Instructional Books & Materials

Instructional Books & Materials

Instructional Books & Materials

Bring the classroom home with you! Find instructional and inspirational books and materials on watercolor, calligraphy, traditional painting techniques, color theory and much more. No matter your age or skill level, we know there's something here for you. 

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    Walter Foster Publishing 101 Textures in Colored Pencil Walter Foster Publishing 101 Textures in Colored Pencil

    101 Textures in Colored Pencil

    Walter Foster Publishing

    MSRP: $16.95
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    101 Textures in Colored Pencil: Practical step-by-step drawing techniques for rendering a variety of surfaces & textures Get a feel for your artliterally! 101 Textures in Colored Pencil teaches you every technique youll need to give your...
    418548
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    Ingram Publisher 101 Ways to Draw: A Field Guide to Drawing Mediums and Techniques Ingram Publisher 101 Ways to Draw: A Field Guide to Drawing Mediums and Techniques

    101 Ways to Draw: A Field Guide to Drawing Mediums and Techniques

    Ingram Publisher

    MSRP: $15.99
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    From soft pencils to graphite powder, ballpoint to fibre-tip pens, conté sticks to watercolour pencils, this unique guide covers everything you need to know to begin mastering and combining different media in your drawing. This visual directory...
    417898
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    Ingram Publisher 3000 Color Mixing Recipes: Watercolor Ingram Publisher 3000 Color Mixing Recipes: Watercolor

    3000 Color Mixing Recipes: Watercolor

    Ingram Publisher

    MSRP: $12.99
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    3000 Color Mixing Recipes: Watercolor: The ultimate practical reference to watercolor mixes and dilutions Spiral-bound A practical and inspirational manual that shows you a huge range of color mixes in watercolor. The aim of the book is to encourage...
    417899
    MSRP: $12.99
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    Walter Foster Publishing Artists Library Series Book - Perspective Walter Foster Publishing Artists Library Series Book - Perspective

    Artist's Library Series Book - Perspective

    Walter Foster Publishing

    MSRP: $9.95
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    This series offers both beginning and advanced artists the chance to expand their creativity, conquer technical obstacles and explore new media. Written and illustrated by professional artists, they're ideal for artists aspiring to reach a new level of...
    71948
    MSRP: $9.95
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    Ingram Publisher Beginner's Guide to Creating Portraits: Learning the essentials & developing you

    Beginner's Guide to Creating Portraits: Learning the essentials & developing you

    Ingram Publisher

    MSRP: $55.99
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    The portrait is one of the worlds oldest artforms, but todays technology and culture mean its time to take a fresh look at how todays portrait artists work outside the realms of realism and elevate their technique. The Instagram-friendly appeal of the...
    417917
    MSRP: $55.99
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    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Natura

    Botanical Drawing in Color: A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Natura

    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL

    MSRP: $24.99
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    A thorough immersion into the world of scientifically accurate, three-dimensional, and artistically rendered natural botanical illustration. The step-by-step instructions in this invaluable guide, written by one of the nations leading experts in the...
    436561
    MSRP: $24.99
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  • Color Aid Corp Color-aid Colored Paper Full Set 3x4.5 Color Aid Corp Color-aid Colored Paper Full Set 3x4.5

    Color-aid Colored Paper Full Set 3"x4.5"

    Color Aid Corp.

    $60.00
    This Color-aid full set contains the complete range of 314 matte-finished 3" x 4.5" color sheets. The system consists of 34 vivid hues (saturated colors), 100 tints (clean, light colors), 47 shades (dark, deep colors), 114 pastels (muted, or soft...
    80487
    $60.00
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    Color Aid Corp Color-Aid Colored Paper, Full Set, 2 x 3 Color Aid Corp Color-Aid Colored Paper, Full Set, 2 x 3

    Color-Aid Colored Paper, Full Set, 2" x 3"

    Color Aid Corp.

