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Books we love

No course reading is required for any of our programmes or workshops but we though it would be interesting to share with you some of our tutors’ favourite books and websites. Many of the books can be found in the library at Howard Gardens which you are welcome to join or simply visit to browse and if you want to buy most are available on Amazon.

If you’ve any books or website that inspire you please let us know and we’ll add them to our list.


On Painting by Leon Battista Alberti and John R. Spencer (Paperback - 1 Jul 1977)
Published by Yale University Press; Revised edition (1 July 1977)
ISBN: 1107000629

Vitruvius: The Ten Books on Architecture [Books I-X ]: Bks. I-X
Vitruvius Dover Publications Inc.; 1st edition (1 Feb 2000)
ISBN: 0486206459

The Pencil: A History of Design and Circumstance by Henry Petroski, published by Alfred a Knopf
ISBN: 0394574222

The Drawing Book: A Survey of Drawing – The Primary Means of Expression by Charles Darwent, Kate MacFarlane, Katharine Stout and Tania Kovats (Paperback - 20 Jun 2007), Black Dog Publishing; 2 Reprint edition (20 Jun 2007)
ISBN: 1904772811

Drawing Lessons from the Great Masters (Practical Art Books) by Robert Beverly Hale
Watson-Guptill Publications Inc.,U.S.; New edition edition (1 Aug 1989)
ISBN: 0823014010

Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing (Princeton Science Library) by Richard L. Gregory. Published by: Princeton University Press; 5Rev Ed edition (15 Dec 1997)
ISBN: 0691048371

Art and Illusion: A Study in the Psychology of Pictorial Representation by E.H. Gombrich, Paperback published by Phaidon Press Ltd; Phaidon Press Ltd; 6th edition (22 April 2002)
ISBN: 0714842087

New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook: Guided Practice in the Five Basic Skills of Drawing by Betty Edwards, Paperback published by Souvenir Press Ltd (30 April 2003)
ISBN: 0285636642

Craftsman’s Handbook by Cennio D’Andrea Cennini, Published by: Dover Publications Inc.
ISBN: 048620054X

The Complete Guide to Painting and Drawing Techniques and Materials by Colin Hayes, published by Quantum (2003)
ISBN: 1861606028

Point and Line to Plane (Dover Books on Art History) by Wassily Kandinsky, Published by Dover Publications Inc.; New edition (3 Mar 1980)
ISBN: 0486238083

The Primacy of Drawing: Histories and Theories of Practice by Deanna Petherbridge, Hardcover published by Yale University Press (7 May 2010)
ISBN: 0300126468

Drawing the Line: Reappraising Drawing Past and Present by Michael Craig-Martin, (Paperback - Jan 1995) Published by National Touring Exhibitions (Hayward Gallery) (Jan 1995)
ISBN: 1853321338

The Painter’s Eye:  Humphrey Ocian, John Tchalenko, National Portrait Gallery, London 1999.  Research project with the Welcome Trust Sci-art Project, Oiriginal reference for updated research: link


Some handy books to read for ideas, inspiration, and knowledge of painting are:-

Philip Guston: Collected Writings, Lectures and Conversations by Philip Guston (Edited by Clark Coolidge) (2010) Published by University of California Press (17 Dec 2010)
ISBN: 0520257162

Picasso on Art: A Selection of Views by Dore Ashton, Published by Da Capo Press (1 Aug 1988)
ISBN: 0306803305

Interviews with Francis Bacon by David Sylvester, Published by Thames & Hudson Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (Nov 1980)
ISBN: 0500271968

The Mind in the Cave: Consciousness and the Origins of Art by David Lewis-Williams, Published by Thames & Hudson; Reprint edition (5 April 2004)
ISBN: 0500284652

The Way I See It by David Hockney, Published by Thames & Hudson; New edition (5 July 1999)
ISBN: 0500280851

Matisse on Art by Jack D. Flam, Published by University of California Press; Reprint edition (16 May 1994)
ISBN: 0520086392

Constable by Jonathan Clarkson, Published by on Press Ltd; Ill edition (21 Sep 2010)
ISBN: 0714842958

Ways of Seeing by John Berger, Published by Penguin Classics (25 Sep 2008)
ISBN: 014103579X
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The Story of Art by E.H. Gombrich Published by Phaidon Press Ltd; Pocket edition (1 Nov 2006)
ISBN: 0714847038

Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting: The Essential Guide to the History of Western Art by Sister Wendy Beckett Published by Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd., London; 1st Edition (29 Sep 1994)
ISBN: 0751301337

Tracey Emin – Hardcover (10 Jan 2006) by Carl Freedman and Honey Luard, Published by Rizzoli International Publications; illustrated edition edition (10 Jan 2006)
ISBN: 0847828778

Mythologies  by Roland Barthes, Published by Vintage Classics (3 Sep 2009)
ISBN: 0099529750

Manzoni by Germano Celant, Published by Skira Editore (17 Aug 2009)
ISBN-10: 8857200507

Blimey! – From Bohemia to Britpop: London Art World from Francis Bacon to Damien Hirst by Matthew Collings, Karen Wright and Ian MacMillan,  Published by 21 Publishing Ltd; 2nd edition (15 May 1997)
ISBN: 1901785009

Lucky Kunst: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art by Gregor Muir, Published by Aurum Press Ltd (25 Jan 2010)
ISBN: 1845135288


Stone Lithography by Paul Croft (Printmaking Handbooks, Published by A & C Black Publishers (2001)

The Printmaking Bible: The Complete Guide to Material and Techniques by Ann D’Arcy Hughes, Published by Chronicle Books CA (2001)

Printmaking: A Contemporary Perspective by Paul Coldwell, Published by Black Dog Publishing (2010)  

Search Google Image for lithographic prints by:
Toulouse Lautrec, Graham Sutherland, Robert Rauschenberg, Paula Rego, Mexican Printmakers: Jose Posadas & Diego Rivera, Per Kirkeby, Stanley Jones, (of the Curwen Press) E. M. Escher.

Recent printmaking exhibitions

High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec Prints
A recent Toulouse Lautrec exhibition at the National Museum of Wales

Revolution on paper: Mexican prints 1910-1960
A retrospective of Mexican Printmaking at the British Museum.

Collaborative stone lithography project

Let me know about the art and design books that you love and inspire you – or just make for an entertaining read and I’ll add them to the site.  If you want to add a few words on why we’ll include those too.  Look forward to hearing from you  – Angie Dutton

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