Art & Education

50 Ways to Draw Your Beautiful Ordinary Life
Van Der Hulst, Astrid
The mindful pleasure of learning to draw, with paper goodies and creative secrets from expert illustrators.

Draw the Flow way. In this innovative approach to drawing instruction, the illustrators from Flow magazine open up their tool kits, sharing secrets and techniques to teach the creatively curious how to draw. And paper goodies bound into the book encourage artistic exploration and remind us of the mindful pleasure of doing creative work.

The lessons, 50 in all, show how to render the kinds of things we see every day: a bouquet of flowers, a beloved teacup, colorful mittens, the kitchen table, a bike, jam jars, a cat, an apple tree. Along the way we learn about color, materials, perspective, tools, and negative space.

Filled with paper goodies: ​

  • Paper doll fashion sketchbook to draw your favorite outfits
  • Mini daily drawing pad
  • DIY postcards
  • Watercolor, tracing, and colored papers
  • House interiors to unfold and decorate
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    $24.95
    Adventures in Cartooning
    Frederick-Frost, Alexis

    In this action-packed cartooning adventure, kids will have as much fun making comics as reading them!

    Once upon a time . . . a princess tried to make a comic. And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how - well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning, and into her very own adventure! Like the princess, young readers will discover that they already have the drawing and writing skills it takes to make a comic - they just need a little know-how. And Adventures in Cartooning supplies just that.

    Item No. 9781596433694
    $15.99
    Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action
    Frederick-Frost, Alexis

    The Knight, Edward the chubby horse, and of course the Magic Cartooning Elf are back for more fun, but this time they're sharing the stage with a host of new characters.

    In Adventures in Cartooning: Characters In Action you'll learn how to create your own kooky characters. And fresh faces are needed -- the famous director Otto Airs is making a movie, and he's invited everyone in the kingdom to audition! It's your chance to dream up boatloads of wacky characters to star in the film. Discover how body language and expression are used to tell a story, dress a wizard to the nines, and choose the perfect rogue robot. After following the heroes on their cartooning adventure, you'll be ready to create characters to star in your own comic book!

    Item No. 9781596437326
    $12.99
    Art Before Breakfast
    Gregory, Danny
    Packed with the signature can-do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe, this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration. For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can't seem to find time in the day, Gregory offers 5- to 10-minute exercises for every skill level that fit into any schedule--whether on a plane, in a meeting, or at the breakfast table--along with practical instruction on techniques and materials, plus strategies for making work that's exciting, unintimidating, and fulfilling. Filled with Gregory's encouraging words and motivating illustrations, Art Before Breakfast teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art.
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    $19.95
    Art Lab for Kids
    Schwake, Susan

    "Susan Schwake's "Art Lab for Kids "is a well-thought-out guide, making it easy to introduce art into children's lives. Simple, clear explanations of technique, combined with inspiration from established artists, will enable children to feel successful and encouraged to explore art as a form of expression." - Rebecca Emberley, best-selling children's book author and illustrator

    Item No. 9781592537655
    $22.99
    Art Lab for Little Kids
    Schwake, Susan
    Developed for the younger set (4-6 year olds) and targeting one of the most critical developmental periods for children, Art Lab for Little Kids is the perfect book for both parents and teachers who are seeking enriching and unique experiences to offer this age group. As in Susan Schwake's first book, Art Lab for Kids (Quarry Books, 2012), the Labs can be used as singular projects, or used to build up to a year of hands-on fine art experiences. Each Lab also features the work of a prominent artist for inspiration. The book begins with an introduction on materials and setting up a space for making art. The lessons that follow are open-ended to be explored over and over - with different results each time. They are geared for children being taught or guided by adults and are successful on all levels of experience and age. They do not result in "cookie cutter" end products, but are a method of learning something new each time they are used. This motivational book stands out as a unique reference for creating fine art with children through finding the student's own voice, marks and style and with playful lessons that result in significant skill building. Gorgeous photography shows different results from different people using the same lesson, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist's personal style. Art Lab for Little Kids is a fresh source of creative activities for families and community groups or will work as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers in home school, preschool, and kindergarten environments.
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    $24.99
    Big Messy Art Book
    Kohl, Maryann
    Adventurous art beyond your wildest imagination!
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    $14.95
    Celestial Watercolor: Learn to Paint
    McElroy, D R
    The zodiac has been used for a millennia to bring humans closer to the cosmos. With this creative masterpiece, it's your turn to travel nearer the heavens following simple directions for painting each of the constellations, accompanied by information about each sign of the zodiac. A basic introduction to watercolor techniques and its tools will get you started.

