The following list was compiled by art educators participating in the AP Art Studio list serv. AP Studio Art students may find many of these to be helpful reading or great resources for their research and work.

Amy T. Dreves High School Art Teacher Gettysburg Area School District

Suggested Texts for AP Studio Art: Drawing & 2D

  • Bridgeman, George B.; Edited by Howard Simon; Bridgeman’s Complete Guide to Drawing from Life– Over 1,000 Illustrations; Sterling Publishing Company, Inc. 387 Park Ave. South, NYC, NY 10016; 2001.
  • Civardi, Giovanni; Drawing the Human Anatomy; Studio Vista; Imprint of Cassell Wellington House, 125 Strand, London, WC2R OBB; 1996.
  • Edwards, Betty; The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain; Jeremy P. Tarcher/ Putnam, a member of the Penguin Putnam, Inc., New York, NY 10014, 1999.
  • Hale, Robert Beverly, & Terence Coyle; Anatomy Lessons from the Great Masters– 100 Great Figure Drawings Analyzed; Watson Guptill Publications, 770 Broadway, NYC NY 10003; 2000.
  • Nicolaides, Kimon: The Natural Way to Draw; Boston, Mass.: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1975.
  • Perspective Made Easy (educational packet); Publisher; New York, NY 1980.

Suggested Texts for AP Studio Art: 3D

  • McCreight, Tim; The Complete Metalsmith, An Illustrated Handbook; Davis Publications; Worcester, Massachusetts. 1991.
  • Matthews, Glenice Lesley; Enamels, Enameling, Enamelists. Chilton Book Company; Radnor PA 1984.
  • American Craft: bimonthly publication of the American Craft Council, 72 Spring St., NY, NY 10012-4019.
  • Metalsmith Magazine; Society of American Goldsmiths, 5009 Londonderry Dr.; Tampa, FL 33647
  • Ornament; PO Box 452; Mount Morris, IL 61054
  • The Crafts Report; 100 Rogers Road, Box 1992, Wilmington, DE 19899; 800-777-7098
  • Ceramics Monthly: 735 Ceramic Place, Suite 100, Westerville, Ohio 43081.

From Ethan Rollerson

1. Composition: The anatomy of picture making by Harry Sternberg
2. Dictionary of Subjects and Symbols in Art by James Hall
3. Design Synectics: Stimulating Creating in Design by Nicholas Roukes
4. A Guide to Drawing by Danile M. Mendelowitz, David L. Faber, and Duane A. Wakeham
5. The AP Vertical Teams Guide for Studio Art by the College Board
6. Drawing for Older Children and Teens: A creative Method for Adult Beginners, Too by Mona Brookes

Books from Larkin Evans

Launching the Imagination 3rd edition by Stewart
Altered Books, Collaborative Journals, and Other Adventures in Bookmaking by Holly Harrison
Modeling the Figure in Clay Author: Bruno Lucchesi, Margit Malmstrom
Rodin: The Shape of Genius Author: Ruth Butler
Northern Renaissance Art: Painting, Sculpture, The Graphic Arts From 1350 To 1575 Author: James Snyder
Modern Sculpture: A Concise History Author: Herbert Read
Handbuilt Ceramics by Kathy Triplett
The Non-Designer's Design Book by Robin Williams (Good for graphic design)
Dr. Lois Hetland, too ( Studio Habits of Mind)
Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe.
Clayworks: Form and Idea in Ceramic Design Leon Nigrosh
Ordinary to Extraordinary by Ken Vieth
Puzzles About Art, an Aesthetics Casebook. 1989 by St. Martin's Press, New York. Primary authors were Margaret P. Battin, John Fisher, Ronald Moore, and Anita Silvers
The Nude Figure – A Visual Reference for the Artist by Mark Edward Smith, pub by Watson Guptill $29.95
The Figure in Motion, A visual Reference for the Artist by Thomas Easley, pub by Watson Guptill $24.95
Imagination by Mary Stewart
A Guide to Drawing, seventh edition by Daniel M. Mendelowitz
The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
The Artist's Mentor by Ian Jackman, editor
Painting as Language, Materials Technique, Form and Content by Jean Robertson and
Craig McDaniel. ISBN # 0-15-505600 from Thomson Learning.
Experimental Drawing by Robert Kaupelis
The Art of Drawing by Bernard Chaet ISBN 0-03-062028-7
Exploring Visual Designs from Davis publication
Drawing for Older children & Teens by Mona Brookes
Arts With the Brain in Mind by Eric Jensen
Composition: The Anatomy of Picture Making by Harry Sternberg
Design Basics By David Lauer and Stephen Pentak. It is published by Thompson Wadsworth and the ISBN # is 0-495-12845-7.
Design Synectics Art Synectics by Nicholas Roukes They are published by Davis Publications and their ISBN #'s are
0-87192-198-7 and 0-87192-151-0 respectively.
The Principles of Form and Design by Wucius Wong
Shaping Space by Paul Zelanski and Mary Pat Fisher
TRADING CARD WORKSHOP by Bernie Berlin, pub by North Light Books for $22.95
Rendering in Pen and Ink by Arthur Guptill, pub. by Watson Guptil (Michael Halbert is another pen and ink artist)
Sketching Your Favorite Subjects in Pen & Ink, and Capturing Nature in Pen & Ink with Watercolor. Claudia Nice
Peterson's College Guide for Visual Arts (Guidance to what art college/university is best) from NAEA or National Art Honor Society)

