All About Art

It is time for the Homewood Public Library’s 5th Annual Student Art Contest. The contest will be held virtually this year, but we’re still expecting some fabulous art from our local students. Students may submit two original works of art produced within the last 12 months. Artwork will be judged by a panel of local artists with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners selected for various grade categories (K-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th). A Best in Show winner will also be selected. The last day to enter is March 31, 2021.

If your student needs a little inspiration, we’ve included some of our new art books! Click on the title to reserve a copy via the Library’s Online Catalog.

This is what I know about art by Kimberly Drew
In this powerful and hopeful account, arts writer, curator, and activist Kimberly Drew reminds us that the art world has space not just for the elite, but for everyone.


Women’s art work : more than 30 female artists who changed the world by Sophia Bennett
Discover the work of female artists who have made their mark on the art world Women’s Art Work introduces readers to the lives and work of the world’s most renowned artists. 

Masterpieces of Chinese art by Rhonda Cooper
The artistic masterpieces of Chinese civilizations from the Neolithic period to the twentieth century — encompassing sculpture, paintings, drawings, and pottery — are detailed in this illuminating volume, illustrated with 105 magnificent museum-quality reproductions.

African American art : the long struggle by Crystal Britton
Here is a visual celebration of African American Art from it’s beginnings in Colonial America up to the present day. From early folk art to contemporary paintings, prints, and sculpture, a selection of 107 full-color illustrations presents the remarkable history of America’s Black artistic heritage.

The awesome 3-D art coloring guide : learn 3-D coloring techniques & color cool drawings! by Yukari Mishima
You’ll learn how coloring techniques like blending, shading, blurring, outlining, and erasing can be used to capture shape and texture and create shadow within an illustration. 

Drawing animals by Lucy Swinburne
Whether you want to capture a beloved pet cat or a magnificent wolf on paper, this book provides a complete course in how to draw them.

The ultimate drawing book by Barrington Barber
Whether you are a budding artist or a professional wishing to develop your skills, This Ultimate Drawing Book is the perfect companion for you. Learn to draw everything from the texture of a silken cloth to a body in dynamic movement with this easy-to-follow guide. 

Beginner’s guide to fantasy drawing by Marisa Lewis
Delve into the enchanting world of dragons, wizards, and warriors with Beginner’s Guide to Fantasy Drawing – an accessible, entertaining introduction to creating fantasy concepts with only a few simple traditional tools and no prior drawing knowledge needed.

Pop manga drawing : 30 step-by-step lessons for pencil drawing in the pop surrealism style by Camilla D’Eerico
An easy-to-follow, step-by-step manga drawing instruction book from fan favorite manga artist and painter Camilla d’Errico, featuring 32 lessons on illustrating cute, cool, and quirky characters in the Pop Surrealist style with pencils.

Fashion drawing : inspirational step-by-step illustrations show you how to draw like a fashion illustrator by Carolyn Franklin
Includes drawing fashion figures; artistic techniques; choosing the right medium; inspirational sketchbook page; shows you how to develop your creative ideas.

Drawing and painting imaginary animals : a mixed-media workshop by Carla Sonheim
Rediscover a more child-like approach to creating with Drawing and Painting Imaginary Animals! Through fun and creative exercises, Carla Sonheim teaches you to draw a variety of fun animals and creatures, including: Dogs ; Birds ; Elephants ; Fish ; Cats ; Rabbits ; And many others.

Draw paint print like the great artists by Marion Deuchars
In this imaginative new activity book, Marion Deuchars makes learning about art fun. Young readers are introduced to more than thirty great artists, then encouraged to try out the techniques that lie behind their greatest works. Short and accessible facts about each artist’s life and works are followed by creative projects that Marion has devised based on the artist’s particular techniques. 

The art of paint pouring : tips, techniques, and step -by-step instructions for creating colorful poured art in acrylic by Amanda VanEver
Amanda VanEver, a popular YouTube artist, shares techniques for making poured art using full-page artwork and including affordable, reusable items.

Creative lettering and beyond : timeless calligraphy by Laura Lavender
A collection of traditional calligraphic hands from history and how to write them.

Draw 200 animals : the step-by-step way to draw horses, cats, dogs, birds, fish, and many more creatures by Lee J. Ames
A compendium of step-by-step drawing exercises from the best-selling Draw 50 series that features easy-to-follow lessons for rendering animals including cats, dogs, horses, prehistoric creatures, and more.

How to draw comics the marvel way by Stan Lee
Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and John Buscema, active and adventuresome artist behind the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, have collaborated on this comics compendium: an encyclopedia of information for creating your own superhero comic strips. Using artwork from Marvel comics as primary examples. Buscema graphically illustrates the hitherto mysterious methods of comic art. Stan Lee’s pithy prose gives able assistance and advice to the apprentice artist. Bursting with Buscema’s magnificent illustrations and Lee’s laudable word-magic, “How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way” belongs in the library of every kid who has ever wanted to illustrate his or her own comic strip.

Manga art : inspiration and techniques from an expert illustrator by Mark Crilley
The world of manga (Japanese comics) has captured the imagination of artists, both aspiring and professional alike. Now best-selling artist and art instructor Mark Crilley presents the most complete look yet at the variety of creative options available.

Paper to petal : 75 whimsical paper flower ideas to craft by hand by Rebecca Thuss
Design experts Rebecca Thuss and Patrick Farrell walk you through the basics of transforming inexpensive tissue and crepe papers and other simple materials into handmade blooms suitable for every occasion.

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