    Learn how to paint the beautiful night sky throughout the seasons while learning about sun signs and their place in astrology with Celestial Watercolor--complete with an overview of the tools and techniques of watercolor.

    This guide to painting the stars also features:
  • How to achieve the look of the night sky unique to each season, from the light blue summer night to the deep blue of the winter
  • Watercolor wash techniques wet-into-wet and wet-on-dry painting
  • How to paint moons throughout the year, including the 12 moons from the Native American and spiritual traditions
  • Adding environmental elements, including trees, mountains, and lakes
  • Ideas for night sky painting gifts for baby showers, weddings, birthdays, and other occasions
  • Express your passion for the night sky in paint with â Celestial Watercolor, whether you're a weekend artist or a more experienced artist looking to expand your repertoire.
    Item No. 9781631065880
    $19.99
    Collage Lab
    Shay, Bee

    Collage Lab offers artists and crafters a fun and experimental approach to making art. The book is organized into 52 different labs which may, but don't need to be, explored on a weekly basis. The labs can be worked in any order, so that readers can flip around to learn a new mixed-media technique or be inspired by a particular collage theme or application. The underlying message of this book is that artists can and should learn and gain expertise through experimentation and play. There is no right or wrong result for a given exercise, yet readers will gain skills and confidence in collage techniques, allowing them to take their work to a new level.

    Collage Lab is illustrated with brilliant full-color images and multiple examples of each exercise, offers a visual, non-linear approach to learning art techniques, and reinforces a fun and fearless approach to making art.

    Item No. 9781592535651
    $24.99
    Collage Workshop for Kids
    Merenstein, Shannon
    Be inspired and delighted by Collage Workshop for Kids, a colorful art instruction book on collage techniques for children--made in cooperation with The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

    Collage Workshop for Kids pairs essays by educators from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art with instructions on collage technique. Chapters explore favorite art themes for kids and demonstrate how to work with colored tissue paper, newspaper, fabric and buttons, painted paper, torn paper, and more.

    In each chapter, Reggio-inspired author and teacher Shannon Merenstein explores each technique with original ideas. Members of the museum's education staff offer expert advice on creating art with children.

    Everything you need to know about collage is in this book, making it a great reference for teachers, librarians, and parents.

    Item No. 9781631595202
    $25.99
    Color Lab
    Deborah Forman

    Create the very best mixed media with 52 inspiring exercises!

    Strenthening your understanding and use of color will make your mixed-media art shine as you complete 52 labs that span painting, collage, drawing, assemblage and more.

    In Color Lab for Mixed Media Artists, color is explored through multiple lenses-nature, history, psychology, expression-as you work through 52 exciting and approachable projects that explore the infinite potential of the chromatic experience.

    Artist and color-theory expert Deborah Forman provides you with techniques and instruction. These materials and labs focus primarily on paint and collage, along with experimental projects for book making, sculpture and installation. Work your way through the color spectrum, using the steady beat of color as the guiding framework.

    Don't be intimidated by color--understand how it works, what shade, tint, and pure color will work for your project, and how to select, mix, or pair colors. When you're done, you'll have 52 personal, meaningful, outstanding, and colorful projects and the inspiration to create many more!

    "Deb Forman's book is a welcome addition to my studio book shelf. The exercises provide the novice with valuable information on techniques and materials combined with the confidence to explore their own intuitive creative path. For the experienced artist the exercises offer an opportunity to engage with familiar painting mediums in fresh new ways. I would recommend this book both to novice artists just starting out and established artists seeking to reinvigorate their studio practice." - Neal Walsh, Painter and Gallery Director at AS220

    "Deborah Forman is a fantastic teacher. She is able to bring her myriad talents to bear in the classroom by transmitting the joy and pleasure she takes in her own artistic practice to her students, who are at many different points in their own creative journeys. She is incredibly generous with her ideas, and honors the integrity of all of her students by encouraging experimentation, tenacity, and compassion as they develop their own skills as artists." - Dr. Karen Carr, Humanities Professor, RISD

    "Deborah Forman's Color Theory course was inspiring, exciting and informative. She encouraged her students to push their experimentation with color to the limits which resulted in beautiful palettes that I never dreamed I could create. Overall, this class was a wonderful experience and gave me great insight as to which direction I want to take with my own artwork.â??"â?? - former student

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    $24.99
    Colors: True Color
    Ranaldi, Giovanna

    Explore all the colors of the rainbow.

