Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Nature Art Workshop: Tips, techniques, and step-by-step projects for creating nature-inspired art

Nature Art Workshop is a collaborative project tutorial book from Quarto publishing's Walter Foster imprint. Released 18th Sept 2018, it's 128 pages and available in paperback and ebook formats.   The projects are eclectic and varied and include pyrography (woodburning), painting, mindfulness, crafting with found objects (leaves, shells, rocks), candles and more.

Unusually for me, there were a number of projects included which I really wanted to recreate as closely as I could to the pictured tutorials. For me, there's often a very fine line between oh wow! and no way!  Each of these tutorials includes step by step materials lists, full color photographs and a picture of the finished project.

The book is a collaboration by 11 listed artists (most with links to their online portfolio sites) and each one provides tutorials for specific projects.  There are 32 separate projects grouped into 4 main chapters: Flowers, Stones&Shells, Wood, and Other Natural Elements.  There's also a final chapter on Nature-Inspired art which includes some shorter one-page tutorials including screen printing and painting (see the cover).  The e-book version includes an interactive table of contents for convenience.

There have been a crop of really high quality art tutorial books from Walter Foster lately.  This one is no exception.  These would also make a really good supervised art module in a classroom setting for middle/high school students.  Some of them could be modified for younger students as well.

Just a really well made, well photographed volume full of really appealing projects.

Five stars, I really enjoyed this one.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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