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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
E. L. Konigsburg
0689711816
Apr 1998
Paperback
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Book Review
After reading this book, I guarantee that you will never visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art (or any wonderful, old cavern of a museum) without sneaking into the bathrooms to look for Claudia and her brother Jamie. They're standing on the toilets, still, hiding until the museum closes and their adventure begins. Such is the impact of timeless novels . . . they never leave us. E. L. Konigsburg won the 1967 Newbery Medal for this tale of how Claudia and her brother run away to the museum in order to teach their parents a lesson. Little do they know that mystery awaits! --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Book Description
Claudia knew that she could never pull off the old-fashioned kind of running away...so she decided not to run FROM somewhere, but TO...


How To Paint Flames (Motorbooks Workshop)

0760318247


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Book Description
Custom paint jobs are more popular than ever, and no form of custom painting is "hotter" than the flame job. This book will explain how to design the best-looking flames for a particular vehicle, how to transfer that design to the vehicle, and how to apply the paint. The process of painting the flames will be broken into major segments so that the reader can go as far as they feel their skills and confidence will allow. - No other books focus exclusively on the art of painting flames- Color photography and photo-heavy approach boost the visual appeal of the book- Part of the fast-growing Motorbooks Workshop series.


I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
Karen Beaumont
0152024883
April 2005
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2–When Mama catches her son "paintin' pictures on the floor/and the ceiling/and the walls/and the curtains/and the door," she sticks him in the tub and declares, "Ya ain't a-gonna paint no more!" Fresh from his bath, the child rescues his hidden supplies and says, "So I take some red/and I paint my…/HEAD!" Subsequent rhymes move from neck down to feet as he adds gobs of color to different areas. Since the last word of each verse comes on the following page, readers get the satisfaction of completing the anticipated rhyme and seeing each newly painted body part with each page turn. Catrow splashes color all over, uses white space cleverly, and includes playful flourishes, such as a marching row of ants on the boy's arm and Easter egg designs on his leg....


The Lost Painting
Jonathan Harr
0375508015
Oct 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Given the relative obscurity of 16th-century the Italian baroque master and all-around creative bad boy Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, who after a flare of fame remained relatively unknown from his death until the 1950s, the 1992 discovery of the artist's missing painting The Taking of Christ understandably stirred up a frenzy in academic circles. Harr's skillful and long-awaited follow-up to 1997's A Civil Action provides a finely detailed account of the fuss. While contoured brush strokes and pentimenti repaints have little to do with the toxic waters and legalese Harr dissected in his debut, the author writes comfortably about complex artistic processes and enlivens the potentially tedious details of artistic restoration with his lively and articulate prose. Broken into short, succinct chapters, the narrative unfolds at a...


Chasing Vermeer
Blue Balliett
0439372976
May 2005
Paperback
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Book Review
In the classic tradition of E.L. Konigsburg’s From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, debut author Blue Balliett introduces readers to another pair of precocious kids on an artful quest full of patterns, puzzles, and the power of blue M&Ms. Eleven year old Petra and Calder may be in the same sixth grade class, but they barely know each other. It’s only after a near collision during a museum field trip that they discover their shared worship of art, their teacher Ms. Hussey, and the blue candy that doesn’t melt in your hands. Their burgeoning friendship is strengthened when a creative thief steals a valuable Vermeer painting en route to Chicago, their home town. When the thief leaves a trail of public clues via the newspaper, Petra and Calder decide to try and recover the painting themselves....


Carlson's Guide to Landscape Painting
John F. Carlson
0486229270
June 1973
Paperback
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Book Description
The whys and hows of the various aspects of landscape painting: angles and consequent values, aerial and linear perspective, painting of trees, emotional properties of line and mass in composition, light, unity of tone, plus information on canvas, palette, brushes and other materials and techniques. 34 reproductions of paintings by John Carlson. 58 explanatory diagrams. Index.


Romantic Oil Painting Made Easy

1929834292


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Midwest Book Review
Romantic Oil Painting Made Easy reveals Robert Hagan's techniques for creating romantic oil paintings the easy way. Hagan shows, step-by-step, how to use reference photographs and sketches to help assemble different elements to form a completely new setting, how to manipulate these elements to compose enchanting paintings using simple-to-understand "placement theory". Following the instructions in Romantic Oil Painting Made Easy can enable any painter to create stunning backgrounds, place the first figure in a carefully chosen spot serving as the "command post" from which to "key" all other elements of the painting. The basic nuts and bolts of making a painting are described, along with how to work with the tow "mother colors". There are eight sensational start-to-finish...


The Wright 3
Blue Balliett, Brett Helquist (Illustrator)
0439693675
April 1, 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-With her distinct style, Balliett returns to Chicago and the detective work of Calder and Petra, sixth graders at the University School. This time they are joined by Tommy, Calder's former best friend who had moved away for a year. In this architectural mystery, destruction threatens Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and the Wright 3, as the protagonists call themselves, piece together the puzzle that will lead to the building's rescue. While friction initially mars the three-sided friendship, Petra, Calder, and Tommy soon appreciate their individual roles in solving the mystery. Egged on by their unconventional teacher, the Wright 3 utilize Calder's geometric brain, Petra's writing and observing skills, and Tommy's uncanny findings to research and investigate the cryptic messages that Robie House...


