John Sloan on Drawing and Painting

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A highly regarded member of the Ashcan School of American painting, John Sloan (1871–1951) was also an influential teacher at New York's Art Students League. His dual experience as a realist painter and a graphics illustrator helped equip Sloan with the uncommon capacity to instruct students in both representational and abstract art. Now, with this illustrated, practical record of his teachings, readers can benefit from the depth and variety of Sloan's talks on art theory and ...
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Overview

A highly regarded member of the Ashcan School of American painting, John Sloan (1871–1951) was also an influential teacher at New York's Art Students League. His dual experience as a realist painter and a graphics illustrator helped equip Sloan with the uncommon capacity to instruct students in both representational and abstract art. Now, with this illustrated, practical record of his teachings, readers can benefit from the depth and variety of Sloan's talks on art theory and practice.
Transcribed and edited by Helen Farr, a student whom Sloan later married, the discussions begin with observations on drawing as the basis of visual art, including considerations of line, tone, texture, light and shade, composition, design, space, perspective, and related issues. Later chapters deal with figure drawing, painting, landscape and mural painting, painting technique (gesso grounds, tempera, and glazing), etching, and other media (aquatint, lithography, and watercolor). Sloan's discussion of color in the chapter on oil painting is especially detailed, with notes on harmony, use of set palettes, underpainting and glazing, line work, and much more.
Each chapter features a wealth of helpful suggestions and recommended exercise, along with Sloan's personal opinions of Dürer, Rubens, El Greco, and other masters, and his insights into their work: "Go to the masters to learn how to draw and paint. Study them, particularly the work you don't like. That is the road to advancement, that is the way to learn. But get your impulse to work from life."
This invaluable summary of art theory and practice—by one of the great artists and teachers of the twentieth century—is enhanced with 46 illustrations, including 23 of Sloan's paintings, 8 photographs of the artist and his studio, and a number of line drawings and diagrams.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486409474
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 10/18/2010
  • Series: Dover Art Instruction Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

CHRONOLOGY OF JOHN SLOAN
I POINT OF VIEW ABOUT LIFE
II POINT OF VIEW ABOUT TEACHING
    Remarks to new students
    The teacher's responsibility
    My contribution
III POINT OF VIEW ABOUT ART
    Aesthetic consumers
    You can't make a living at art
    Originality and imitation
    Know what you want to do
    Art and nature
IV THINGS-THE MAINSPRING OF ART
    The separation of form and color
    Things have bulk-Art has form; The archetype; The approach.
V DRAWING
    The attack
    Line
    Tone
    Texture
    Light and shade
    Observations and reminders
    Perspective
    Optical illusions
    Design
    Space
    Low relief
    Composition
    Crowds and places
    Purpose
    Criticism and taste
    Study
VI FIGURE DRAWING
    Anatomy
    Proportions
    Anatomical facts
    The pose
    Have the courage of your convictions
    The clothed figure
    Character and portraiture
VII PAINTING
    Form and color
    Color powers
    The color triangle
    Color composition
    Form and local color
    Color harmony and the use of set palettes
    Light and color
    Drawing for painting
    Underpainting and glazing
    Linework
    Quality of paint
    Figure painting
VIII LANDSCAPE AND MURAL
IX MEMORNDA
    A word to the aesthetic consumer
    Sundry suggestions
X NOTES ON PAINTING TECHNIQUE
    Gesso Grounds
    Tempera
    Glazing
XI "ETCHING, AND DIVERS MEDIUMS"
    Aquatints
    Lithography
    Water color
XII THE GIST OF IT ALL
INDEX
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