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Visual Arts

For students and families applying to the Pittsburgh Public School Magnet Program incoming grades 6-8 Here are some general resources to get you started. For more specific information, please ask a librarian.

Drawing from Nature

Drawing from Nature

Instructions for drawing water, land, plants, and animals.

Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists

Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists

Presents a history of African American visual arts and artists from the days of slavery to the present.

Name that Style: All about Isms in Art

Name that Style: All about Isms in Art

Learn about fourteen different artists and their different styles.

Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be

Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be

After a brief overview of tools and materials, the entertaining hands-on activities begin with contour drawing techniques. With the help of lots of exercises, budding artists will learn the basic elements of shapes (lines, dots, circles) and see how to combine them to make familiar forms. They'll find out how to produce the illusion of volume with shading techniques; create perspective; accurately recreate landscapes, people, animals, and nature; develop interesting compositions; and more.