Art Class: A Complete Guide to Painting

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Chronicle Books, 1999 - Art - 192 pages
From the team behind Chronicle Books' best-selling art reference book Artist's Manual comes the ultimate painting compendium, Art Class. The perfect complement to its predecessor, Art Class is filled with page after page of beautiful paintings and expert teaching. It is packed with ideas and inspirations, tools and techniques, photos and illustrations, as well as detailed instructions on working with media ranging from watercolor to acrylic to oil. With an entire section devoted to step-by-step demonstrations by renowned artists--where they reveal their personal secrets, tips, and methods--Art Class is like having an instructor guiding each and every brush stroke. Learn how to paint an eye or a portrait, a tree or an entire landscape, by following the many artist-led descriptions and full-page color spreads that illustrate the most basic to the most advanced painting techniques. Whether they work in gouache or watercolor, oil or pastel, aspiring or seasoned artists will find that Art Class offers everything they need to create successful paintings. With 500 color photographs and featured works of art, a visual glossary of the language and mechanics behind painting, and an extensive resource listing, Art Class is the definitive studio companion for every painter.

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Jennings surveys a broad variety of media, from charcoal to pastels, watercolor, gouache, oils, and more, and he relies on the advice and work of a large group of artists to help the beginner choose ... Read full review


Starting to paint
Choosing your medium
Classic themes and approaches
Painting outdoors
Figures and portraits

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About the author (1999)

Simon Jennings is an accomplished graphic artist, painter, and educator. Trained at the Royal College of Art, London, he lives in the UK.

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