Books to love for Art School
While there is no actual required reading for this course, there are some books I cannot help but recommend because of the profound influence they have had on me as a constant student of art.
Josef Albers, Interaction of Color
This book is considered a "masterwork in art education". This book deals with subtle and complex color relationships and is considered one of the most influential books on color theory. Albers and his wife, Anni, taught and created at the Black Mountain College of Art, which was once located near to where I live in Western North Carolina. Because of that, the Asheville Art Museum (where I also teach), has a large collection of Josef & Annie Alber's art work
Yale also released an app for the iPad that is an interactive version of the book. There is a free version and a paid version ($13.99) in the app store.
This is one of my all-time favorite books on the topic of drawing!
Winter has published four editions ( I had the second edition back when I was in Art School!) He covers a diversity of types of drawings and techniques and how we can develop our skills in the studio as well developing our own unique style and language. A very comprehensive and approachable book on drawing.
Links to love for Art School
*I do not have any affiliation with the following organizations or blogs. I just really enjoy them as resources and so I recommend them!
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History
This is an unbelievable resource! It pulls together works from the museum's collections, organized by photographs of the work, chronological and geographical order, along with essays written about the works and time periods in art history. The most extensive timeline I have seen accessible to the public completely for free.
The Jealous Curator Blog
This is an incredibly fun blog to keep up with if you want to see what contemporary artists are doing right now. This blogger self-proclaimed herself The Jealous Curator, in the sense that all the art she shares she wished she had thought of! I get to keep up with artists from all over and so many different types of mediums that I may not hear about and see their work otherwise. Also, a dream to be featured on one day! An artist can dream, right?!
This Is Colossal
Another great blog that is regularly updated with pretty "colossal" art work! This is one I love to follow on Pinterest and Instagram to keep my feed fully inspired. This site tends to feature art that pushes levels of intricacy and craftsmanship to an extreme. Literally you find yourself looking at the work on the site and thinking to yourself that it is unbelievable that someone made that work with their hands.
The New York Public Library
Digital Collection in the Public Domain
On January 6th, 2016, the New York Public Library released nearly 180,000 of their historical photographs collection into the Public Domain (meaning: artists can use them!) and they are available for digital download on their website for free! This is an amazing tool for artists whether you are looking for inspiration, fodder for collaging or a photograph to work from!