Picture study resources

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  • Jonessa16

    Hi everyone!

    I just love this forum – what a wonderful community, and so much helpful advice for those of us just starting out on this journey!

    I am looking for resource suggestions for picture study. The SCM picture study portfolios look fantastic! However, there are other artists that I would like us to study that SCM doesn’t have portfolios for. Are there other similar (i.e.. large full colour prints that are easy to display, with accompanying biographical info) resources that folks can recommend? Has anyone used the Taschen portfolios?

    Thanks in advance!


    If you are able to print pictures on your printer (or have them easily printed elsewhere), you might look at the Cottage Press picture studies. Cottage Press language arts books contain picture study in the schedule, and the pictures and bios are offered on their site to anyone, not just those using their LA resources. For each artist, there are several high-quality works, then a bio at the end. I confess, I’m not sure how they compare to SCM in terms of which artists are offered, but here’s a link if you want to look at them:



    I just find big coffee table books of the artists I want on Amazon (buy them used!  Some of them  can be pretty pricey!)  and display them on a mini easel on our piano.


    Riverbend Press has some very nice picture sets but they do not come with the biography.



    Thanks for those recommendations, everyone! The Cottage Press materials sound interesting, I’ll definitely check those out.

    I just came across a website called zazzle.ca, and they sell fine art photographs. I did a few random searches, and was able to find representative pieces for each. You can choose your print size, lots of options, and very reasonable prices.

    I have also thought about using wall calendars – has anyone done that?

    Is anyone familiar with Taschen portfolios?

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