Ophelia Pang's Interactive Art Book
Start with a Shape to Colour, Draw and Design
Based in Hong Kong, artist Ophelia Pang is known for working with bold colours and simple shapes. In this interactive book, with coloured pages and templates to cut out, she encourages novice artists to create 30 projects by exploring different colour schemes, experimenting with drawing, and making a series of collages. Age 7+
Travels with Watercolour
For many years, Lucy Willis, in collaboration with The Artist magazine, led groups on painting expeditions as far afield as India and Zanzibar. Drawing on her experience, this book offers a practical guide to painting on location, covering subjects such as landscapes, gardens, water, buildings and people, as well as ideas for planning a painting trip and how to ‘finish off’ sketches and photographs on your return.
Cycling Touring Guides
This re-issued edition Harold Briercliffe's classic 1940s guide is an insight into a golden age of cyling in a less populated, traffic-free England but also adds new information on how to enjoy the same locations for the modern cyclist. Including the original line drawings, photographs and period advertisements, the guide covers the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North East and Lancashire coasts.
Flying the Nest
The Early Days of Britain's Best-Loved Animals
This celebration of Britain’s favourite animals and their offspring contains over 50 watercolours by zoologist Hannah Dale, portraying the young of Britain's best-loved birds and animals, both wild and domesticated. The selection ranges from fox cubs dozing in a tangled heap to a peacock chick displaying its tiny tail feathers. All are accompanied by descriptions of the creatures and their early days.
Sunlight & Shadows in Watercolour
Lucy Willis, herself an award-winning artist, uses her own watercolours on every page of this practical guide to demonstrate and explain various techniques. Starting with a sketch or a photograph, painting indoors or out, in all weathers and at different times of day, she offers advice on how shadows and the effects of light on objects and landscapes can create atmosphere in a painting.
Music for Children
This illustrated guide explains how to read music, describes the history and style of different genres, and introduces the most popular instruments. There are practical exercises for the recorder, piano and guitar, and activities and tips to help budding musicians discover more about how music is made, why it is important and how to develop their own musical talent. Age 7+
Exotic Botanical Illustration With the Eden Project
The natural world is teeming with strange and striking plants that can be an enjoyable challenge to paint or draw. With step-by-step exercises and advice on setting up your work environment, using technology, choosing a subject, drawing and incorporating colour, this volume will help readers to produce impressive illustrations from nature. Presented by award-winning artists, many of the plants featured are inspired by the Eden Project’s Rainforest Biome.
400 Japanese Motifs
The crane and the cherry blossom commonly feature in Japanese art but animals and plant motifs of all kinds can be found in the unique and highly influential decorative tradition. This sourcebook draws on Japanese designs found on a range of works from silk kimonos and delicately glazed porcelain vessels to paintings and temple bronzes. The accompanying CD contains all 400 motifs.
Batsford's Walking Guides: Thames Valley
20 Country Walks for All the Family
From its elusive source in Gloucestershire, the River Thames winds its way through woods, meadows and country towns to London. The walks in this book encompass peaceful forests within a stone’s throw of the capital, the Henley riverside, the high Chilterns patrolled by red kites, the historic Trout Inn, the ancient Ridgeway Path and the White Horse at Uffington.
Design and Colour in Watercolour
After studying at the Glasgow School of Art and working in fabric design, Michelle Scragg returned to her first love, painting, and became a successful artist. In this book she explains her adventurous approach to watercolour and her love for colour and design. Richly illustrated with Scragg's own work, the book discusses the basic skills and strengths of watercolour, the use of bold colour, the value of drawing, the art of translating painting into fabric design, and studio practice.
Ode to Childhood
Poetry to Celebrate the Child
From ‘A Medieval Schoolboy’s Complaint’ to Gillian Clarke’s ‘Catrin’, this collection of poems celebrates children, childhood and being a parent. The poems are arranged by ages, from infancy to schooldays – not forgetting childhood ailments in Robert Louis Stevenson's ‘Land of Counterpane’.
Chinese Animal Painting Made Easy
Rebecca Yue shows how to develop the techniques required to create the loosely drawn, expressive paintings that capture the essence of animal subjects in Chinese art. After explaining basic techniques and materials, Yue describes more specialized methods for various animals, such as the big, bold brushstrokes required for a panda's black patches or wet and dry methods for depicting animals with patterns such as leopards and tigers.