Paint Lab: 52 Exercises inspired by Artists, Materials, Time, Place, and Method

Paint Lab: 52 Exercises inspired by Artists, Materials, Time, Place, and Method

by Deborah Forman


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Paint Lab is packed with unique and experimental techniques and ideas in painting. This hands-on book is organized into 52 units, which may, but don't need to be explored on a weekly basis. The labs can be worked on in any order, so that you can flip around to learn a new mixed-media technique or be inspired by a particular painting theme or application. The underlying message of this book is that, as an artist, you should learn and gain expertise through experimentation and play. There is no right or wrong result, rather you will find new forms of expression in your work and gain confidence in your skills.
Designed to inform and inspire new artists and rekindle passion for painting in experienced artists, this book offers a range of exercises broken down by theme: Who (artist-inspired), What (tools and materials), When (a time-based concept), Where (a sense of place), and How (inspired by a technique or method).  
Paint Lab is illustrated with brilliant full-color images and multiple examples of each exercise. This book offers you a visual, non-linear approach to learning painting techniques, and reinforces a fun and fearless approach to creating art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592537822
Publisher: Quarry Books
Publication date: 09/01/2013
Series: Lab Series
Pages: 136
Sales rank: 775,632
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Deborah Forman is a practicing artist and a passionate teacher of art with twenty years of experience instructing students from ages two to eighty. She is currently an instructor in continuing education at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Deborah specializes in teaching the fundamentals: drawing, two-dimensional design, color theory, beginning to advanced painting, and conceptual approach to painting and materials. In her own painting practice, Deborah works within the realm of geometric abstraction, with emphasis on the phenomena of color interaction. Deborah earned her bachelor of fine arts degree in 1992 from Rhode Island School of Design. She went on to earn a master of science in art education in 1996 from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, a school that believes teaching is an art form, with an emphasis on process over product and the importance of play and risk taking for artistic growth. Deborah has a master of fine arts in painting from the Parsons School of Design, where the focus of the program was contemporary art and theory, graduating in 2001. Deborah has exhibited her paintings in Rhode Island as well as in various other venues throughout New England. She also provides a creative workshop series that can be used in a variety of settings. Visit her website at She is the author of Paint Lab (Quarry Books, 2013).

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Tennisstar22 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this series. I think that some are stronger than others but have really enjoyed the ones that I have. This book is visually appealing and has fun projects. my favorite thing about this series of books is while it gives you ideas and project plans;it also lets you feel unhindered enough to do what you want to do or take the project further and where you want it to go. I also enjoy the history of the represented artists as well as the mix of artists - some you know and some who are less known- all are relevant and their styles stand out. Great book these books are in my artists library and I constantly return to them to build on my bank of ideas.