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Plein-air painting is the art of painting out-of-doors, on site, and completing the work at one sitting. In this lively guide, acclaimed artist, author, and instructor Cathy Johnson provides a friendly introduction to all facets of plein-air painting-from…

Canaletto

by J. G. Links

|May 10, 1999

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Canaletto (1697 -- 1768) is one of the most popular of all Old Master painters. His views of Venice, Rome and London are much celebrated and admired, but he was more than a mere recorder of scenery. In the words of one of his contemporaries, he had the power to…

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For elementary and secondary art teachers, 48 illustrated, sequentially organized art lessons and activities introduce students to the elements of drawing and design.

Postcard Century

by Tom Phillips

|November 28, 2000

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The Postcard Century tells the story of the last hundred years in the 1900s' own words and images. Two thousand picture postcards and their messages give a vivid account of the day-to-day life of people and of what mattered to them, pleased them, shocked or…

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Le Corbusier (1887 -- 1965) has been one of the dominant forces in twentieth-century architecture, and many of the forms he created have become archetypes of Modernism. He was also a social visionary and a writer of polemics, whose ideas have generated intense…

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The Way of the Brush: Painting Techniques of China and Japan examines the technique, style, traditions, and methods of Chinese ink painting and how they were interpreted in Japanese art. Illustrated with over 250 images and packed with instructions, The Way of…

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For nearly five decades, Jacob Lawrence has been widely regarded as America’s most important black artist. His work is known throughout the world for its depiction of the black American experience from the Civil War to the civil rights movement and beyond.…

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"As a stylist, in his descriptions of art and movements and books, Rosenberg has no equal. . . . One is grateful for [this] essay collection. To my mind, his piece on art criticism and the distinction between it and art history is alone worth the price of the…

Mazzini

by Denis Mack Smith

|September 25, 1996

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Giuseppe Mazzini was one of the outstanding figures in the political history of nineteenth-century Europe. A vigorous proponent of nationalism, pre-eminent figure in the struggle for Italian independence and unity, and fascinating personality, his ideas were…

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English artists have made a unique contribution to the art of watercolor painting. In no other Western country has this very attractive medium been used so consistently, or for works of such stature, as in England between 1750 and the present day. In this general…

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What are poets looking at , looking for , when they walk into a room of pictures? Poets on Painters attempts to answer this question by bringing together, for the first time, essays by modern American and British poets about painting. The poets bring to their…