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An Artist's Handbook: Materials and Techniques [Paperback]

Margaret Krug

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Oct. 1 2007 0810994011 978-0810994010
Every art studio needs a comprehensive guide to drawing and painting materials and how to use them. Written by contemporary artist and instructor Margaret Krug with today’s artist in mind, An Artist’s Handbook is just that, complete with demonstration photographs, taken especially for this book, showing the materials and techniques described in action. The lively text demystifies a variety of historical and contemporary techniques, from the selection of media, preliminary sketching, and the preparation of canvas to fresco, oil, tempera, encaustic, and acrylic painting. Copious color art reproductions serve as both models and inspiration; along with her general instructions, Krug adds basic exercises for the reader to encourage and emphasize the value of independent exploration of media. This is the only “materials and techniques” book the contemporary artist and student will ever need.

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Margaret Krug is an instructor in painting and drawing at Parsons School of Design in New York City, and senior lecturer at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Her teaching covers a broad range of techniques. An artist herself, she has had several solo exhibitions, and her work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions. She lives in New York City.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential text. Spread the word about this one. Nov. 11 2007
By 3buttonMouse - Published on Amazon.com
Laurie, Doerner, Wehlte, Hiler, Kay... and now Krug. Not a law firm, but a list of writers about art materials and techniques, who actually have something useful and important to say: art materials don't just mysteriously show up at the store in little tubes, you can make them yourself, as artists have done for centuries, until this part of the creative process was hijacked by manufacturers concerned with shelf life and merchandising. Margaret's coverage of casein, distemper, and encaustic are worthy of particular note; these techniques are rarely explored in print, and the recipes and demonstrations for distemper (painting with glue, like Dieric Bouts or Bonnard) and distemper as underpainting for encaustic (like the Fayum paintings of Egypt) are both scholarly and artistically exciting. Fabulous! Get this book, and get painting!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent resource for students and teachers of art Oct. 15 2007
By Carrie L. Cooperider - Published on Amazon.com
An Artist's Handbook: Materials and Techniques by Margaret Krug is an inspiring and extremely user-friendly reference for both students and teachers of art. The abundant examples of beautifully reproduced artwork, all in color, keep pace with the wide range of drawing and painting techniques Krug describes. The author's vision is expansive; though examples by historical and contemporary masters are in plentiful supply, I was delighted by the inclusion of a concise and lively watercolor by seven-year-old Helen Henry done in 1914 that would not be out of place in a gallery today. For her rich array of offerings, Krug provides historical background and information on materials as well as step-by-step instructions and suggested exercises for getting started.

The various elements of the book - the great reproductions, Pamelia Markwood's wonderful photographs that illustrate the technical processes with clarity and precision, the book's thoughtful structure, and Krug's easily understood instructions - work together to give one the sense of being personally guided by a very gifted and knowledgeable teacher and practitioner of art. The book also helpfully includes a list of further recommended reading, a glossary of terms, an index and safety guidelines. I highly recommend it.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be considered a staple acquisition. March 2 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Every art studio needs a guide to essential drawing and painting materials and how to use them, making AN ARTIST'S HANDBOOK a key acquisition not just for college-level art libraries and individual artists, but for general-interest holdings where patrons would understand the historical and modern techniques the artist needs to master in all media, from sketches to oil and acrylic paints. It's the only in-depth 'materials and techniques' guide oriented to modern art students and should be considered a staple acquisition.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Basic techniques Oct. 13 2011
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An Artist's Handbook: Materials and Techniques (Abrams Studio)
The title says it all. It covers all aeras of the painting process, from makeing your own paints to streaching your canvas. Plus actual painting techiques for each type of paint like Oils, Acrylics, Water colors, and more. I would advice any art student, teacher recommended or not, to buy this book even if only for reference.
5.0 out of 5 stars a must have April 22 2013
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great book and an artist's best friend in the studio. A must have for students and professionals. Get yours today!

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