Art Model’s Handbook

The Art Model’s Handbook, by Andrew Cahner is one of those books I look at and exclaim, “Why didn’t anyone write a book like this before..?” If you use artist’s models in your studio, work as an artist’s model, or have ever thought of working as an artist’s model*… you need to own a copy of this book. Yes, I usually say, “Read this book at your public library first,… Read More »

ABCs of Art

Herman the Jester and the ABC’s of Art, by Rafael Filion, is a tremendously useful book for teaching art theory to very young children. It’s ideal as the basis of a daily or weekly art lesson.  It’s also a great preparation for taking young children to art museums.  In fact, it’s one of the best I’ve seen, for that purpose. Each letter of the alphabet is matched to an art-related… Read More »

Glorious Glues! Art with Adhesives, Paula Guhin

With Glorious Glues! Art with Adhesives, art Teacher Paula Guhin has put together a wonderful little book that showcases the many uses of glue in art making. All of her projects are rated either easy, moderate or advanced and can be used with all ages. The lessons are well written and easy to follow. Tips to evaluate the artwork are included at the end of each lesson. Both 2-D and… Read More »

Discovering Great Artists, by Kohl and Solga

Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Children in the Styles of the Great Masters, by Mary Ann Kohl and Kim Solga (Website: Starting with Giotto and continuing on through current artists, Ms. Kohl and Ms. Solga have created multiple art lessons based on individual artist. Each lesson includes a very brief biography, a list of materials and an easy to follow process. All the illustrations are black and white.… Read More »

Wheel Thrown Pottery by Bill Van Gilder

Bill Van Gilder, the host of DIY Network’s Throwing Clay, introduces you to key techniques and skill building projects. Simple easy to follow photos Projects with basic explanation Tool lists, tips and glaze recipes What a great book for people beginning to throw pots! This book is a compilation of projects, each with its own tool list and photos, demonstrating the throwing process, as well as the additions like handles… Read More »