Art Appreciation

Art Appreciation

The 2017 Bloomington Open Studios Tour gives the public the chance to witness the artistic process firsthand. October 21 and October 22, enter the world of visual artists by watching them work in their studios as they create a diverse body of art. Add understanding and context to your Open Studios experience with these items in the Library's collection. 

Compiled by Jane R.

Children & Teens Nonfiction

Art Up Close: From Ancient to Modern

Claire D’Harcourt
Children's Nonfiction – 701.1 Dha

An interactive book introducing works of art across different eras and styles. Lift-the-flap keys provide fun facts about the works and the artists who created them.

An Eye for Art: Focusing on Great Artists and Their Work

National Gallery of Art
Teen Nonfiction – 708.153 Nat

Illustrated with hundreds of full-color images, this family-oriented art resource introduces young readers to more than 50 great artists and their work, with corresponding activities that inspire artistic development.

Fine Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Classic Masterpieces

Maja Pitamic
Children's Nonfiction – J 372.5 Pit

Classic masterpieces are often bold, fascinating, and sometimes shocking—in other words, perfect for creative children who love to be inspired.

How to Read a Work of Art

Laura Hensley
Children's Nonfiction – J 701.1 Hen

Guides readers as they interpret the works of art featured throughout the book.

Why is Art Full of Naked People?: And Other Vital Questions about Art

Susie Hodge
Children's Nonfiction – J 701.1 Hod

Artists ask questions when they make art—and viewers ask questions when they look at it. This book provides an engaging way for young people to start asking and answering these questions for themselves.


Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Movies & Music DVD 750 Beh

Focuses on the creative process behind the visual arts of painting and drawing, featuring artists David Hockney, Wayne Tiebaud, and Robert Gil de Montes.

Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer
Moveis & Music DVD 790 Beh

Penn and Teller go behind the scenes to discover the creative processes of Broadway director Julie Taymor, sculptor Nancy Graves, and photographer and folklorist Carrie May Weems.


How Art Can Make You Happy

Bridget Watson Payne
Adult Nonfiction – 701.18 Pay

Helps anyone fall in love with art, whether for the first time or all over again.

How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking about Art

David Salle
Adult Nonfiction – 709.04 Sal

Replaces the jargon of art theory with evocative descriptions that help the reader develop a personal and intuitive engagement with art.

Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children

Maria Sayn-Wittgenstein Nottebohm
Adult Nonfiction – 701.1 Say

Demystifies western art—and demonstrates that it's accessible to adults and children alike.

Rendez-vous with Art

Philippe de Montebello, Martin Gayford
Adult Nonfiction – 701.1 Dem

Reveals the pleasures of truly looking at works of art, as well as some of the pitfalls.