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Art -> Art Instruction

New and used books on drawing at Powell's
Drawing Portraits


The proportions and structures of the human head and hands, and how to draw them

Site: ArtWow Drawing Lessons: The Human Eye

URL: http://www.art-wow.com/Lessons/eyes/eyesIntro.html

More detailed and informative than ArtWow's Human Body tutorial listed below, The Human Eye gives lots of detailed tips on how to bring life and realism to your drawings of the eye. Highly recommended.

Tip: Unless you have a really ancient browser, choose "Dynamic Lessons." If you're just beginning to draw, check out this page.

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New and used books on drawing at Powell's
Virtual Pose 2


The Ultimate Visual Reference Series for Drawing the Human Figure - CD ROM
New and used books on drawing at Powell's
The Artist's Complete Guide to Facial Expression

Site: ArtWow Drawing Lessons - the Face and Head

URL: http://www.art-wow.com/Lessons/draw4.html

Interactive Tutorial. Good, solid instruction on such vital points as facial proportions, facial geometry, and eye placement, topped with 16 rules for drawing faces. Highly Recommended.

Tip: If you're just beginning to draw, check out this page.

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New and used books on art instruction at Powell's
Art Students' Anatomy


Basic elements, common positions; a long-time students' favorite

New and used books on art at Powell's
Careers in Art: an Illustrated Guide


A definitive manual for anyone seeking to earn a living in art or design

Site: Create Art

Author: Sanford Corporation

URL: http://www.sanford-artedventures.com/create/create.html

Sanford, the art supplies people, created this interactive art site with more art lesssons and technique demonstrations than can possibly be listed here. It's aimed at children, but useful for beginners of any age.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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New and used books on art at Powell's
Animals


1419 Copyright-Free Illustrations of mammals, birds, reptiles, etc.

New and used books at Powell's
The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain


Learn to draw no matter how little talent you think you have. A revised and expanded edition of the classic drawing-instruction book that has sold more than 2,500,000 copies

Site: Shared Drawing

Author: Randall Moss

URL: http://www.shareddrawing.com/index.html

Collaborate with others in real-time to create drawings and animation. Take a snapshot of your drawing and add it to the Gallery. Join an online community of artists to create a spectacular, ever evolving hand-drawn film.

Tip: What you Need: 1)A Java enabled web browser. 2) Patience, if you have a 56k or slower connection to the Internet. At 56 kbps, it will take about 25 seconds to load the drawing applet.

Tip: The gallery of snapshots shows 1) what's possible with this wonderful creative online tool, and 2) how much fun artists of all ages are having on this truly wonderful site.

This site is a winner of Dr. Brain's Big Brain Award

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New and used books at Powell's
Making a Living as an Artist


Includes industry standards, studio management, presentation, relationships with galleries, alternatives to galleries, legal issues, and the psychology of creativity

New and used books on art techniques at Powell's
Artist's Manual: A Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Materials and Techniques


A bible for beginners; a valuable reference for experienced artists

Site: Painting Beyond Fashion: Basic Lessons

Author: John Hagan

URL: http://www.geocities.com/~jlhagan/lessons/mainmenu.htm

An 8-part tutorial (27 lessons) for beginning painters or anyone who wants to know what goes into creating a painting. Covers Perspective, Color, Light and Shade, Texture, Analysis, and Practical Applications.

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New and used books on painting techniques at Powell's
Art Class: A Complete Guide to Painting


This perfect complement to "Artist's Manual," filled with ideas and inspirations, tools and techniques, photos and illustrations

New and used books on painting techniques at Powell's
Painting Better Landscapes

Advice on onveying mood, focusing attention, grouping and arranging subjects, critiquing work, and more

Site: The Modern Illusionists: Advanced Painting Beyond Fashion

Author: John Hagan

URL: http://www.geocities.com/~jlhagan/advanced/

Out of the basics covered in Painting Beyond Fashion (see Dr. Brain's review, above) and into the dizzying realms of advanced techniques. Advanced lessons on Perspective, Applications, Textures, and Color. Includes demonstrations.

Tip: All J.L. Hagan's lessons are available from this site on CD, to study and use offline.