America the Beautiful
Robert Clarke Sabuda
0689847440
Oct 2004
Hardcover
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Book Review
Every Robert Sabuda pop-up is a marvel, but America the Beautiful is singularly remarkable for its inspired interpretation of the classic American anthem. Each page presents a magnificent pop-up featuring a line from the first (and best known) verse of "America the Beautiful." Sabuda has included the song in its entirety, featuring mini pop-ups, in a small booklet on the final page. Beginning with the Golden Gate Bridge, and ending with a spectacularly regal Statue of Liberty, Sabuda's America the Beautiful is a lovely keepsake that also serves as a patriotic primer for teaching young ones about America. --Daphne Durham


Book Review's The Significant Seven
Master paper engineer Robert Sabuda answers the seven questions we ask every author.

Q: What book has had the most significant impact on your life?

A: Frog and...



Oil Painting for the Serious Beginner: Basic Lessons in Becoming a Good Painter
Steve Allrich
0823032698
June 1996
Paperback
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500 Tattoo Designs
Henry Ferguson
159223139X
June 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
Tattoos are no longer unusual or uncommon; they are now an undeniable element of mainstream style and fashion. But tattoos are expensive and, more importantly, permanent; so choosing an image is a very big decision. Here to help is 500 Tattoo Designs, a vast reference library of popular tattoos. Neatly organized by theme, the clearly executed line drawings cover every conceivable subject area - historical and traditional to modern, from tribal imagery of native American Indians, Japanese and Chinese characters, arcane hieroglyphics to gothic skulls, Celtic amulets, and more. The book also features body positioning hints for specific designs, a discussion of color dynamics, and notes on health and safety. Whether you want to show off your design or conceal it, this book is packed with hundreds of possibilities.


Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics
Burton Silver
1580082718
March 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
While the popular and enduring Why Cats Paint (1994) profiled the creative output of house pets, highlighting tabbies and Persian long-hairs with smeary abstract canvases they ostensibly made, the authors' latest volume inverts the paradigm, and offers instead the cat-as-canvas. Rexes and Siamese sport rainbow colors on their faces and flanks or graphic designs on their hindquarters: cats are transformed into butterflies, or clowns, or furry American flags. Presented as the document of a developing art movement, the book features a potpourri of artists and their "schools" (Neo-Totemism, Semiotic Anthropomorphism, Avant Funk), pairing big photographs with faux-interpretive essays about each cat and artist. Perhaps the most amazing entry is a portrait of Charlie Chaplin, supposedly painted with peroxide and...


The Dot
Peter H. Reynolds
0763619612
Oct 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
A frustrated grade school artist, Vashti sits slumped over her blank piece of paper at the end of art class. "I just CAN'T draw!" she tells her teacher. Her teacher first uses wit, then subtle yet clever encouragement to inspire her student to go beyond her insecurities and become, in the words of a younger boy who "can’t" draw either, "a really great artist."

Peter H. Reynolds crafts a quiet, pleasing story in The Dot--one that will strike a chord with children who have outgrown the self-assurance of kindergarten and begun to doubt their own greatness. His marvelous watercolor, ink, and, yes, tea illustrations are appealing in a Quentin Blakey way, especially as Vashti begins to go wild with her dots. The delightfully open-ended conclusion will have readers of all ages contemplating how they can make their own mark...



Andy Warhol: Giant Size
Editors of Phaidon Press (Author), et al
071484540X
February 28, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. With its beautiful layouts, pin-sharp reproductions and sparkling texts, this enormous 15-pound book is worth every penny of its price. The volume kicks off with an illuminating essay by Dave Hickey (Air Guitar) that traces the development of Warhol's genre-mocking style to his childhood in industrial Pittsburgh. Poverty forced Warhol to hone the instincts of a salesman, Hickey suggests, and neighborhood tales about Czech folk hero David Schrapnel taught him his favorite artistic method: get it exactly wrong. "Exactly wrong demonstrated that you knew what was exactly right and you were doing it wrong for the right reasons," Hickey explains. "Thus, in his impoverished early days as a fashion illustrator, Warhol dressed so wretchedly that... colleagues suspected him of being rich." The volume...


Leaf Man
Lois Ehlert
0152053042
Sept 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Ehlert (Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf) returns to one of her favorite themes—the rainbow beauty of autumn leaves—for this refreshing riff on leaf peeping and collecting. A narrator recalls the Leaf Man that used to live nearby but recently blew away with the wind. "He left no travel plans." From that breezy beginning, the narrator imagines the different flight patterns the Leaf Man may have followed "past the chickens, toward the marsh,... over the prairie meadows,... past the spotted cows," and punctuates the lyrical text with an occasional refrain ( "a Leaf Man's got to go where the wind blows"). All the while, Ehlert sparks her foliage flight of fancy with her snazzy leaf collages. Fiery maple, brown mottled catalpa and bright yellow ginko leaves take the shape of various animals and objects on each...


