By Jim Gilbert and Karin Clark
- A reference and instruction manual with a detailed, thoroughly analyzed, well-supported comparison of four Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations art styles.
- Includes 800 clear, detailed illustrations accompanied by straightforward copy.
- Topics cover design formline, ovoids, U shapes, S shapes, heads, body parts, and design formation, as well as a step-by-step “how to draw” section.
- A glossary explains terms, an extensive index supplies easy references, and a bibliography supplies further resources.
- Durable soft cover, black and white, 224 pages.
- 5 in x 11 in
First published 2000 and reprinted in 2002, 2005, and 2012, Volume 1 has sold over 25,000 copies to date, and it is one of our most popular books.
- Learn Pacific Northwest Coast native formline art, step-by-step, with this comprehensive guidebook, including "how to draw" sections.
Plan out traditional formline drawings and create meaningful, original designs.
Save hours of researching online with well-researched cultural background information and regional art-style comparisons.
Beginner to expert, find something for everyone!
Make it easy with step-by-step, clear, concise directions and detailed illustrations.
Meet your curriculum expectations beautifully, with history and applied design techniques, if you're a teacher or homeschooler.
Feel confident in respectful content. Our books have been vetted and recommended for accuracy and respectful tone by First Nations artists, educators, and community members.
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— Chief Tony Hunt Mupin Kim, Klah Kwa Tzee Four Times Chief/Big Copper - Kwagulth Master Carver and Artist. Tsaxis/Victoria, B.C.
— Steve Brown, Author and Artist, Associate Curator, Native American Art, Seattle Art Museum. Seattle, Washington.
— Nella Nelson, First Nations Education Division Coordinator, Greater Victoria School District, Member of the Tsawataineuk Band, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation. Victoria, B.C.
— Reg Ashwell, Art Collector, Consultant and Author. Saltspring Island, B.C.
Table of Contents
Overview of Learning by Design
Aboriginal Art within a Cultural Context
Map: Culture and Art Style Regions of the Pacific Northwest Coast
Map: Four Major Art Style Regions of the Pacific Northwest Coast
History and Description of the Mid Coast Art Style
History and Description of the South Coast Art style
History and Description of the West Coast Art Style
Formline: An Introduction
Joining Design Units
Salmon Head Design
Examples of Heads in Design Units
Examples of Free Form Heads
Beaks and Bills
Hats, Headbands, Hair
Body Parts and Appendages
Body and Appendage Designs
Split Body Designs
Balance, Apparent Symmetry, and X-Ray Design
Comparing Bodies Across Art Styles
Arms and Hands - Human
Legs and Feet - Bird Toes, Claws, Webs
Fins and Tails - Fish and Sea Creature
Tails - Otter
Tails - Whales
Tails - Animal
Wings and Tails - Bird
How to Draw
How to Draw Ovoids
Approaches to Drawing Ovoids
Making Ovoid Patterns or Templates
How to Draw Ovoids Across Art Styles
Ovoids Used in Designs Across art Styles
How to Draw a North Coast Art Style Eye and Eyelid
How to Draw U Shapes
Approaches to Drawing U Shapes
Making U Shaped Patterns or Templates
How to Draw U Shapes for Design Purposes
U Shapes Used in Designs Across Art Styles
How to Draw an Eagle Head
How to Draw a Salmon Head
How to Draw a Human Head
How to Draw a Killer Whale
How to Draw a Wolf Head
Glossary of Art Terms
Bibliography and Resources