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New and used books on painting techniques at Powell's
How to Paint Like the Old Masters

Reconstructing the classic oil techniques of the masters in easy-to-follow demonstrations

New and used books on figure drawing at Powell's
The Human Figure in Motion

An artist's best human figure motion reference

Animals in Motion

Complete Human and Animal Locomotion, Volume One

Volume Two

Site: ArtWow Drawing Lessons: The Human Body

URL: http://www.art-wow.com/Lessons/drawBody/body.html

Step-by-Step instructions and tips for getting the proper proportions into your drawings of the human body, male and female.

Tip: The main body of the tutorial consists of only a few top-level tips, so be sure to go through all the tips in Body Divisions to get to the real heart of the lessons. If you're just beginning to draw, check out this page.

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New and used books on figure drawing at Powell's
Vanderpoel's The Human Body


A classic from an unrivalled teacher - more than 400 drawings


Art -> Architecture

New and used books on architecture at Powell's
Brunelleschi's Dome


How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture

Site: Great Buildings

URL: http://www.greatbuildings.com/

Photographs, site plans, architects drawing, floor plans, architect biographies, and links to more information for a thousand famous buildings, past and present. Search site by Building, Architect, Type, Place.

Tip: A wealth of information on the architecture of the World Trade Center: http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/World_Trade_Center.html and the Pentagon: http://www.greatbuildings.com/buildings/ThePentagon.html

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New and used books on architecture at Powell's
The Not So Big House


A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live

Creating the Not So Big House: Insights and Ideas for the New American House


Art -> Art Appreciation/Art History

New and used books on art history at Powell's
Sister Wendy's Grand Tour: Discovering Europe's Great Art


Sister Wendy's 1000 Masterpieces

Site: Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art Hisoty

URL: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/splash.htm

A beautiful and deeply interactive overview of world art history through chronology, maps, and themes, highlighting items in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Includes fabulous videos.

Tip: Changes regularly. Extends to 1400 a.d. as of this review, but will eventually extend to the present day. Bookmark and visit often.

Tip: Check out the Navigating the Timeline link at the bottom of the page.

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New and used books on art history at Powell's
The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern

New and used books on art at Powell's
The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss


65 illustrations of paintings by Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), created for his own pleasure and never shown to the public

Site: ArtSmart: Learn About Art

URL: http://www.nextmonet.com/artsmart/index.jhtml

Beautifully presented lessons on all aspects of art and art collecting. Covers Collection Basics, Subjects, Form, Content, and Media.

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New and used books on Art at Powell's
Art for Dummies


A fun, friendly guide that lets anyone understand, appreciate, and evaluate art

New and used books on art at Powell'l
Independent Spirits: Women Painters of the American West, 1890-1945

Site: Olga's Gallery

Author: Olga

URL: http://www.abcgallery.com/

More than 8000 works of art from Ancient Greece to the 20th century. Search by Artist, Country, Movement, or Name of painting.

Tip: Subscribe to Olga's monthly newsletter (link at bottom of page) for a wealth of information on individual artists and art movements. It's an art education in your inbox.

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New and used books on art at Powell's
Pre-Raphaelite Women Artists


Paintings, drawings, photographs, and other works that women contributed to the Pre-Raphaelite movement

New and used books on art at Powell's
Subway Art


Enjoy some the finest urban folk art America has produced

Site: Artchive

Author: Mark Harden

URL: http://artchive.com/ftp_site.htm

Simply tons of information on artists, art movements, and individual works, plus tours of special areas, and a section on art criticism (http://artchive.com/critic.htm - Warning: annoying blinking banner alert for this page) for the truly devoted.

Bonus: Free wallpaper, with a new image every month. Vote for the next one yourself.

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New and used books on art at Powell's
The Pre-Raphaelites


157 illustrations, 21 in colour. Some of the best-known and best-loved of all English paintings


Music -> Instruction

New and used books on music at Powell's
Music Reading for Guitar


Like a complete two-year guitar course in book form - includes over 450 songs and examples

Classical & Fingerstyle Guitar Techniques with CD (Audio)

Site: FamilyGames.com

Author: Nick Sullivan

URL: http://familygames.com/

Nick Sullivan, author of The Seventh Princess, presents the free NoteCard music reading tutorial. 12 levels of difficulty progressing until the entire musical staff has been mastered. Other great tutors and games available as well.

