Per Boek Wijzer Auteur: Ian Simpson
Collins Complete Painting Course is a carefully
structured work book and reference manual
for painters of all standards. The book is designed
to act as your personal tutor, teaching you the
basic principles of picturemaking through
enjoyable and easy-to-follow projects and then
showing you how to apply these principles
creatively in your own paintings.
The course is divided into three main sections:
Foundation Course, Themes and Styles and
Media and Methods. In the Foundation Course
eleven lessons teach you how to observe as an
artist and how to use colour to describe the things
you see. Each lesson includes a practical project so
that you learn by doing. A series of questions at
the end of each lesson helps you to analyse your
own work — just as if the teacher were there
looking over your shoulder and giving advice.
The second section, Themes and Styles, helps
you to develop a style and vision of your own. It
contains twelve lessons which introduce you to
the main approaches and styles of painting by
featuring and discussing the' worksof master
painters both past and present. As in the
Foundation Course, carefully planned projects
with clearly stated aims give you 'hands-on'
practice and experience.
The third section, Media and Methods, will help
you to decide which painting media and ways of
working suit you best. As well as providing step-by-step tuition in the techniques associated with
the standard media — oils, acrylics, watercolours
and pastels — this section also explores more
experimental approaches, such as mixed-media
work, collage and monoprint. Each lesson
includes a practical project followed by an
interview with an artist who is expert in using a
particular medium. These interviews are both
informative and inspiring, and describe working
methods which you will be able to adapt to suit
your own developing identity as an artist.
The combination of practical information,
interviews with top contemporary artists and the
wide variety of painting styles make Collins
Complete Painting Course an invaluable reference
book for every painter.
IAN SIMPSON was, until recently, Principal of St
Martin's School of Art, London and lecturer at
Syracuse University, New York. The writer and
presenter of three television series on drawing and
painting, he has also been president of the
National Society of Art Education, a council
member of the Council of National Academic
Awards and chairman of its Fine Art Board. Ian
Simpson has written several books on drawing
and painting, including The Challenge of
Landscape Painting, and he is currently consultant
to the Open College of the Arts.
HAZEL. HARRISON studied painting at Guildford
School of Art and the Royal Academy School of
Painting, London. She began her artistic career as
an oil painter, but now works in all media. She
has written several art instruction books including
The Oil Painter's Question and Answer Book and
The Encyclopedia of Watercolour Techniques.
JUDY MARTIN spent six years studying drawing,
painting and printmaking at Maidstone College of
Art and Reading University. She gained a First-Class Diploma in Art and Design and a
postgraduate degree of Master of Fine Art. She
has taught at several art colleges and exhibited
her work in London. She continues to practise as
an artist, but also works as a writer and editor.
Her previous books include The Longman
Dictionary of Art, The Complete Guide to
Airbrushing, Drawing with Colour and The
Encyclopedia of Pastel Techniques. Her latest book
Pastels Masterclass will be published in 1993.
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