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Nov 152013
 

Sculpture: Principles and Practice (Dover Art Instruction)

Sculpture: Principles and Practice (Dover Art Instruction)

This authoritative introduction to sculpture covers forms of sculpture, how to construct an armature, build a model stand, carving, much more. Invaluable for beginners but skilled sculptors will find its broad scope useful. “Instruction and appreciation become one in this book.” — School Arts. 253 illustrations.

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  3 Responses to “Sculpture: Principles and Practice (Dover Art Instruction)”

  1. 37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    For beginners, December 1, 2003
    By 
    Shirley A. Potter “the potter” (Boise, ID United States) –
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    This review is from: Sculpture: Principles and Practice (Dover Art Instruction) (Paperback)

    If you are a beginning sculpture student, this might be a book for you. Althought the information is somewhat dated (original copyright is 1949) the book is fairly direct and straight-forward in its writing style. Primary interest of the author–and the bulk of written information–is directed to modeling in clay and casting in plaster. The section on stone carving is short, but fairly complete. The woodcarving section is sketchy and, other than a good list of the tools needed, inadequate.
    The sections on cast stone (concrete) and casting metal are outdated. Certain steps are still the same, but the materials currently in use are so different as to be almost another whole chapter.
    A great deal of space is given to architectural sculpture, but again, the info is outdated. The book gives information on producing a stone monument, but does not address the cost factors (nor the steps in computing costs)of assembling the materials and placing the finished work. Nowadays that is of prime importance if a sculptor wants to compete for art in public places.

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  2. 29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Good presentation, very informative, June 5, 1999
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    Mary M. Earnest (Euless, Texas) –

    This review is from: Sculpture: Principles and Practice (Dover Art Instruction) (Paperback)

    I am a novice and am in the process of reading and learning all I can about the technical foundations of sculpture. I found this book very easy to understand and well organized. The photographs and illustrations are top notch and add greatly to the understanding of the subject. This book is worth its price.

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  3. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great general guide, November 11, 2002
    By 
    Christopher Judd (New York, NY USA) –

    This review is from: Sculpture: Principles and Practice (Dover Art Instruction) (Paperback)

    I agree with the comment below – this is a beginner’s book. More power to it. It was written by someone who has taught as well as practiced & focuses on the sculpting process rather than on artistic technique. Some of the mediums he covers (casting stone, glue molds) have advanced in ease of use since this book was written, but this guide has stood the test of time.

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