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Acrylic School (Reader's Digest Learn-As-You-Go-Guide) [Hardcover]

Hazel Harrison
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  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895779293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895779298
  • Product Dimensions: 25.6 x 19.5 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,723,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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For painting novices, this book recommends acrylic as the ideal medium, and offers guidance on using brushes, colours and practising "doodling". It then shows how to mix colours and with step-by-step demonstrations, guides the reader through various techniques used by acrylic painters. The final section is devoted to specific subject areas - landscape, buildings, still life, flowers and the human figure. Paintings by established artists are included to illustrate a wide variety of styles and methods. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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Hazel Harrison has managed to give a really comprehensive guide in 'Acrylics School'. It would be difficult to think of any aspect of using this medium that has been overlooked.
I liked the fact that Hazel does'nt always suggest the most expensive option in the "What you will Need" section as it is so easy to waste materials when starting out. In this section different acrylic mediums are demystified and a fairly limited palette suggested.
Throughout the book important points are highlighted by coloured stripes, this focuses attention when working through the exercises. Another detail which makes this book an outstanding learning tool.
There are some useful points on perspective, distance, space and composition which are of general interest and there is an excellent section showing how different artists interpret the same still life.
However the learner-painter wishes to use acrylics this attractive and well presented book should make the learning process a pleasure and, hopefully, lead to success - through hard work of course!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Variety of artists work. 28 April 2009
The use of a variety of artists work, rather than just using the authors works, enhances the value of this book. By analysing the methods of other artists the guide becomes more of a tutorial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars acrylic school 11 April 2013
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Very good Book useful enjoyed reading it and get inspired by it clean condition,easy transaction great thank you would order again
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5.0 out of 5 stars A rotten artist 4 Jan 2000
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I received this and several other books for Christmas from a professional artist who wanted me to share her passion for acrylic painting. This book is by far the best for a beginner such as myself. Most of the books my friend sent me were almost entirely devoted to technique, but this book also went into great detail about brushes, paints, canvas, paper, colors, etc. The author dedicates two pages to each topic, all of which are very well laid out and well organized (the pages even have color coded boxes in the top corner to help you find exactly what you are looking for). There are countless pictures that illustrate the effects of various techniques using different colors and mediums, which allows the beginning artist to skip over much of the initial experimentation usually involved when starting a new craft. There is no doubt that this is a book for beginners, but I think it is an ideal place to start. Secondly, despite its novice approach, the author covers nearly all of the techniques discussed in books that are considered to be far more advanced. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is serious about starting to paint with acrylics. Enjoy.
51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best overview of acrylics I've seen for a beginner. 6 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I am just starting out in acrylics and this book has been a fabulous resource. All the important information is very clearly and succinctly presented. The book has many photos so you can easily see what they are talking about rather than having to trudge through a lot of words. Highly recommended!
48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars worth the purchase for newbies 11 Sep 1999
By Sean J C Lancaster - Published on Amazon.com
i have never been an artist and don't have a lot of ability. i do; however, have the desire and the images in my head. this book really gave me the tool/skills/strategies necessary to get me going. i actually like the painting that i have completed. it looks better than i expected and i learned from the book to make it that way. as beginner as i am, i already feel i am past this book and ready for the next lesson. hmmm! i guess i'll buy something else.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all novice painters 4 Nov 2007
By Coach Girl - Published on Amazon.com
As a novice acrylic painter, I found this book to be the best beginners guidebook. After reviewing many, many books on acrylic painting, this is the only book that had it all. Chapter 3 provides the fundamentals on color basics. Understanding how to mix colors is a principle foundation that many other books failed to address. The rest of the book delves into various painting techniques that are simple to follow and understand. I would've given it 5 stars if the book came spiral bound, making it easier to use while painting. Wonderful book to have in my acrylics reference library.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty thorough 18 Oct 2004
By L. Brandon - Published on Amazon.com
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I thought this book was very good, especially for the beginner. It went through palette, color mixing, grounds, additives, and content. For the more experienced painter, I thought it made a good reference and refresher. It also had several artists who contributed their examples. This book is well illustrated with reference photos and more.
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