Monday, August 7, 2017

{Review} Foundations of Drawing by Al Gury

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From a leading art instructor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, a complete survey of drawing as an art form covering its history, materials, and key techniques, alongside step-by-step demonstrations.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
All opinions are my own* 
Foundations of Drawing is a comprehensive and authoritative overview of the history, aesthetics, methods, and materials of the drawing medium. Throughout, clearly defined demonstrations provide easy access to the practice of drawing as well as the history and development of core drawing techniques. Richly illustrated, the book contains reproductions of the finest master drawings from the fifteenth century to the present. Unlike other drawing instruction books that focus on step-by-step lessons exclusively, Foundations of Drawing provides readers with the context and background to help understand just why these materials and methods are so vital for successful drawing.

This is not a simple drawing book, you get so much more while reading this.  Foundations of Drawing is a practical guide to art history, tools, techniques, and styles.  What does this mean?  Well, it means you learn about the history of art while reading this, the tools and techniques they used while making this art, and what type of style the artist is. You will learn about artists from different time periods and how they saw the world around them. 

Foundations of Drawing starts off with the history of art and how it changes over each time period.  Al Gury then describes what tools were used during the time periods including how they were best used with techniques to hold each tool.  He uses many explains of art work from varies artist throughout history. Al Gury explains art beautifully in this 5 chapter book with 224 pages. 

I would recommend this book to art lovers.  Foundations of Drawing is full of history and techniques that will help your love for art grow stronger.  In my opinion, this would be a great addition to a homeschool art curriculum for 12 and up. I really enjoy how it goes into the history of art with so much detail.  You can grab your copy below with my Amazon affiliate link.