    $44.00
    This paper is acid-free, with a wrinkle-proof, velvety matte surface that is washable and non-bleeding. It erases easily and readily accepts both wet and dry media. This Color-aid full set contains the complete range of color sheets, a system that...
    80486
  • Color Aid Corp. Color-aid Full Set (314 Colors) - 4.5" x 6" Color Aid Corp. Color-aid Full Set (314 Colors) - 4.5" x 6"

    Color-aid Full Set (314 Colors) - 4.5" x 6"

    Color Aid Corp.

    $100.00
    Since 1948 Color-aid Corp. has been manufacturing the Color-aid system of colored paper. Initially developed as a backdrop for photographers, Color-aid was soon thereafter discovered by Josef Albers and has since then become an indispensable teaching...
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    $100.00
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    Walter Foster Publishing Creative Lettering and Beyond Walter Foster Publishing Creative Lettering and Beyond

    Creative Lettering and Beyond

    Walter Foster Publishing

    MSRP: $19.95
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    Creative Lettering and Beyond combines the artistic talents and inspirational tips and tutorials of four professional hand letterers and calligraphers for a dynamic and interactive learning experience. After a brief introduction to basic tools and...
    417849
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    Ingram Publisher Creative Polymer Clay: Over 30 techniques and projects for contemporary wearable Ingram Publisher Creative Polymer Clay: Over 30 techniques and projects for contemporary wearable

    Creative Polymer Clay: Over 30 techniques and projects for contemporary wearable

    Ingram Publisher

    MSRP: $19.99
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    Discover a world of creative and colourful jewellery making from the comfort of your own home. In this comprehensive guide to modern polymer clay techniques, artist and designer Heidi Helyard reveals the simple techniques that can be used to create...
    417913
    MSRP: $19.99
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    Watson Guptill Drawing Animals

    Drawing Animals

    Watson Guptill

    MSRP: $21.99
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    With the aid of black and white illustrations, this paperback book teaches you how to draw many kinds of wild and domestic animals. Details of surface anatomy, skeletons, muscles and action poses are all included.
    376150
    MSRP: $21.99
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    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Drawing Animals Made Amazingly Easy

    Drawing Animals Made Amazingly Easy

    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL

    MSRP: $19.95
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    Christopher Hart, Americas best-selling author of art instruction books, tosses all that aside to make drawing animals truly amazingly easy, by simplifying animal anatomy so that artists can get the poses they really want. What does that animal look...
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    Watson Guptill Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook - The Definitive, Updated 2nd Edition Watson Guptill Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook - The Definitive, Updated 2nd Edition

    Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook - The Definitive, Updated 2nd Edition

    Watson Guptill

    MSRP: $25.00
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    This essential companion to Dr. Betty Edwards' best-selling classic, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, offers readers the key to mastering this art form with guided practice in their newfound creative abilities. Here are 40 exercises that cover...
    376127
    MSRP: $25.00
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    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Dynamic Anatimy Book Revised and Expanded Edition by Burne Hogarth

    Dynamic Anatomy Book Revised and Expanded Edition by Burne Hogarth

    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL

    MSRP: $29.99
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    Dynamic Anatomy presents a comprehensive, detailed study of the human figure as artistic anatomy. This time-honored book goes far beyond the factual elements of anatomy, providing generations of new artists with the tools they need to make the human...
    72216
    MSRP: $29.99
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    Walter Foster Publishing En Plein Air Watercolor Walter Foster Publishing En Plein Air Watercolor

    En Plein Air Watercolor

    Walter Foster Publishing

    MSRP: $19.99
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    The En Plein Air Series introduces beginning artists and fine-art lovers alike to the core concepts of painting on location, including expert tips on what to pack and how to maximize time outdoors. Each title shows how to choose a subject on-site and...
    417854
    MSRP: $19.99
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    Ingram Publisher Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique Ingram Publisher Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique

