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Classical Life Drawing Studio (Art Students League of New Yor) [Hardcover]

James McElhinney and the Instructors of The Art Students League of New York , foreword by Will Barnet
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7 Oct 2010 1402762291 978-1402762291
Classical drawing is staging a comeback. The Art Students League of New York presents a unique and perfect celebration of this revival: a gallery of never-before-published 19th- and 20th-century drawings and invaluable insights from the Leagues figurative drawing teachers along with exemplary works by them and their select students. With a foreword by celebrated artist Will Barnet, this collection is the ultimate volume on the art of drawing.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (7 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402762291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402762291
  • Product Dimensions: 28.7 x 22.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James L. McElhinney received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and was later awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His artwork has been shown in more than 40 solo gallery and museum exhibitions and is found in many private and public collections. He teaches at the Art Students League and Pratt Institute and conducts oral histories for the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 5 May 2011
By myrtle
Format:Hardcover
This is a brilliant book, with wonderful examples of life drawing. It is lovely to find a book totally focussing on such skill and with beautiful results. The section on older drawings is great and then you get to the section of modern work and some of it is quite stunning and unbelievably skilled.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Discover Life Drawing 21 Jan 2011
Format:Hardcover
This is only a reference book. It is a must for people who want and need to see work of artists at The Art Students League of New York. It can prompt you into drawing when you have a blank piece of paper in front on your drawing board. It gives ideas of style and techniques employed for classical drawing, but you need the skill to draw
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifuly Illustrated Volume on Life Drawing 15 Feb 2011
By Martin Oconnor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This is a very nice book on American, academic-style figure drawing. There is only about 34 pages worth of text in this 200 page book. The remaining pages are quality, full and half page reproductions of life drawings from the 19th century to the present. While this book is not an instructional book, it would make a good inspirational folio. For an instructional book I would recommend: The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition, by Anthony Ryder.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty pictures, useless book 21 Oct 2011
By Michael D. Sepesy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Misled by the title, I got this book to see if it had lessons in it from classical art pertaining to figure drawing. The volume has many lovely figure drawings; if that's all you're looking for, then you may be happy with it. If you are looking for instruction, look elsewhere. The written text is essentially made up of a brief history of figure drawing and several personal essays from artists who reveal nothing other than a) the fact that they teach, accompanied with vague descriptions of the topics they cover, b) how classical art may have influenced them, and c) that some of them have books to sell. I gave this book 2 stars because the drawings were nice.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Short on promise contained in the title 1 Nov 2011
By Serge Rio - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was seduced by the title of the book and expected to find a complete course of drawing lessons as it is delivered at the Art Students League. Well, maybe I misunderstood the message but the book is nothing like that. It's essentially a collection of drawings from the ASLNY teachers with short stories about them and a few of their quotes or tips in-between. There is also a historical essay about the school itself and what is considered a classical drawing. A nice coffee table book but not much of instructional value.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classical Life Drawing Studio: Lessons & Teachings in the Art of Figure Drawing 10 Dec 2011
By K. Willoughby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Although a beautifully put together book with lots of illustrations, this book falls short of lessons and teachings in figure drawing. Nice to have in you collection for reference, not so much for instructional purposes. Was a little disappointed.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! 20 Dec 2010
By Camilo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Beautiful book, with tons of awesome reproductions from Art Students League collection of academic drawings.
It's also very, VERY cheap for what you will get.
If you are a proffesional artist, arts student, arts teacher, or just someone who like figurative drawing, don't think too much and buy it right now...
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