A Visual Guide to Classical Art Theory for Drawing and Painting Students

A Visual Guide to Classical Art Theory for Drawing and Painting Students

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Eric Mantle presents the basics of classical theory in a clearand concise manner for all beginning drawing and paintingstudents. His book features diagrams that illustrate everyconcept. Students will see the complexities of color theory andunderstand how to create the illusion of volume and depthon a 2-dimensional surface. “As an art student,” ProfessorMantle recalls, “I was frequently frustrated by instructionalbooks that gave lengthy verbal descriptions of visual conceptsand then showed small and/or unclear diagrams of thoseconcepts. As an art teacher, I found that my students wouldgain a clearer understanding of a visual concept if my verbalexplanation was combined with a diagram of that concept.”A Visual Guide to Classical Art Theory is great for both traditionaland non-traditional media. Each page, theory and diagram represents adifferent tool for the artist to use. Through their use, the artist will findan infinite number of solutions. Artists also may use the book to createa trompe-l’oeil effect in graffiti art or the illusionof volume and depth on the computer. A VisualGuide to Art Theory is presented in a unique,non-verbal format that clearly illustrates the effectof perspective on color, light and shade.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 215 x 267 x 9mm | 562g
  • Little Rock, Ark
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1935166123
  • 9781935166122
  • 340,599

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Eric Mantle presents the basics of classical theory in a clearand concise manner for all beginning drawing and paintingstudents. His book features diagrams that illustrate everyconcept. Students will see the complexities of color theory andunderstand how to create the illusion of volume and depthon a 2-dimensional surface. As an art student, ProfessorMantle recalls, I was frequently frustrated by instructionalbooks that gave lengthy verbal descriptions of visual conceptsand then showed small and/or unclear diagrams of thoseconcepts. As an art teacher, I found that my students wouldgain a clearer understanding of a visual concept if my verbalexplanation was combined with a diagram of that concept.

"A Visual Guide to Classical Art Theory "is great for both traditionaland non-traditional media. Each page, theory and diagram represents adifferent tool for the artist to use. Through their use, the artist will findan infinite number of solutions. Artists also may use the book to createa trompe-l oeil effect in graffiti art or the illusionof volume and depth on the computer. "A Visual""Guide to Art Theory "is presented in a unique, non-verbal format that clearly illustrates the effectof perspective on color, light and shade."
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."..a great resource for all trail bikers and runners, hikers and kayakers." -- Pat Piazza "Arkansas Bicycle Club"
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About Eric Mantle

Whenever art instructor Eric Mantle talks art with his students, he likes to send them home witha drawing that also provides a visual explanation of the idea. One student collected so many of thesethat he told Mantle he had enough to make a book. Taking the student s cue, Mantle assembled his drawings into a unique way to present thefundamental principles of studio art in a clear and concise manner. His book, "A Visual Guide to Classical Art Theory, " released by Parkhurst Brothers, Publishers, is the result.
With more than three decades in the studio and in the classroom, Mantle has designed hisbook to serve as a text for college and high school instructors and students, as well as a reference for professional and amateur artists.
As an art student and then later as a college professor, Mantle said, I was always frustratedby instructional books that introduced visual concepts primarily as verbal descriptions accompanied byunclear diagrams. I have written (drawn) a book that explains visual art principles in a primarily visualmanner with a minimal amount of copy. "
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