ISBN-10:
0262016214
ISBN-13:
9780262016216
Pub. Date:
08/19/2011
Publisher:
MIT Press
101 Things to Learn in Art School

101 Things to Learn in Art School

by Kit White
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Overview

Lessons, demonstrations, definitions, and tips on what to expect in art school, what it means to make art, and how to think like an artist.

What is the first thing to learn in art school? “Art can be anything. ” The second thing? “Learn to draw. ” With 101 Things to Learn in Art School , artist and teacher Kit White delivers and develops such lessons, striking an instructive balance between technical advice and sage concepts. These 101 maxims, meditations, and demonstrations offer both a toolkit of ideas for the art student and a set of guiding principles for the artist. Complementing each of the 101 succinct texts is an equally expressive drawing by the artist, often based on a historical or contemporary work of art, offering a visual correlative to the written thought. “Art can be anything” is illustrated by a drawing of Duchamp's famous urinal; a description of chiaroscuro art is illuminated by an image “after Caravaggio”; a lesson on time and media is accompanied by a view of a Jenny Holzer projection; advice about surviving a critique gains resonance from Piero della Francesca's arrow-pierced Saint Sebastian.

101 Things to Learn in Art School offers advice about the issues artists confront across all artistic media, but this is no simple handbook to making art. It is a guide to understanding art as a description of the world we live in, and it is a guide to using art as a medium for thought. And so this book belongs on the reading list of art students, art teachers, and artists, but it also belongs in the library of everyone who cares about art as a way of understanding life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780262016216
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 08/19/2011
Series: The MIT Press
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 287,105
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kit White is an artist and Professor of Painting at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn. His work is in the permanent collections of many museums, including the Guggenheim Museum.

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Kurt Andersen

Everyone craves useful wisdom, right? Especially when they're young, and even more especially if they want to become one of those modern alchemists known as visual artists. Well, here it is: page for impeccably crafted page, the best, most thoughtful and lucid primer available for any young (or old) would-be maker of art.

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There is a great myth that somehow rules constrain creativity. With grace and wit, Kit White's new book dismantles this received idea, and many others along the way. If the cardinal rule of writing is 'show, don't tell,' Kit White has done exactly that—he shows us what art-making is by example as much as through the rich content of this incisive book.

Polly Apfelbaum, Artist

From the Publisher

Everyone craves useful wisdom, right? Especially when they're young, and even more especially if they want to become one of those modern alchemists known as visual artists. Well, here it is: page for impeccably crafted page, the best, most thoughtful and lucid primer available for any young (or old) would-be maker of art.

Kurt Andersen , novelist, Heyday, Turn of the Century and public radio host, Studio 360

Kit White gives us a 'manual' in every sense of the word, a lifetime of art-making condensed into 101 cogent maxims that fit in the hand of the aspiring artist.

Wendy Steiner , author of The Real Real Thing: The Model in the Mirror of Art

There is a great myth that somehow rules constrain creativity. With grace and wit, Kit White's new book dismantles this received idea, and many others along the way. If the cardinal rule of writing is 'show, don't tell,' Kit White has done exactly that—he shows us what art-making is by example as much as through the rich content of this incisive book.

Polly Apfelbaum , Artist

Polly Apfelbaum

There is a great myth that somehow rules constrain creativity. With grace and wit, Kit White's new book dismantles this received idea, and many others along the way. If the cardinal rule of writing is 'show, don't tell,' Kit White has done exactly that—he shows us what art-making is by example as much as through the rich content of this incisive book.

Wendy Steiner

Kit White gives us a 'manual' in every sense of the word, a lifetime of art-making condensed into 101 cogent maxims that fit in the hand of the aspiring artist.

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