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About Claire Watson Garcia
Claire Watson Garcia is an artist, writer, and teacher. She is an instructor at New England's renowned Silvermine School of Art, in New Canaan, CT, where her workshops and courses "for the Absolute and Utter Beginner" have been popular for over twenty years.
Watson Garcia combines her passion for creating, teaching, and writing about art in her books. Library Journal calls "Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner "...simply the best beginners' drawing book available." About.com choses it as number one best instruction book, out of its Top 6 Beginner's Drawing Instruction books.
Its companion,"Painting for the Absolute and Utter Beginner" has received high marks as well. Included at the National Gallery bookstore, London its reviewer says: "this brilliant guide builds from the bottom to set realistic goals about each stage of learning. " Both books, available internationally as well as in the United States, are based on the successful methods Watson Garcia developed and tested while teaching aspiring artists in the classroom studio, as well on as on her own lifetime experience as a working artist.
Each book features the author's signature approach: an informal, supportive tone and a sequence of instruction which starts beginners at the very first step of the learning experience, where no previous experience is necessary. Accessible projects help the beginner gain confidence while slowly building the skills necessary for them to take on increasingly challenging subjects. Art work and commentary by beginners using the methods presented in the book are featured alongside the author's own instructional step-by-step illustrations and text.
An accomplished and recognized artist, Garcia's work has been exhibited in numerous national juried exhibitions including: Art of the Northeast; Faber Birren Color Show, CT; as well as at the Katonah Museum, NY; Stamford Museum, CT; Cheltenham Center for the Arts, PA; and the Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven. Among other juried shows,in 2010 her work appeared in Solo Shows at the Westport Art Center, and in Continuum Gender Identities 2011 at Ridgefield Guild of Artists.
Throughout her career, Garcia has combined her writing and artistic skills. As a founding member of Kids Can Press, a groundbreaking children's book publishing house in Toronto, she wrote and/ or illustrated three well received children's books: "The Peanut Plan", "Harriet and the Great Bike Robbery", and "The Green Harpy at the Corner Store" (Rosemary Allison, author). She was primary illustrator for The Women's Kit, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (publisher), a pioneering multimedia kit created to present positive gender issues to high school students.
Educated at Smith College and University of California, Berkeley, from which she earned a BA with a fine arts major, she received additional training at the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, and California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts.)
Claire Watson Garcia grew up in CT and after living in CA, VA, and Toronto, Canada, returned to CT, where she lives with her husband Baxter, a computer consultant and director of CHART(Communities Healing through Art), a non-profit group that utilizes creative arts therapies in humanitarian relief, along with a variety of savvy cats who manage to find their house. Daughter Liz is a screenwriter and director(Cold Case, The Lifeguard)and lives in Hollywood with her husband, and writing partner, the actor Josh Harto (Dark Knight, Bridge of Lies). Their recent co-productions inclulde Memphis Beat (on TNT) and two beautiful baby boys, Wilder and August.
See Claire's artwork, find out more about the "for the absolute and utter beginner" books, classes, and upcoming exhibitions of her work at www.clairewatsongarcia.com
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Based on author and art instructor Claire Watson Garcia's successful courses and workshops for beginning and aspiring artists, Drawing for the Absolute and Utter Beginner applies a positive, accepting tone to a progressive series of lessons in sketching and rendering. The book's step-by-step methodology and examples of student works from earliest efforts to completed drawings give novices the tools and techniques needed to make competent and eloquent renderings of still lifes, portraits, and more. In this revised edition, Garcia covers such in-demand subject matter as drawing-on-the-go, drawing in three dimensions, and drawing the portrait at a three-quarter view. The reinvigorated art and text ensure that this drawing instruction classic will continue to appeal to new generations of aspiring artists.
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