    Fashion Illustration: Inspiration and Technique

    Ingram Publisher

    MSRP: $26.99
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    Drawing is vitally important for the fashion industry. Fashion Illustration represents a designer's point of view and Anna Kiper's aim is to contribute to the revival of this unique art form. Every illustration lesson in the book presents a...
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    MSRP: $26.99
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    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Figure Drawing for all it's Worth

    Figure Drawing for all it's Worth

    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL

    MSRP: $39.95
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    The illustrator Andrew Loomis (1892-1959) is revered among artists - including comics superstar Alex Ross - for his mastery of figure drawing and clean, Realist style. His hugely influential series of art instruction books have never been bettered, and...
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    MSRP: $39.95
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    Walter Foster Publishing General Color Mixing Recipes Walter Foster Publishing General Color Mixing Recipes

    General Color Mixing Recipes

    Walter Foster Publishing

    MSRP: $9.95
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    Artists will learn how to mix essential color combinations with these handy reference tools. A detachable, washable acetate color mixing grid allows artists to accurately measure paints. These guides also include information on basic art theory and are...
    417848
    MSRP: $9.95
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    Chronicle Books Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids Chronicle Books Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids

    Handy Dad: 25 Awesome Projects for Dads and Kids

    Chronicle Books

    MSRP: $24.95
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    Skate ramps, zip lines, go-carts, and more! In this super-fun book, Todd Davisextreme sports athlete and host of HGTV's Over Your Headpresents 25 awesome projects for dads to build with their kids. Busy dads can choose projects that range from...
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    MSRP: $24.95
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    Walter Foster Publishing How to Draw and Paint Series Book - Drawing Faces Walter Foster Publishing How to Draw and Paint Series Book - Drawing Faces

    How to Draw and Paint Series Book - Drawing: Faces

    Walter Foster Publishing

    MSRP: $8.95
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    The How to Draw and Paint series features titles organized by medium and specially written to encourage and motivate the beginning artist. Each book is chock-full of essential information in an easy-to-follow format and is lavishly illustrated with...
    368355
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    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL How to Make Books

    How to Make Books

    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL

    MSRP: $25.00
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    This book was created for paper crafters of all skill levels, book enthusiasts, users of blank books and journals and anyone who is intrigued by the simple, traditional art of bookmaking. From zines you can fold in a minute to luxurious leather...
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    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy

    Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy

    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL

    MSRP: $19.95
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    From head to toe, the human form, in all its complexities, is visually simplified to such a degree in this remarkable workbook that even complete beginners will soon be able to draw accurate, well-proportioned faces and figures every time they try...
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    FW Media Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson FW Media Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson

    Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson

    F+W Media

    MSRP: $22.99
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    This popular volume contains 48 exercises, reviews and self-evaluations that will help artists learn to sharpen their observation skills. Written by Bert Dodson and published by North Light Books.  You'll learn how to: Restore, focus, map, and...
    360273
    MSRP: $22.99
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    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Landscape Painting Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio

    Landscape Painting: Essential Concepts and Techniques for Plein Air and Studio

    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL

    MSRP: $35.00
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    In this book, Mitchell Albala shares his concepts and practices for translating nature's grandeur, complexity and color dynamics into convincing representations of space and light. Concise, practical and inspirational, it focuses on the greatest...
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    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Lessons in Classical Drawing RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Lessons in Classical Drawing

    Lessons in Classical Drawing

    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL

    MSRP: $29.99
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    Ateliers have produced the greatest artists of all time, and now that educational model is experiencing a renaissance. The classical Atelier art training method is based on the nineteenth-century model of teaching artists by pairing them with a master...
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    MSRP: $29.99
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  • The Color Wheel Company Magic Palette - Color Matching Guide The Color Wheel Company Magic Palette - Color Matching Guide

    Magic Palette - Color Matching Guide

    The Color Wheel Company

    $19.99
    A full palette of paint colors, tints and shades in a handy little guide. This color guide helps artists identify, match and select the colors they need for their paintings. It includes 36 pure artists' tube colors printed on individual cards with...
    350641
    $19.99
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    Ingram Publisher Making Murals Ingram Publisher Making Murals

