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101 Things I Learned in Architecture School by Concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation, from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory. This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. It is also a book they may want to keep out of view of their professors, for it expresses in clear and simple language things that tend to be murky and abstruse in the classroom. These 101 concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process, and presentation--from the basics of "How to Draw a Line" to the complexities of color theory--provide a much-needed primer in architectural literacy, making concrete what too often is left nebulous or open-ended in the architecture curriculum. Each lesson utilizes a two-page format, with a brief explanation and an illustration that can range from diagrammatic to whimsical. The lesson on "How to Draw a Line" is illustrated by examples of good and bad lines; a lesson on the dangers of awkward floor level changes shows the television actor Dick Van Dyke in the midst of a pratfall; a discussion of the proportional differences between traditional and modern buildings features a drawing of a building split neatly in half between the two. Written by an architect and instructor who remembers well the fog of his own student days, 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School provides valuable guideposts for navigating the design studio and other classes in the architecture curriculum. Architecture graduates--from young designers to experienced practitioners--will turn to the book as well, for inspiration and a guide back to basics when solving a complex design problem.
Publication Date: 2007-08-31
Publication Date: 2009-10-01
What if work by 21 prominent contemporary artists could be described in terms of familiar topics rather than specialised mumbo-jumbo? That was the idea behind this book. Each of the essayists takes a particular topic as the launching point for discussions of a varied group of American artists.
Art That Changed the World by Art That Changed the World tells the story of every major art style, movement by movement, giving art lovers a visual timeline showing key paintings that sparked each transition and explaining major events that shaped their evolution. Each section features a lavish double-page image of an influential painting that defines each artistic style. Seminal works of genius are portrayed in their historical context, with attention paid to the culture of the time and the lives of their creators. This stunning art book is a wonderful resource for art lovers everywhere.
Publication Date: 2013-08-19
The Art Book by Winner of the Illustrated Book of the Year award in 1994, The Art Bookhas been an outstanding success and has become a well-known landmark in the art book world. Now published in over 20 different languages and in mini, midi, and hardback formats, it has received rave reviews from numerous newspapers and magazines and has made many appearances on the bestseller lists. Complemented by The 20th Century Art Bookand The American Art Book, its unique approach brings art alive. An A-Z guide to 500 great painters and sculptors from medieval to modern times, it debunks art-historical classifications by throwing together brilliant examples of all periods, schools, visions and techniques. Each artist is represented by a full-page colour plate of a definitive work, accompanied by explanatory and illuminating information on the image and its creator. Glossaries of artistic movements and technical terms are included, making this a valuable work of reference as well as a feast for the eyes. By breaking with traditional classifications, The Art Bookrepresents a fresh and original approach to art: an unparalleled visual sourcebook and a celebration of our rich and multi-faceted culture.
Publication Date: 2005-02-24
The Art of Color by
Publication Date: 1974-01-01
The Renaissance Art Book by
Publication Date: 2000-09-01
Presents thirty paintings and sculptures from the Italian Renaissance, and discusses the artists, the techniques they used, the subject of each artwork and its meaning, and what the art reveals about the times.
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A thorough encyclopedia that incorporates various subject areas. A great starting point for any level of research. Articles can be accessed at different reading levels and citations are made readily available.
BRITANNICA IMAGEQUEST This link opens in a new window
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Excellent visual database that includes timelines of painting, sculpture, photography and more. Great for grades 8-12.
Websites and Online Tools
Minecraft-like 3D modeling (and printing) made super easy for all ages
Super-flexible design tool for crafting fab images, videos, and sites
Art Room Resources
A list of resources found in the Art Room.
A useful and engaging resource for integrating the arts into a variety of other subject areas.
Autodesk Design Academy
Outstanding project-based tutorials for popular engineering software
Google Arts and Culture
Excellent curation and an unmatched art collection invite exploration
Inspiring platform teaches coding through remixing
Safe, collaborative space for creating and sharing original music
Popular comic creation tool well-tuned to classrooms
Make learning meaningful through 3D design
Amazingly simple yet powerful online CAD tool turns kids into makers
A powerful tool for kids to create, collaborate, and share all kinds of multimedia.