    From vermilion to indigo and a whole spectrum in between, this beautiful gift book is the ultimate introduction to the world of color. Kids and adults alike can learn about color wheels, warm and cool shades, where colors get their names from and how famous artists like Monet, Matisse and Mondrian used color to bring their own works of art to life. Create an impressionist painting, mix together your very own paint and try your hand at creating different tones using watercolors. Packed full of fun activity prompts and featuring 16 blank pages of high quality art paper for you to get creative, True Color is the perfect tool for unleashing your inner artist.

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    $12.95
    Creature Garden
    Goldhawk, Harry
    The Creature Garden is an illustrator's step-by-step sourcebook for drawing and painting 50 real and imagined creatures in a whimsical folk-art style. With an embossed cover, striking endpapers, and extraordinary interior illustrations, this beautifully crafted book is a unique piece of art in itself.

    Husband-and-wife illustrator team Harry and Zanna Goldhawk, the founders of Papio Press, teach you how to make vibrant paintings of these beautiful beasts and fictional fauna:

  • Mammals, including big cats, wolves, sloths, and red pandas
  • Marine life, including whales, sea dragons, narwhals, and giant Pacific octopi
  • Birds, including peacocks, cranes, owls, and flamingos
  • Insects, including butterflies, moths, bumblebees, and damselflies
  • Mythical creatures, including mermaids, unicorns, dragons, phoenixes, centaurs, and hippogriffs
  • And more!
  • The Creature Garden begins with the basics, first instructing you on which tools to use, how to create patterns, the importance of keeping a sketchbook, and even avoiding comparison with other artists. The book then navigates through each illustration in a step-by-step manner that is manageable and easy to understand. Each project carefully guides you through each phase of the artistic process, from creating an outline to adding a realistic animal pattern.

    You'll also learn how to draw botanical patterns from different environments--the garden, forest, jungle, and ocean--that enable you to surround your animal drawings with a natural environment.

    Full of lush warmth and fairy-tale wonder, The Creature Garden is a wonderful addition to the repertoire of both seasoned artists and novices alike.

    Item No. 9781631064272
    $25.00
    Cut Paper Pictures
    Robin, Clover
    Cut Paper Pictures is both an inspiration and a guide to using paper as your paint in creating personalized art with amazing depth and texture. Collaging is a fun and easy craft to make no matter what your skill level, and this is an excellent book to assist creative minds through whatever making process they favor.

    Collaging can be done with a variety of different materials. Cut Paper Pictures shows how you can incorporate paint and other materials into your collages to really bring your art to life. Teaching through demonstration and deconstructed projects, visual artist Clover Robin guides you through the process without pushing you into specific projects. Offering step-by-step instructions, visual inspirations, and even a library of unique colors and textures, the author covers all the necessary materials, tools, and know-how, from adding color and using existing photos to create unique personal art.

    Additional uses include:

  • Scrap books,
  • Vision boards
  • Art journals
  • Creative Planners
  • Decoupage
  • Or any other mixed media art project!
  • Whether you're looking to create floral lettering, patterns for prints, nature scenes from landscapes, photo recreation for homemade gifts, personalized maps, or unique and colorful personal cook book entries, this book is for you.

    The book also includes 31 perforated pages that you can pull out and use for your own collage creation. Simple, approachable, and endlessly rewarding, this book allows you to create unique and charming keepsake that you'll cherish forever.

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    $25.00
    Draw Every Little Thing
    Waycott, Flora
    Learn to draw and paint more than 100 of your favorite everyday items! Step-by-step projects, prompts, creative inspiration make it fun and easy to draw your outfit, your favorite foods, your garden, and much more using drawing and painting tools you already have on hand.

    With Draw Every Little Thing, you can learn to draw and paint your favorite everyday items. From learning to draw and paint plants, flowers, and bicycles to the neighborhood café and the contents of the kitchen cabinet, this contemporary drawing book demonstrates just how easy it is to render the world around you with little more than a pencil, paper, and paint.

    Following a brief introduction to the joys of simplistic drawing and painting, this aesthetically pleasing book familiarizes you with a range of drawing tools and materials, including graphite pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and gouache, before offering a quick overview of basic color theory. Each subsequent chapter is then devoted to a specific theme--kitchenalia, hobbies, neighborhood haunts, and much more--and packed with simple step-by-step drawing projects.

    This accessible book encourages you to jump around so you can draw what immediately inspires you. Interactive prompts, creative exercises, and inspiring ideas make the process fun and engaging. Easy techniques and helpful instructions show you how to develop your own personal style, as well as add color to your drawings using gouache and colored pencil. Crafty projects round out the book, allowing you to use your newfound drawing and painting skills.

    Filled to the brim with whimsical artwork and loads of creative ideas, Draw Every Little Thing encourages artists of all skill levels to draw any time inspiration strikes.

