Let's Go to the Studio (Adult/Teen)
The following books will help jumpstart your creativity and entertain you with stories of artists.
2016 by Smith, DominicGet this item
In this novel, Sara de Vos is admitted as the first female master painter to the Guild of St. Luke's in Holland. Three hundred years later, only one work attributed to de Vos is known to remain. An Australian grad student, Ellie Shipley, struggling to stay afloat in New York, agrees to paint a forgery of the landscape, a decision that will haunt her. Because now, half a century later, she's curating an exhibit of female Dutch painters, and both versions threaten to arrive.
2017 by Cavallaro, BrittanyGet this item
Teenaged descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson investigate art forgery in this clever mystery, the second in the Charlotte Holmes series. The New York Times says, “A thrilling twist on a classic. Readers will be pulled in by both the riveting mystery and Charlotte Holmes, a brilliant heroine with secrets of her own.”
2014 by Congdon, LisaGet this item
Banishing the idea that artists must starve, Congdon gives indispensable advice on how you can actually earn a living as an artist. Go forth and make art . . . and money!
2015 by Gregory, DannyGet this item
Popular creativity guru Danny Gregory will gently nudge and inspire you to carve out 10 minutes a day to draw with exercises for all skill levels.
1990 by Goldsworthy, AndyGet this item
Goldsworthy's ephemeral creations, using only the objects in nature that he encounters, will blow your mind. The next time you are enjoying a hike or a day at the beach, see if you don't find yourself channeling Goldsworthy, and creating some designs of your own!
2017 by Culhane, DianeGet this item
Culhane shows how you can transform your doodling into grander works of art. Exercises for tapping into your subconscious by doodling later become exercises for turning those doodles into art through collage, paint, and mixed media. Sounds awesome!
2018 by Power, JeanGet this item
This is an indispensable resource for beginners and professionals working with all kinds of beads. Step-by-step, illustrated instructions provide the groundwork. Later, you may find yourself creating your own designs.
2008 by Campbell-Slan, JoannaGet this item
This cozy mystery that Booklist says "should quickly become a [series] favorite," includes a bit of romance and humor, plus tips for scrapbooking!
2017 by Schwartz, DanaGet this item
Seventeen-year-old artist Nora receives a gift from her grandfather: a trip to Europe, with art-related assignments for every city. Nora is all-in, but challenges abound, including her mother "tagging along," and the nagging question of Nora's artistic abilities. School Library Journal calls this novel a "fun choice for summer reading shelves."
2012 by Harding, GeorginaGet this item
An intimate and devastating portrait of Romania during and after the Second World War, through the prism of a moving and utterly original friendship between a nurse and an artist who is deaf and mute. The author's writing is described as hauntingly beautiful and the book was an Orange Award finalist.
2005 by Sorrentino, GilbertGet this item
"Readers skeptical of (but intrigued by) conceptual and installation art will enjoy this clever parody of the contemporary art world. In fake reviews, lists of found objects, profiles, photo captions and catalogue copy, Sorrentino satirizes the esoteric works found on the cultural cutting edge. He skewers highfalutin academic language . . . [but] Sorrentino clearly values the rights of artists to push the limits of audience expectation-and patience."—Publishers Weekly
2012 by O'Hara, MaryanneGet this item
In this novel, set in the 1930s, the fictional town of Cascade is about to be swallowed up by a new reservoir. Dez, an aspiring artist, makes a name for herself by painting a series of postcards that portray the upcoming flooding of Cascade, causing her small-town life to unravel.