    Making Murals

    Ingram Publisher

    MSRP: $22.99
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    Making Murals: A practical handbook for wall painting and mural art to enhance your home This practical guide to mural painting explains all the key techniques and design styles you need so that you can get creative in your own home and start...
    417907
    MSRP: $22.99
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    ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING Mastering Color Mixing with Watercolors

    Mastering Color Mixing with Watercolors

    ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING

    MSRP: $30.00
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    In this color mixing book, Isabelle Roelofs and Fabien Petillion first walk you step by step through the basics of watercolor pigments, paper, and color mixing techniques. Using just 11 colors, youll learn to bring more variety to your primary colors,...
    414630
    MSRP: $30.00
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    ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING Morpho Fat and Skin Folds ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING Morpho Fat and Skin Folds

    Morpho: Fat & Skin Folds

    ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING

    MSRP: $14.95
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    The must-have guide for all artists who draw the human figure! In Morpho: Fat and Skin Folds, artist and teacher Michel Lauricella presents a unique approach to learning to draw the human body. The typical approach to teaching anatomy and the...
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    ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING Morpho Joint Forms and Muscular Functions ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING Morpho Joint Forms and Muscular Functions

    Morpho: Joint Forms & Muscular Functions

    ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING

    MSRP: $14.95
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    Morpho: Joint Forms and Muscular Functions - The world's best-selling series of anatomy drawing books.  Artist and teacher Michel Lauricella presents a mechanical view of the human body. In the same way that paleontologists work, we can deduce the...
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    ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING Morpho Skeleton and Bone Reference Points ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING Morpho Skeleton and Bone Reference Points

    Morpho: Skeleton & Bone Reference Points

    ROCKY NOOK PUBLISHING

    MSRP: $14.95
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    The must-have guide for all artists who draw the human figure! This book provides a simplified and practical vision of the human skeleton to help all artists in their drawing studies. Here you will find the most common and useful approaches to the...
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    MSRP: $14.95
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    Ingram Publisher Oh My Gouache! Ingram Publisher Oh My Gouache!

    Oh My Gouache!

    Ingram Publisher

    MSRP: $22.99
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    Oh My Gouache!: The beginner's guide to painting with opaque watercolour Welcome to the wonderful world of painting with gouache, with the creative guidance of popular artist and illustrator Zoe Ingram. In this comprehensive beginner's guide,...
    417909
    MSRP: $22.99
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    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Oil Painting Secrets from a Master RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL Oil Painting Secrets from a Master

    Oil Painting Secrets from a Master

    RANDOM HOUSE/WATSON-GUPTILL

    MSRP: $24.95
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    Artist and teacher, David Lefel from the Art Students League shares his secrets for making professional quality paintings in this 144-page, paperback book. Topics covered include massing values, chiaroscuro, color and value and handling edges.
    343360
    MSRP: $24.95
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  • PANTONE INC. Pantone Coated Combo Set PANTONE INC. Pantone Coated Combo Set

    Pantone Coated Combo Set

    PANTONE INC.

    $324.00
    **Updated for 2023!** Own the ultimate guides for matching, comparing, communicating, and sharing colors. Now available in a cost-saving bundle, the Pantone® Coated Combo pairs the coated Pantone Formula Guide with the coated Pantone Color Bridge...
    413125
    $324.00
  • PANTONE INC. Pantone Color Bridge Guide - Coated PANTONE INC. Pantone Color Bridge Guide - Coated

    Pantone Color Bridge Guide - Coated

    PANTONE INC.

    $254.00
    See side-by-side comparisons of how Pantone Spot Colors look when printed using CMYK on coated paper stock. Confidently manage and visualize color expectations when printing across platforms. Guide also includes HTML and RGB equivalent values for...
    397516
    $254.00