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Drawing: A Contemporary Approach
Going beyond conventional approaches, this drawing text emphasizes the emotional, intellectual, and spiritual significance of art. The authors trace the development of today's art from that of the past, giving a sense of meaning and continuity. Illustrations and analyses enable students to turn their energies to new and different directions, to give material form to their ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 23rd 1996 by Wadsworth Publishing Company
(first published January 1st 1980)
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This is the book that I learned to draw out of and it has many pros and cons. It contains a lot of good images from the past hundred years in its chapters on gesture, shape/plane and volume, value, line, texture, color, thematic development, etc. It also covers why contemporary art is important and worth our time. This book is for higher learning/secondary students and goes more into the philosophy of these chapter headings instead of a step-by-step process of creation. I would have liked someth ...more
An interesting look at drawing that goes beyond the conventional. Sketchbook projects at the end of each chapter reinforce the concepts taught and allow for further exploration and practice by the reader/student. A great textbook to have on your bookshelf.
This book is useful in not only art instruction, but in understanding how great art was created by showing and explaining examples of work from some of the masters such as Picasso, Rembrandt, Klee, Matisse, Pollock, Wyeth, O’Keefe and so on. . .