Saturday, April 11, 2015

Reviewing: Daily Painting by Carol Marine

I don't know about you, but I am always on the search for more books to help me teach art. I am constantly learning new things and changing the way I teach. Daily Painting, though not just for art teachers, is a perfect tool to use in your classroom.

Daily Painting is broken down into 11 chapters, each talking about different aspects of paint from materials, to fighting artist's block to how to photograph your work to sell. Initially, I thought this book was going to take you day by day through painting different works with different types of paint. I was pleasantly surprised. Not only does Marine, speaks to the importance of painting everyday, and gives you practical exercises to enhance your own work and how by painting everyday you will see tremendous growth. But her book really teaches you how to create great paintings, through finding subject matter that you find appealing, creating interesting composition, and how to mix color while giving you stunning visual examples from her work as well as the works of others.

Daily Painting is perfect for art teachers, especially those who are new in the classroom. I struggled with color theory in college and it is something I struggle teaching with as well. This book breaks down the color wheel, saturation, ways paint lean, and how to use them in your work. It is a perfect refrence book when teaching to your students.

 While Marine's personal writing style makes it easy to read in one sitting, it is also great as a reference book. Being able to flip to specific chapters such as composition or drawing and proportion has helped me immensely and has given me to tools I need to take have learned into my classroom and share with my students. If you teach high school, this would be the perfect book to have on your shelf for students who want to learn more. It will stay on my bookshelf for years to come.

If you want to learn more about Carol and her painting a day project, click here.
If you would like to buy this book, click here

I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.

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