    The Inspired Artist series invites art hobbyists and casual art enthusiasts to have fun learning basic art concepts, relaxing into the creative process to make art in a playful, contemporary style.

    Check out the follow-up book, Inspired Artist: Paint Every Little Thing (September 2021). Also from the series, find even more artistic inspiration with Block Print for Beginners (March 2021) and Watercolor Painting at Home (October 2021).

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    $19.99
    Drawing Book with Melissa Sweet

    Draw with Melissa Sweet!

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    $9.95
    Drawing Lesson: Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw
    Crilley, Mark
    Read This Comic and Start Drawing Today! Nominated for a 2017 Eisner Award

    For the first time ever, drawing instructor and graphic novelist Mark Crilley brings his easy-to-follow artistic instruction to aspiring artists in the form of a comic book, providing you with a one-of-a-kind how-to experience. In The Drawing Lesson, you'll meet David--a young boy who wants nothing more than to learn how to draw. Luckily for David, he's just met Becky--his helpful drawing mentor. Page by page, Becky teaches David (and you!) about the essential fundamentals that artists need in order to master drawing, all in a unique visual format. In panel after panel, Crilley provides lessons on shading, negative space, creating compositions, and more, with accompanying exercises that you can try for yourself. Are you ready to start your drawing lesson today?
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    $18.99
    Drawing Workshop for Kids
    Caughey, Samara
    Help kids build confidence and find their own creative voice through this collection of 25+ invitations for drawing.

    In Drawing Workshop for Kids, art educator Samara Caughey, founder of the highly praised family-centered art studio Purple Twig, shares drawing activities that support the development of creative, confident children ages 7 and up.

    All kids need to begin engaging in the pleasure of these simple yet inspiring drawing projects are a pencil and paper. Along the way, new materials are introduced, giving kids the opportunity to experiment with new techniques.

    Each of the three main chapters--drawing from life, drawing from images, and inventive drawing--focuses on techniques to explore, such as observation, mark making, shadow, line, composition, detail, contour, and perspective.

    Drawing Workshop for Kids strives to inspire children to investigate drawing and develop their own approach to art, building creativity and confidence.

    Item No. 9781631599439
    $24.99
    Field Guide to Color: A Watercolor Workbook
    Solomon, Lisa
    Play with paint, get creative with color, and discover your personal palette--a joyful, interactive workbook for creativity, self-expression, and deepening your understanding of how color works.

    Color is one of the most profound ways we have to express ourselves. In this lively workbook for artists, graphic designers, hobbyists, and creators of all types, you will journal your way through fresh and enriching ways to develop a more personal connection to color in your art and life. Using watercolors, gouache, or any other water-based medium, dive into color theory and explore your personal style while playing with a balanced blend of experiments and color meditations. Discover a personal color wheel while exploring tints and shades. Experiment with color mixing while you make as many of one color as you can - and then name them all (honeydew green, avocado green, mint ice cream...). Through playful prompts and inspiring examples, and with lots of room for painting, this book will guide you to a new or expanded relationship with color and deepen your understanding of what color can do for you.

    Item No. 9781611806120
    $27.95
    Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids
    Foster-Wilson, Lee
    Make art and memories with the special kids in your life! Packed with how-to drawing and painting projects, creative prompts, and original crafting activities, The Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids will inspire you and your little ones to spend hours of creative fun together. Whether you're a teacher, a homeschooling parent, or a creative looking to improve upon your drawing skills while having fun with your kids, this book is for you!

    The Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids includes drawing and painting projects featuring popular, kid-friendly, and on-trend subjects--like dinosaurs, pets, flowers, and robots--that adults and kids can create together. Guided practice pages invite interactivity and allow children and adults to draw and paint the same subjects, side by side, for a fun-filled joint activity. The book's artwork is colorful, cheerful, approachable, and done using ordinary, easily available art tools, including markers, crayons, colored pencils, and acrylic paint.

    In addition to drawing lessons, The Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids also includes projects and ideas for using artwork created from the prompts in the book to make crafts, including a map, pop-up art, paper dolls, and much more.

    The Grown-Up's Guide to Making Art with Kids teaches valuable drawing, painting, and crafting skills to both kids and adults; inspires creativity; and encourages family togetherness. What better way to avoid screen time than by drawing, painting, and creating together with your kids? Follow-up books in the series that are also ideal for kids and adults to do together include The Grown-Up's Guide to Painting with Kids and The Grown-Up's Guide to Crafting with Kids, both publishing in June 2020.
    Item No. 9781633227392
    $14.99
    Hand Printing from Nature
    Bethmann, Laura Donnelly

    Discover how to use found natural materials – such as leaves, flowers, feathers, vegetables, fruits, shells, weeds, and wood grain – to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. Simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques.

