The Acrylic Painter: Tools and Techniques for the Most Versatile Medium

4 avg rating
( 3 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780385346115: The Acrylic Painter: Tools and Techniques for the Most Versatile Medium

A complete course on acrylic painting for beginners and experienced artists that covers classic approaches and new innovations 

Embraced for versatility, quick-drying properties, and non-toxicity, no medium offers a wider range of effects forcreating highly expressive art than acrylics. With its flexibility and ease of use, acrylic paint is a must-try for painters—no matter your skill level.

Here noted artist and School of Visual Arts instructor James Van Patten draws from years of experience to show you how to use acrylics to achieve a variety of results—from watercolor-like transparency and the flatness of tempera and gouache to the buttery quality of oils. He presents an insider’s look at the most up-to-date tools, materials, and techniques used by top painters in the medium to produce highly expressive art. 

Van Patten offers guidance on materials, processes, balance, and composition, and focuses on effectively using color in painting. Replete with detailed step-by-step technical demonstrations and a catalog of inspiring works by notable past and contemporary artists, as well as the author himself and his students, The Acrylic Painter provides a complete, classic art instruction manual for painters of all abilities in one of today’s most popular types of paint.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

James Van Patten is a native of Seattle, Washington, where he graduated from the University of Washington in 1965 with a BA in art education with an emphasis on painting. He completed his MFA in 1968 in Painting with minors in both Art History and Printmaking from Michigan State University. He has taught painting (as well as other studio classes), and lectured in art history at the university level in the ensuing years on both coasts and in the Midwest. Presently, he is a professor of painting at the School of Visual Arts in New York, NY. There he has taught the only course in acrylic techniques offered by SVA for over twenty years. He’s spent bulk of his career in the studio as a practicing artist, working primarily in acrylic paint on large-scale landscape paintings. OK Harris, New York, NY represented him exclusively for over thirty years, and for over a decade the Plus One Gallery of London has shown his work exclusively in England. His work is featured in collections throughout the United States and Europe.

Review:

"This beautifully illustrated and clearly written book is destined to become the Bible for acrylic painters. Based on a lifetime of experience as a painter, Van Patten walks the reader through the various properties of competing brands and products of acrylic paint, brushes, additives and supports.  He describes and demonstrates a wide variety of techniques including blending, layering, feathering, rewetting, glazing, stippling, wet-into-wet and much more besides.  Van Patten also discusses a broad swath of artistic endeavors ranging from hyper-real rendering to painterly abstraction.  He introduces basic color theory and shows how knowledge of it can be used in practical situations.  Along the way the book is peppered with tips on studio practice, demonstrations, analysis of paintings, solutions for framing  and a great deal of sheer enthusiasm for both the medium and the art of painting in general. It's hard to imagine a book that could be more useful, practical, informative and inspiring for an acrylic painter."
—JOHN PARKS, painter and faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York, author of Universal Principles of Art

“ James Van Patten shares his world of painterly know-how as a masterchef communicates a lifetime of kitchen savvy. This book is redolent withthe taste of color, the sound of paint, the smell of canvas . . . and repletewith visual spectacle. It’s easy to consume, just follow the recipes.”
—MARILYNN GELFMAN KARP, author of In Flagrante Collecto, professor of art at New York University

“James Van Patten is an innovative and gifted technical painter whobrings decades of insight into the making of this book.”
—JAMES KIRK and MARK R. SMITH, artists and educators

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Van Patten, James
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 24985317-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

VAN PATTEN, JAMES
Published by Penguin Random House
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Penguin Random House. Book Condition: New. Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 0385346115

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.37
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.50
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Van Patten, James
Published by Random House Inc (2016)
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Inc, 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # VR-9780385346115

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.93
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Van Patten, James
Published by Random House Inc (2016)
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Random House Inc, 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780385346115

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 13.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Van Patten, James
Published by Watson-Guptill (2016)
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Watson-Guptill, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0385346115

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.22
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

James Van Patten
Published by Watson-Guptill Publications, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Watson-Guptill Publications, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A complete course on acrylic painting, covering classic approaches and new innovations for a medium that s widely embraced by both beginners and experienced artists for its versatility, quick-drying properties and non- toxicity. Noted artist and School of Visual Arts instructor James Van Patten shows how acrylics can provide all painters with a vast range of possibilities for producing highly expressive art. Readers will learn how to use acrylics to create a wide variety of effects in everything from non-representational works to painterly realism to photorealism. Van Patten offers guidance on materials, tools, processes, balance, and composition and focuses on effectively using colour in painting. Replete with detailed step-by-step technical demonstrations and a catalogue of inspiring works by notable past and contemporary artists, as well as the author and his students, The Acrylic Painter provides a classic art instruction manual for painters of all abilities. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9780385346115

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.25
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Van Patten, James
Published by Watson-Guptill (2016)
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New Paperback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Watson-Guptill, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # 0385346115

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.68
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

James Van Patten
Published by Watson-Guptill Publications, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Watson-Guptill Publications, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. A complete course on acrylic painting, covering classic approaches and new innovations for a medium that s widely embraced by both beginners and experienced artists for its versatility, quick-drying properties and non- toxicity. Noted artist and School of Visual Arts instructor James Van Patten shows how acrylics can provide all painters with a vast range of possibilities for producing highly expressive art. Readers will learn how to use acrylics to create a wide variety of effects in everything from non-representational works to painterly realism to photorealism. Van Patten offers guidance on materials, tools, processes, balance, and composition and focuses on effectively using colour in painting. Replete with detailed step-by-step technical demonstrations and a catalogue of inspiring works by notable past and contemporary artists, as well as the author and his students, The Acrylic Painter provides a classic art instruction manual for painters of all abilities. Bookseller Inventory # AAJ9780385346115

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 19.80
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Van Patten, James
Published by Watson-Guptill
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Watson-Guptill. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0385346115 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|1.3. Bookseller Inventory # OTF-S-9780385346115

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Van Patten, James
Published by Watson-Guptill
ISBN 10: 0385346115 ISBN 13: 9780385346115
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Booklot COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Watson-Guptill. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0385346115. Bookseller Inventory # Z0385346115ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 21.59
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book