ALtered Books, Collaborative Journals and other Adventures in Bookmaking by Holly Harrison

Paul Klee Hand Puppets There are 2 ISBN numbers: ISBN-13:
978-3-7757-1740-3 and ISBN-10:3-7757-1740-4. You can also go to the publisher's website I found this book in the bookstore at the Portland Museum of Art in Maine.

Strokes of Genius, the Best of Drawing, edited by Rachel Rubin Wolf - a collection of drawings which demonstrate many techniques and variety of subject matter. I am so inspired each time I open the book that I want to go draw something! It has beautiful illustrations of ways to handle nudes, lighting, portraits, animals, reflections and use of black and white as well as color. The portraits are just incredible.

Keys to Drawing with Imagination Strategies and exercises for gaining confidence and enhancing your creativity.
It is written by Bert Dodson, Pub. by North Light Books. I found the book at Michaels for $29.99
Color by Betty Edwards
Calvin Tomkins: Ahead of the game: four versions of avant-garde
The Bride and the Bachelors : Five Masters of the Avant-Garde
Duchamp : A Biography
Eric Hoffer; an American odyssey
Off the Wall : A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg
Living well is the best revenge
Merchants and Masterpieces: The Story of the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Post- to neo- : the art world of the 1980's
Roy Lichtenstein : mural with blue brushstroke
Ian Sidaway's Color Mixing Bible
Scene : reports on post-modern art
'Art and Fear' by David Bayles and Ted Orland

Gullah Images: The art of Jonathan Green, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith: An Artist, A Place and a Time,
Alfred Hutty and the Charleston Renaissance.

"Forest Lover" by Susan Vreeland fictionalized account about Pacific Northwest Artist Emily Carr

Modigliani- incredibly melodramatic but the kids love it!

"The Passion of Artemiscia" about Artemiscia Gentilieschi by Susan Vreeland (fiction)

FACIAL EXPRESSIONS by Mark Simon (an incredible collection of hundreds of various head shot angles of people ages 20 -
83 with a section on hats and head gear....every imaginable facial expression for visual reference)

SPILLING OPEN by Sabrina Ward Harrison
(a rich personaljournal with lots of poignant text and 'awkwardly' beautiful graphics.

Finding Your Visual Voice, a painter's guide to developing an artistic style...byDakota Mitchell and Lee Haroun

Art Escapes; Daily exercises and inspirations for developing greater creativity and artistic confidence. by Dory Kanter

The Artist's Muse, unlock the door to your Betsy Dillard Stroud.

The New Scratchboard, clay surface techniques and materials for today's Charles Ewing.

Digital Art Studio: by Karin Schminke, Dorothy Simpson Krause, Bonny Pierce Lhotka
Creative colored pencil workshop by Carlynne Hershberger and Kelli Money Huff
Colored Pencil Explorations by Tnie Gildow
Colored Pencil Portraits Step by Step by Ann Kullberg
The Complete Colored Pencil Book by Bernard Poulin

I love Bet Borgesson's books on colored pencils. Go to this site
"Color Drawing Workshop" is Borgesson’s book I use the most

Strokes of Genius, the best of Drawing by Rachel Rubin Wolf. She had put together some great samples of drawings, especially good ones on portraits with heavy stroke-making. One is on page 134 showing a drawing titled, "Kevin" by Neilson Carlin done in charcoal.
Sketching your Favorite Subjects in Pen and Ink" by Claudia Nice.

Henry Horenstein's BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY is a great basic text

Although they're not really text books: the Ansel Adams books called "The Negative" and "The Print" are still the best in my opinion for inspiration and a system that works for producing archival quality images. Not sure if new editions of this have online web support, but there is a gallery in Carmel, CA that specializes in this classic black and white photography.

Photography: The Essential Way By Barbara London, Jim Stone, John Upton

Mary Stewart's Launching the Imagination for my 2D Design and 3D Design

For drawing students I like a book called Drawing Dimensions by Cynthia Maris Dantzic


"The Art of Responsive Drawing" by Nathan Goldstein

"Drawing: Space, Form and Expression" by Wayne Enstice

"The Art of Drawing" by Bernard Chaet

"Drawing: A Contemporary Approach" by Teel Sale