    Imagine shower invitations featuring delicate herbal prints – or a huge room divider screen printed with tall, billowy marsh grasses, flowing water patterns, and fish. Try making one-of-a-kind home furnishings, such as a clothes hamper printed with scallop shells, a footstool printed with cinnamon sticks, or a lampshade printed with willow leaves on bark paper. Or make one-of-a-kind wearables, like an apron printed with sage or a shirt printed with striking geometric shapes cut from maple leaves. There’s something here for every inventive crafter.

    Discover how to use natural materials to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. With simple step-by-step instructions and clear photographs, Laura Bethmann encourages crafters of all levels to create original nature prints with leaves, flowers, fruits, shells, stones, and more. Her unique project ideas include stationery printed with maple leaves, a clothes hamper printed with scallop shells, and a pillow printed with cabbage. Before you know it, you'll be designing one-of-a-kind nature prints to reflect your unique personality and style.

    Item No. 9781603425599
    $20.95
    How to Make Hand-Drawn Maps
    Cann, Helen
    With wonderful examples and easy-to-follow instructions, this beautifully illustrated how-to book makes it simple and fun to create one-of-a-kind hand-drawn maps. Helpful templates, grids, and guidelines complement a detailed breakdown of essential cartographic elements and profiles of talented international map artists. From city maps and family trees to treasure maps, palmistry charts, platformgame maps, and more, the wide range of projects collected here will satisfy first-time cartographers as well as veteran mapmakers inspired by the popular map art trend.
    Item No. 9781452169910
    $27.50
    Imagine a Forest: Designs and Inspirations for Enchanting Folk Art
    Mirtalipova, Dinara

    From the inspired mind of Dinara Mirtalipova comes Imagine a Forest, a drawing and design guide to creating your own Eastern European folklore inspired artwork. Escape to your own forested fairy tale.

    Imagine a Forest explores the unique style of illustrator Dinara Mirtalipova; a style which is rooted in the rich traditions of Eastern European folklore. This drawing and design guide features instructions and tips on how to draw your own beautiful art in a modern folklore style. Create charming flowers, birds, animals, fairy tale characters, mythical creatures and more.

    The lush and captivating illustrations and encouraging, easy-to-follow advice featured in these step-by-step tutorials will guide you through Dinara's gorgeous folk-art drawings and inspire you to create your own. Dinara even gives you design ideas and project suggestions so you can make and decorate practical things with your beautiful art.

    Don't spend every day in the boring real world--escape to a beautiful Eastern European fairy tale with Imagine a Forest. Who knows what you might find!

    Item No. 9781631062353
    $19.99
    In Pursuit of Inspiration
    Dunn, Rae
    Author and ceramicist Rae Dunn shares her favorite techniques for approaching a blank page and creating art. Discover how to draw with your non-dominant hand and sketch with objects found in nature. Colorfully illustrated with watercolors, sketches, original patterns, dreamy photography, and hand-lettered insights.
    - Visually rich book with shapes, colors, and textures to inspire and instruct
    - Find beauty in everyday objects, sights, and unexpected places
    - Full of tips, prompts, and exercises designed to help you trust your instincts and inspire creativity

    Fans of Wilma's World: Good Advice from a Dog and France: Inspiration du Jour will love this book.

    This book is perfect for any aspiring artist, photographer or creative spirit,
    - Artists
    - Watercolorists
    - Photographers

    Item No. 9781452168852
    $22.95
    Kids' Book of Paper Love
    Van Der Hulst, Astrid
    A surprise on every page!

    Brimming from cover to cover with projects and other paper surprises, The Kids' Book of Paper Love, from the bestselling editors of Flow magazine and books, is a bounty of a book that begs to be folded, cut up, collaged, doodled on, and shared.

    Loop paper strips into a paper chain. Snip out bookmarks. Fold a paper house. Make photo booth props--a silly mustache, a crown--to pose with friends. Bind up a DIY storybook and use it to sketch out adventures and dreams. Construct a paper flower bouquet, a paper terrarium, a fortune-teller with prompts like Lend someone a book and tell them why you recommend it.

    Plus there are Flow's signature paper goodies, including a foldout paper banner, postcards, glitter stickers, a paper doll, a two-sided poster, and so much more. It's a pure hands-on treat.

    Every page is an activity! Includes:

  • Decorative cutouts
  • Cards for friends
  • A DIY storybook
  • Stamp stickers
  • Photo booth props
  • ...and more!
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    $19.95