Michelangelo: The Complete Sculpture, Painting, Architecture
Michelangelo Buonarroti, William E. Wallace
0883633310
November 15, 1998
Hardcover
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From Library Journal
In one concise volume, Wallace (art history, Washington Univ.) presents an accurately rendered life in intelligent, accessible prose. Though not footnoted, it consists of an overview with chronology of Michelangelo's life, followed by three extensive chapters on his major creations?sculpture, painting, and architecture?each illustrated with stunning photographs and post-restoration reproductions. There are several fold-out sections, including a full-color Sistine ceiling and a complete diagram of all its segments. The commentary accompanying each work is engaging, and the layout is thoughtful and well planned, corresponding to the text. While there is a plethora of worthwhile books on Michelangelo, including those that focus in depth on a particular aspect (see Pierluigi De Vecchi and Gianluigi Colalucci's...


How the Zebra Got Its Stripes
Golden Books
0307988708
Jan 2002
Hardcover
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Book Description
As a group of African animals hang out at the local watering hole, they share funny stories about how the zebra got its stripes. At the end of the book, fun facts explain why zebras really have stripes. For any child intrigued by zebras, this colorful, informative book is a must!

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As a group of African animals hang out at the local watering hole, they share funny stories about how the zebra got its stripes. At the end of the book, fun facts explain why zebras really have stripes. For any child intrigued by zebras, this colorful, informative book is a must!


The Tattoo Encyclopedia
Terisa Green
0743223292
Aug 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Skipping the technical details of how to get a tattoo, Green's catalog delves into the fascinating realm of why people get tattoos and what images they choose. After an introduction sketching the history of skin art, Green, an archaeologist and UCLA research associate, launches into an alphabetical encyclopedia with a collection of common tattoo symbols under each letter. She offers an illustration of the symbols and describes the meaning and symbolism behind each. For example, a hammer suggests "might, activity, and brute force." The book also explains more obscure tattoos, such as the number 13, which stands for the thirteenth letter of the alphabet (M) and is sometimes used in lieu of a marijuana leaf; and a sunflower, which represents constancy. Green covers some 800 images, from acorn ("an ancient...


The Judgment of Paris : The Revolutionary Decade That Gave the World Impressionism
Ross King
0802714668
January 10, 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. NBCC finalist King (Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling) presents an engrossing account of the years from 1863—when paintings denied entry into the French Academy's yearly Salon were shown at the Salon des Refusés—to 1874, the date of the first Impressionist exhibition. To dramatize the conflict between academicians and innovators during these years, he follows the careers of two formidable, and very different, artists: Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier, a conservative painter celebrated for detailed historical subjects, and Édouard Manet, whose painting Le Déjeuner sur l'herbe caused an uproar at the Salon des Refusés. Many other artists of the day, among them Courbet, Degas, Morisot, Monet and Cézanne, are included in King's compelling narrative,...


The Black Velvet Artist with Other
Pamela Liflander
0762414782
June 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Mini kitsch alert! Dip into the pleasingly retro art of painting on velvet with this cool little kit. Contains a 32-page book of instruction and inspiration, 3 pieces of velvet paper pre-pressed with images of a gaudy matador, a sad harlequin, and a sunset beach scene, plus paints.


The Elements of Color
Johannes Itten
0471289299
January 31, 1970
Hardcover
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Book Description
A useful simplification and condensation of Johannes ltten's major work. The Art of Color, this book covers subjective feeling and objective color principles in detail. It presents the key to understanding color in ltten's color circle and color contrasts.

Language Notes
Text: English, German (translation)

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Mickey Lawler's Skydyes: A Visual Guide to Fabric Painting
Mickey Lawler
157120072X
September 1999
Paperback
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Book Review
Renowned textile artist Mickey Lawler's exquisite hand-painted fabrics are eagerly sought by quilters. Here she shares her amazing way with color and design, instructing readers of any skill level how to paint cottons to achieve remarkable scenic effects suggesting sunrises, sunsets, night skies, storms, seas, landscapes, and gardens. Most of all she exhorts us to have fun, to relax and develop a playful attitude toward our work, to enjoy the serendipitous results these techniques produce. Strewn throughout these vivid pages are gorgeous quilts by various artists utilizing Lawlor's hand-painted fabrics. Also included is one brief project for turning your own painted fabrics into a simple quilt. --Amy Handy

From Library Journal
Like many of C&T's offerings, Skydyes takes an easygoing...


Graffiti World : Street Art from Five Continents
Nicholas Ganz
0810949792
October 26, 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Following the unrelated project Autograf: New York City's Graffiti Writers (powerHouse), which also took an auteur-based approach this past season, Granz (whose pen name is Keinom) widens the scope to present those he sees as the world's top graffiti writers, offering alphabetical sections of artists from the Americas, Europe and "The Rest of the World." Short prefatory histories put New York at the center of the modern graffiti world, with South American countries like Brazil later having "reached a high standard." The work is beautifully photographed throughout; multiple pieces by each artist are laid out appealingly over verso-recto spreads, along with a paragraph by Granz detailing the artist's origins and the main thrust of the work (and occasionally a photo of the artist him or herself). From gigantic...

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