Cover image for Painting
Publication Information:
New York : Gloucester Press, 1991.
Physical Description:
32 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.
Hands on arts and crafts
General Note:
Includes index.
Introduces portraiture, still life, landscape painting, abstract painting, and surrealism; demonstrates painting techniques; and includes examples of famous paintings.


Material Type
Shelf Number
Book 751.4 HOD 1

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Introduces portraiture, still life, landscape painting, abstract painting, and surrealism; demonstrates painting techniques; and includes examples of famous paintings.

Reviews 2

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5 Up-- This slim volume takes a hands-on approach to the teaching of painting. Hodge addresses broad issues--tools and materials, mixing colors, composition, etc.--in abbreviated, two-page spreads. His text is enhanced by paintings (some more clearly illustrative than others) and extended by projects loosely introduced, such as ``paint a simple landscape . . . .'' Coverage is choppy and superficial, and the information is necessarily, although frustratingly, limited. In explaining brightness, tone, and hue, for example, the author compares qualities of color to qualities of music--interesting as analogy, but murky as instruction. Where space is at such a premium, words must be very carefully chosen and concepts thoughtfully developed; this book fails to do so. Hodge does encourage experimentation and sets attainable standards, but foundering novices need more in the way of direction and definition. To the extent that the artist is ultimately his own teacher, the book may be sufficient to its task; still, it is best used, if at all, as a supplement to formal lessons or a more substantial text. Henry Pluckrose's Paints (Watts, 1987) is less ambitious in scope, but makes more effective use of a similar format at a similar level. --Marcia Hupp, Mamaroneck Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Reviewed with Anthony Hodges' Drawing0 . Gr. 4-8. These beginning instructional guides in the Mastering Art series fit a surprising amount of information into their slim formats. Both titles introduce basic materials, color theory, and techniques on achieving different qualities with lines and strokes, light and shadow, texture, and perspective. Painting 0 explores ideas of composition in greater detail, while Drawing 0 delves deeper into the human face and form, at rest and in motion. Some concepts, such as linear perspective, aren't explained clearly or in enough detail, and the author doesn't include safety cautions for handling potentially dangerous materials, such as linseed oil, mat knives, and spray fixatives. Still, Hodges manages to introduce an admirable amount of basic instruction, nicely illustrated with examples of his own bold, freely stroked artworks, and his upbeat text reminds young artists to play, experiment, and "just watch what happens and don't be too critical of yourself." --Gillian Engberg Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 2
Tools and materialsp. 4
Feeling your wayp. 6
Pure colorp. 8
Mixing colorsp. 10
Brightness, tone, and huep. 12
Making it look "real"p. 14
Portraitsp. 16
Mood and feelingp. 18
Expressing yourselfp. 20
Imaginationp. 22
Compositionp. 24
Perspectivep. 26
Different ways of seeingp. 28
Presentationp. 30
Practical tipsp. 31
Indexp. 32