by Jeffery Camp
Jeffrey Camp's innovative approach reveals all the secrets of the great masters, and shows how their methods can improve the technique of all artists.


Jeffrey Camp's innovative approach reveals all the secrets of the great masters, and shows how their methods can improve the technique of all artists.

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VOYA - Delia A. Culberson
This comprehensive manual is a practical and thoroughly engaging introduction to the wonderful world of painting for the beginner, and a fun refresher for the working artist. Camp believes all of us can paint, and sets out to demonstrate it by showing us new ways to see and paint the world around us. In its six major sections, including Colours, Open Air Painting, Parts of the Body, etc., this book explores every conceivable aspect of this expressive medium with hundreds of colorful images, common-sense advice, easy-to-follow directions, and useful tips. Each particular facet, such as Palettes, Fishing, or Profiles is covered in two-page spreads illustrated with Camp's own works, diagrams, and copies of paintings by many artists, all in clear, concise language. The author encourages the budding artist to copy works and styles of different artists. This time-honored technique, although eschewed by some modern instructors, is an enlightening hands-on journey of research and self-discovery that may well define a latent vision, nurture a natural way of painting and create a unique and personal style. The extensive and meticulous index is a quick and easy reference to all subjects. This handsome volume by an innovative artist is a worthy addition to the many fine and visually compelling instruction books by this distinguished publisher, and will make an excellent acquisition for young adult libraries. It will delight art lovers of all ages and inspire many into further study of this fascinating medium. Index. Illus. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P M J S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Library Journal - Library Journal
Most art manuals tend toward large, impressive photos with little text. This one is packed with 1500 illustrations and an unusually rich text. Camp's style tends to personal observation, autobiographical touches, references to art history, and fresh inspiration. A teacher at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, he believes in copying from masters but avoiding academic dryness. Libraries should also consider his previous, excellent work Draw: How To Master the Art (DK, 1994).
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YAThis art book is both inspiring and practicala joy to the eye and wonderful for browsing. It provides sections on "Colours," "Open Air Painting," "Parts of the Body," "Still and Fast Life," and "Imagination." Even the subheadings are fascinating"Substance and Weight," "Yourself in Fur," "Armpits and Violet," "Art Diaries," "Doff A Hat to Cezanne," and "Vastness." Each page is full of illustrations, italicized captions, and catchy sidebars. Many of the 1500 images are fine reproductions of familiar works, but droves of them are rendered by the witty brush and pen of Camp himself, "after" the styles of great artistsPicasso, Braque, Matisse, Bosch, Rembrandt. The captions are clever and fulsome and contain all manner of insights. Hints and suggestions abound and there is a heartening general tone: "...if we are not all artists together, at least we are all in it together."Frances Reiher, Fairfax Public Library System, VA

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