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Electronic Sources for Art : How-To and Recreational

Written to address the Covid-19 research

e-books on art making

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Staying inside and away from friends all day? Take up an art skill you always wanted to learn!  Screenwriting, sketching, Origami.  Duke University Libraries has thousands of ebooks on arts and special projects  completely online.   Login through your VPN shibboleth to read them all.  Return to Duke with a new, fun skill!

 

BROWSE SITE (arts e-book section)

Gateway to all e-books on art at Duke

GENERAL


 

The everything art handbook: a comprehensive guide to more than 100 art techniques and tools of the trade

Color: a practical guide to color and its uses in art

Organic Crafts : 75 Earth-Friendly Art Activities

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SPECIFIC

PAINTING

Oil & Acrylic Workshop : Classic and contemporary techniques for painting
 

Artist Toolbox: Painting Tools and Materials
 

Painting the impressionistic landscape: exploring light & color in watercolor & acrylic
 

Playing with surface design: modern techniques for painting, stamping, printing and more
 

The spirit of the brush: Chinese brush painting techniques : simplicity, spirit, and personal journey
 

The art of painting sea life in watercolor

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CRAFTS

The Art of Stone Painting : 30 Designs to Spark Your Creativity 

ORIGAMI

Origami Holidays
 

Traditional Origami
 


KNITTING

24-Hour Knitting Projects
 

Knitted Toys : 20 Cute and Colorful Projects

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JEWELRY

Nuts & Bolts : Industrial Jewelry in the Steampunk Style
 

Sloppy Craft : Postdisciplinarity and the Crafts
 

SCREENWRITING

Screenwriting
 

Screenwriters and Screenwriting : Putting Practice into Context
 

The Science of Screenwriting : The Neuroscience Behind Storytelling Strategies
 

DRAWING/SKETCHING

Drawing Awesome Wild Animals
 

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Drawing : Drawing
 

Basics Freehand Drawing
 

SCULPTURE

Amazing Sculpture You Can Do
 

MASK AND COSTUMING

Costumes for the Stage : A Complete Handbook for Every Kind of Play
 

The Hero's Closet : Sewing for Cosplay and Costuming

. . . and the art librarian recommends

Ugliness : A Cultural History

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