on the 101 things every art student should know. I forgot a few I guess!
Michael Kelly
May 07, 2012 Michael Kelly rated it it was amazing
uses drawing as a basis for deconstructing space. very clear and mind expanding.
Aug 18, 2013 Celine rated it it was amazing
I would memorize the entirety of this if I could
101 nuggets of wisdom
Sep 27, 2012 Rae rated it really liked it
Summaries what I needed to know about art.
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