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Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your Attention

While there are many courses and tutorials online, learning from a book is still one of the best ways to greatly improve your skills. Below I have selected top Art Instruction books.

1. How to Draw Cool Stuff: A Drawing Guide for Teachers and Students (2014)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionHow to Draw Cool Stuff shows simple step-by-step illustrations that make it easy for anyone to draw cool stuff with precision and confidence. These pages will guide you through the basic principles of illustration by concentrating on easy-to-learn shapes that build into complex drawings. With the step-by-step guidelines provided, anything can become easy to draw. This book contains a series of fun, hands-on exercises that will help you see line, shape, space and other elements in everyday objects and turn them into detailed works of art in just a few…
Author(s): Catherine V Holmes

2. The Art Teacher’s Survival Guide for Elementary and Middle Schools (2008)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionOne of the most popular books in the Jossey-Bass Teacher series is now available in a completely updated and expanded version. With more than 110 creative art projects in varied types of media–from drawing to digital–plus tips, tools, and curricular resources, The Art Teacher’s Survival Guide for Elementary and Middle Schools offers everything a teacher needs to know to present an effective arts education program. Classroom teachers who want to include art projects as part of the content curriculum and art teachers looking for new ideas will all find fresh inspiration in this exciting…
Author(s): Helen D. Hume

3. Perspective Made Easy (Dover Art Instruction) (1999)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionPerspective, the author tells us, is easy; yet surprisingly few artists are aware of the simple rules that make it so. This easy-to-follow book — the first devoted entirely to clarifying the laws of perspective — remedies the situation. In it, the author uses over 250 simple line drawings to illustrate the concepts involved.Beginning with clear, concise, immediately applicable discussions of the horizon, vanishing point, and the crucial relationship of eye level to perspective drawing, you’ll learn how to place figures and objects in a drawing, depict interiors, create…
Author(s): Ernest R. Norling

4. How to Draw Nearly Everything (Dover Art Instruction) (2012)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionBeginners seeking a comprehensive book on drawing, rejoice! Suitable for all ages, this guide by a noted expert covers all of the basics as well as the most common subjects. Learn how to draw figures, faces, landscapes, trees, flowers, and animals of all kinds, including horses, dogs, and cats. In addition to tips on composition, shading, and perspective, this well-illustrated guide offers suggestions for pencil, pen, and brush techniques.This volume combines the best and most practical material from ten of artist Victor Perard’s drawing books. In addition to flower arrangements and studies, Perard’s…
Author(s): Victor Perard

5. Portrait Drawing: A Step-By-Step Art Instruction Book (Artist’s Painting Library) (2006)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionA classic of simplicity! Portrait Drawing has guided and inspired a generation of artists to create beautiful, realistic portraits. In just eighty pages, author Wendon Blake covers all the basics, from papers and pencils to drawing eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and head from every angle. Drawings by artist John Lawn illustrate each point clearly, making it easy to master the basics and move on to conveying expression and emotion. Ten “demonstrations” show exactly how to put everything together for portraits that are more than the sum of their parts. Easy to understand, easy to use,…
Author(s): Wendon Blake, John Lawn

6. Drawing for the Absolute Beginner: A Clear & Easy Guide to Successful Drawing (Art for the Absolute Beginner) (2006)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionThis inspiring book makes drawing in a realistic style easier than you may think and more fun than you ever imagined!Authors Mark and Mary Willenbrink (Watercolor for the Absolute Beginner) cover it all—from choosing materials and the correct way to hold your pencil, to expert advice on the tricky stuff, like getting proportions and perspective right, drawing reflections, and designing strong compositions. (It’s not as scary as it sounds…not with Mark and Mary as your guide!)At the heart of this book, a series of fun, hands-on exercises help…
Author(s): Mark Willenbrink, Mary Willenbrink

7. How to Teach Art to Children, Grades 1-6 (2001)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionKeep young students excited about art in the classroom with the Evan-Moor How to Teach Art to Children book for Grades 1-6. Our well-organized art book includes 96 different art projects that are appropriate for elementary-aged children. As an added benefit, each project includes examples of fine art in the world that demonstrates the art elements highlighted in the project. We’ve also collected a list of all the materials you’ll need to complete each art project. You’ll love the ability to teach the children about fine art, while working on relevant projects, all of which can inspire students.Plenty of Projects Our teacher’s edition of…
Author(s): Joy Evans, Tanya Skelton

8. Light, Shade and Shadow (Dover Art Instruction) (2008)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionDuring the first half of the twentieth century, E. L. Koller wrote a series of art instruction books for home study, designed to simplify various techniques for beginning artists — and help established artists polish their craft. The books are as relevant — and the information as essential — to artists today as it was then. A classic in this series, Light, Shade and Shadow, shows how the study of light is a necessary foundation for creating an appealing work of art. Even the most beautiful drawing can appear flat without shading. But with this expert guide, every artist can learn how to use shadow to…
Author(s): E. L. Koller

9. The Art of Instruction: Your Complete Guide to Instructional Excellence (2009)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionWhether you are currently an instructor or want to be one, this is your guide! Mike Seeklander has been instructing professionally for more than fifteen years and has taken his success and blueprinted a set of processes that will help anyone who teaches anything become better at it. This book will teach you those processes. While Mike’s primary experience is in firearms, tactics, and defensive tactics instruction, the system he uses and teaches is applicable in any instructional environment. No matter where and what you teach, these universal…
Author(s): Michael R. Seeklander, Brad Delauter

10. Draw 50 Animals: The Step-by-Step Way to Draw Elephants, Tigers, Dogs, Fish, Birds, and Many More… (2012)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your AttentionFifty furry, scaly and feathered friends are here for aspiring young artists to learn how to draw, including a lion, a giraffe, a dinosaur, a penguin, a bunny, a shark, and much more. It’s easy to bring these animals to life the Draw 50 way.Over the past thirty years, celebrated author Lee J. Ames’ distinctive drawing method has proven successful for those wishing to draw anything from animals to airplanes. The books in the Draw 50 series have sold more than 5 million copies and have shown artists from beginning to advanced levels how to draw….
Author(s): Lee J. Ames

11. Creative Thinking and Arts-Based Learning: Preschool Through Fourth Grade (7th Edition) (2017)

 Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your Attention  With an emphasis on thinking creatively and being resourceful as keys to surviving and thriving in today’s society, this evidence-based book provides practical ways for teachers to promote creativity, play, art, music/movement/dance, and drama for all children. It contains many authentic activities and examples to support children’s learning in the arts and content areas. The book examines the teacher’s role from a philosophical, pedagogical, and curricular stance by addressing key components, including the classroom environment, materials and…
Author(s): Joan Packer Isenberg, Mary Renck Jalongo

Best Art Instruction Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some art instruction books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

With Pen & Ink: Expanded Edition

Author(s): James Hall
ID: 2562931, Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2020, Size: 41 Mb, Format: epub

The art of paint pouring: tips, techniques, and step-by-step instructions for creating colorful poured art in acrylic

Author(s): Amanda VanEver
ID: 2532507, Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing, Year: 2019, Size: 31 Mb, Format: pdf

Watercolor: You Can Do It!: From Concept to Finished Painting

Author(s): Tony Couch
ID: 2544200, Publisher: Dover Publications, Year: 2019, Size: 138 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to Los Angeles Times, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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