Creative inspiration for Spring!

Emma Roberts, Librarian III, Art, Music & Recreation Department,
Drawing and Painting samples

If you feel like trying your hand at drawing or painting for the first time, or would like to sharpen your talents, the Art, Music & Recreation Department has plenty of resources to get you started.  Check out the catalog, or come along and browse the shelves in person to find dozens of titles on different sketching and painting techniques in a variety of different media.

Book cover of The art of urban sketching   Book cover of Pastels   Book cover of Painting still life in oils   Book cover of Acrylics

Take things one step further and enroll in one of the great new free classes available online through the Library’s website.  Universal Class and ed2go have a great range to choose from, including: Drawing for the Absolute Beginner, How to Paint Landscape / Seascape, Brushstroke Basics, Card Painting, and One Stroke Painting Courses for many subjects.  Both these resources can be found via the Library website, in the alphabetical list under Research & Homework.

Book cover of The big book of drawing  Book cover of 101 techniques : watercolor  Book cover of The sketchbook challenge  Book cover of Artful watercolor  Book cover of Experimental painting

Contact the Art, Music & Recreation Department at 213 228-7000 or for more information, or if you would like help locating any instructional resources on arts and crafts techniques.