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New and used books on music at Powell's
How to Play Popular Guitar in 10 Easy Lessons


A beginner-friendly introduction to guitar

The Guitar Handbook

New and used books on music at Powell's
How to Play Popular Piano in 10 Easy Lessons

Site: The Piano Education Page: Learning to Play the Piano

Author: John M. Zeigler

URL: http://www.piano.avijon.com/pnolearn.html

No actual lessons here, but tons of good info and advice you need before beginning to study the piano. Includes tips on finding and choosing a piano teacher, studio etiquette, self-study, and much more.

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New and used books on music at Powell's
Piano for Dummies


Designed to make playing piano a fun and friendly experience - the CD lets readers listen to the exercises and pieces found in the book

Beethoven: Simplified Piano Solos


Music -> Theory

New and used books at Powell's
The Really Big Book of Children's Songs


More than 60 well-known childrens' songs, from traditional and entertainment sources.

Site: SFSKids Fun With Music - The Music Lab

Author: SFSKids.org

URL: http://www.sfskids.org/templates/musiclab.asp?pageid=4

This basic music learning site from the San Francisco Symphony is a shining example of how the web excels in education when designers know how to make use of it. Covers staff, signatures, notes, tempo, pitch, rhythm, harmony, symbols, and instrumentation. The Performalator and Composerizer are great interactive toools to get kids excited about music.

Tip: Don't overlook the Radio link at the top of the page. Six channels of SFSKids Radio offer even more musical learning and fun. More selections become available as you listen to each channel. While it's loading, watch the animation that illustrates the duration of each type of musical note.

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New and used books at Powell's
Easy Recorder Tunes


More than 100 easy tunes for the beginning recorder player: jazz, folk, classical, modern. Color illustrations, playing tips, graded progression.

New and used books at Powell's
Woody Guthrie: Poet of the People


An illustrated biography of one of the most powerful figures in American music. A good introduction for children, and a great gift for any folk music fan.

Site: SFSKids Fun With Music - Instruments of the Orchestra

Author: SFSKids.org

URL: http://www.sfskids.org/templates/instorchframe.asp?pageid=3

The San Francisco Symphony presents a basic introduction to musical instruments and how they are played. Photos and sound files accompany each instrument, and a text window gives lots of interesting facts.

Tip: Be sure to use the up and down arrows to the right of the text to see more about each instrument, and click the Sound On button if you want to hear the instrument play. Also, in the upper right corner of each instrument window is a link to view the instrument in a Quicktime VR window.

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New and used books at Powell's
This Land is Your Land (Book and Music CD)


The complete lyrics to "This Land is Your Land," a photo essay on Woody Guthrie, and a tribute by Pete Seeger. CD Includes nine popular folk songs performed by Woody and Arlo Guthrie. Full-color illustrations.

New and used books on music at Powell's
Harmony & Theory


A Comprehensive Source for All Musicians

Site: Java Music Theory

Author: Rob Whelan

URL: http://web1.hamilton.edu/javamusic/NoteReading.html

Test your knowledge of sight reading with interactive drill programs like Note Reading, Piano Key Finder, Scale Building, Chord Drills, and four more. Recommended for those who already know a bit about music.

Tip: Read the instructions at the bottom of the page before proceeding.

Tip: Suggested ways of getting the most out of these drills are at http://web1.hamilton.edu/javamusic/curricu.html

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New and used books on music at Powell's
Contemporary Music Theory: Level One


A complete harmony and theory method designed specifically for the pop and jazz musician

New and used books on music at Powell's
6 Steps to Songwriting Success


The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs

Site: Big Ears

Author: Michael Ossman

URL: http://www.ossmann.com/bigears/

The remarkably clever Java Applet on this site is used to train your ears to hear musical intervals. Dr. Brain would have thrown in another brain but for the fact that it's not terribly intuitive. Recommended for intermediate to advanced music students.

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New and used books on music at Powell's
The Musician's Guide to Reading and Writing Music


A basic book for both beginners and seasoned players who never learned to read music


Music -> Miscellaneous

New and used books on music at Powell's
The Reel World: Scoring for Pictures


The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs

Site: Film Scoring QuickTime Movies

Author: DigitalProSound

URL: http://www.digitalprosound.com/2001/01_jan/features/quicktime4-1.htm

Apple's QuickTime is practically the de facto industry standard for digital movies on the Web - now you can learn how to put music to your QuickTime movies. You will, of course, need to download the QuickTime Player.

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New and used books on music at Powell's
Home Recording for Musicians


Packed with useful tips for amateurs and professionals on every aspect of recording




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