ART STUDIO, vols 1 through 3 are a sequential series of books which gradually take the beginning student up through the most complex techniques of drawing and painting. They are the result of 25 years of author, illustrator James Watt's experience teaching after school children's art classes for students ranging in age from 1st grade to High School. Mr. Watt spent several years, previously, as a commercial artist. His work runs the gamut from cartooning/ humorous illustration to rigorous architectural drawings. The slogan 'Real Art for Real Children' says it all. These are the real techniques that all artists must use in order to be successful. The unique feature of this series and the reason for Watt's success teaching children is that many of the techniques artists learn over the years are not fully articulated by themselves and thus they are unable to clearly say 'what it is, exactly,they do'.
Watt uses the same method of teaching that Euclid, the famous Geometer, used to establish his proofs in his book 'Elements'. This book led to the establishment of the entire modern world based on art, science and technology. It's method is to define accurately the simple terms we use and then show how complex ideas are really built on top of earlier simple ones in a very consistent manner. The result is students learn mathematical reasoning, or logic, at the same time they learn art. And the bonus is, they find that neither is really very hard and that both are actually talking about the same thing - a clearer view of the Universe around us. Several sample pages are shown to give you a sense of how the book works.
Further volumes are planned for next year (2024) to include color, water color and realistic animals. You can click on the book covers to take you to the Back Fence Publishing store.
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