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Art Fundamentals: Theory and Practice Paperback – August 6, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0697340337 ISBN-10: 0697340333 Edition: 8th

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mcgraw-Hill College; 8th edition (August 6, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0697340333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0697340337
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 0.8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #790,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
I'm a college student with no background in art, so when I found out I had to take Design I as a prerequisite to an introductory photography class, I was a little nervous. If I'd have seen this textbook ahead of time, I wouldn't have been. What's so phenomenal about this book is that, silly as it may sound, it has so many pictures. These pictures, mostly in color, are varied and make the point the author is trying to illustrate clearly and practically, all the while promoting a sense of aestheticism for a wide-ranging history of art. Bravo. I'm taking Design II.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 17, 2000
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Popular with the Art Classes on college campuses nationwide, this book meets all expectations for an introductory art class. Covering Black and White design and history, the book covers styles and jargon used to describe the popular works. The Colour section does equally well, with vivid pictures of art work. Each era is discussed and the fundamentals of colour are provided. This is the book to get to get your feet wet in the world of Art.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca J. Belleville on February 24, 2010
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I have been pleasantly surprised by the text and breakdown of information in Fundamentals. The writing is logical, down to earth and seems fresh and exciting after years of reading very old reference books on the subject. It seems that they did not have a ton of money for the copyrights of noteworthy images from artists so they seem to have settled for lesser-known works by large artists. Some of this is interesting while some of it is frustrating. I believe that they have the ugliest Helen Frankenthaler painting I've ever seen printed in the book. I just hope the images don't turn off students to future research of these artists but who am I to judge? Overall, I am very pleased with the text and recommend it highly.
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23 of 46 people found the following review helpful By David Smith on February 15, 2002
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I have not seen the book, which I gather is loaded with color reproductions of art. However, I was asked by a friend to evaluate the CD-ROM that (apparently) comes with the book. I am not entirely clear on the exact relationship of the CD or how it is supposed to complement the book, but I will confine my comments to the CD 'as if' it were a stand-alone product.
The CD is deeply flawed in two key aspects: presentation and content. First, I am a professional multimedia designer who has designed an educational CD, as well as a fine artist who has worked in several media (ceramics, photography, painting), and taught digital design at the university level.
My initial impression of the content, including the text and silly little exercises, is that this product could be aimed at elementary school level instruction, and for that matter would be an extremely poor substitute for a scribbler pad and box of crayons coupled with some common-sense discussion of various, basic design elements. However as I read through the "Self-evaluation" section I realized that at least some of the vocabulary employed is really addressed to university-level literacy. If you are going to have students engage in digital manipulations, don't waste their time with these superficially clever exercises (rotating and scaling little lozenges, and filling them with colors and patterns in a tiny window). Give them the real thing! Even a basic freeware paint program has much more to offer.
The presentation itself is cold, clinical and utterly lacking in interesting visual dimension or texture -- a catastrophic failing in a publication purporting to teach "Art Fundamentals". Gimmicky rollover effects and slide transitions recall the worst of Flash eye-candy, and corporate Power Point sales pitches.
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