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Treasures from the Kremlin; Exhibition from the State Museums of the Moscow Kremlin at the MET, New York (USED)

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Ultimate Book of Paint Effects (USED)

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A one-stop guide to everything you need to know to achieve stunning paint effects and decorative finishes on walls, floors, and objects.
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Voices of the Holocaust (USED)

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Never in human history has there been an event more horrifying than the Holocaust--the human loss inconceivable, the aftershocks felt for generations. But in the midst of the misery was forged a strength of spirit and humanity that shows in the faces and stories of survivors. Captured here with clarity and truth are fifty images of survival, portraits of the men and women who actually lived through the brutality. The tales of survival vary: the misery of day-to-day existence in the camps; the luxury and guilt of passing as a non-Jew; the ever-mounting dread of having a hiding place raided by the SS; the chaos of families fleeing, broken and scattered.

Punctuating the narratives throughout the book are impassioned essays by Abe Foxman, Yaffa Eliach, Anne Roiphe, Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, Eva Fogelman, and others. An introduction by National Book Award-winner Robert Jay Lifton opens the text. Taken together, this powerful collection of words and images forms a moving testimony to human dignity and a record of history that must never be forgotten.

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Washi Tape

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If you have never heard of washi tape, get ready to enter a bright new world of paper crafts! Originating in Japan, washi paper is stronger than wood-pulp paper making it perfect for use in projects like origami and scrapbooking. The tape is low tack and slightly transparent, in a mix of adorable colors and patterns, and a brilliant way to make all of your crafts even better. Perfect to use for parties. See how to create invitations, gift wrap, and goodie bags. Holidays have never been more colorful with ideas for ornaments, window adornments, and even garland. Decorations for your home and office are easy and inexpensive when you use washi tape. Wall decor, borders and lampshades can become unique works of art and give your home a personal touch. You can even use washi tape in fashion. Dress up your glasses, shoes and jewelry using these simple ideas and designs. And because it's safe to use on delicate items, washi tape is great for personalized gifts like vases and photo albums. Washi Tape by Courtney Cerruti offers 101 amazing ideas that will make this new craft tape your new favorite thing. It's safe to use almost anywhere and great fun for children!

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Watch Me Draw Robots

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Watch Me Draw Robots, the latest book in Walter Foster's award-winning series, tells the story of Bop, an enterprising robot of the future who is determined to win the big race in a high-powered racecar that he builds all by himself. But when nothing goes according to Bop's plans, he realizes that he needs the help of his smart, sassy robot friends and later comes to understand the value of friendship and teamwork. This charming book includes 11 easy drawing lessons, "reward" stickers, and a flip-out paper pad with simple drawing prompts. Helpful step-by-step instructions guide budding artists as they learn to draw the characters and subjects featured in the story, including a robotic dog, a futuristic racecar, and several friendly robots.
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Why Art Cannot Be Taught (USED)

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In this smart survival guide for students and teachers--the only book of its kind--James Elkins examines the "curious endeavor to teach the unteachable" that is generally known as college-level art instruction. This singular project is organized around a series of conflicting claims about art: "Art can be taught, but nobody knows quite how."

"Art can be taught, but it seems as if it can't be since so few students become outstanding artists."

"Art cannot be taught, but it can be fostered or helped along."

"Art cannot be taught or even nourished, but it is possible to teach right up to the beginnings of art so that students are ready to make art the moment they graduate."

"Great art cannot be taught, but more run-of-the-mill art can be."

Elkins traces the development (or invention) of the modern art school and considers how issues such as the question of core curriculum and the intellectual isolation of art schools affect the teaching and learning of art. He also addresses the phenomenon of art critiques as a microcosm for teaching art as a whole and dissects real-life critiques, highlighting presuppositions and dynamics that make them confusing and suggesting ways to make them more helpful.

Elkins's no-nonsense approach clears away the assumptions about art instruction that are not borne out by classroom practice. For example, he notes that despite much talk about instilling visual acuity and teaching technique, in practice neither teachers nor students behave as if those were their principal goals. He addresses the absurdity of pretending that sexual issues are absent from life-drawing classes and questions the practice of holding up great masters and masterpieces as models for students capable of producing only mediocre art. He also discusses types of art--including art that takes time to complete and art that isn't serious--that cannot be learned in studio art classes.
Why Art Cannot Be Taught is a response to Elkins's observation that "we know very little about what we do" in the art classroom. His incisive commentary illuminates the experience of learning art for those involved in it, while opening an intriguing window for those outside the discipline.

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Why Photography Matters (USED)

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Photography matters, writes Jerry Thompson, because of how it works -- not only as an artistic medium but also as a way of knowing. With this provocative observation, Thompson begins a wide-ranging and lucid meditation on why photography is unique among the picture-making arts. He constructs an argument that moves with natural logic from Thomas Pynchon (and why we read him for his vision and not his command of miscellaneous facts) to Jonathan Swift to Plato to Emily Dickinson (who wrote "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant") to detailed readings of photographs by Eugene Atget, Garry Winogrand, Marcia Due, Walker Evans, and Robert Frank. Forcefully and persuasively, he argues for photography as a medium whose business is not constructing fantasies pleasing to the eye or imagination, but describing the world in the toughest and deepest way."

William Blake: The Seer & His Visions (USED)

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Wordplay: Ambigrams and Reflections on the Art of Ambigrams (USED)

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They read upside down, back to front, in the mirror as well as left to right. In this book Langdon not only presents the reader with a number of strikingly beautiful and arresting ambigrams, but also shows how the very shape of letters can change our ideas of the word itself and its meaning. Filled with word play of all kinds.

World of Winslow Homer (USED)

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X-Treme Art: Draw Manga Villains (USED)

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The second installment in the best-selling Xtreme Art series, this book offers a fun-filled tutorial on one of today's hottest art forms: the Japanese cartoon style of manga. Geared for eager young artists ages 8 and up, Draw Manga Villains! is an easy-to-follow guide to drawing dastardly manga-style villains and spine-tingling monsters. The book starts with basic tips for drawing manga-style facial features and bodies, and for turning ordinary characters into their villainous counterparts. Kids then get pages and pages of eye-popping renderings, each broken down into four simple steps-in each step, new lines are highlighted in a bright second color, making it easy to progress through the steps and build the final drawing. Best-selling author Christopher Hart's simple process and fiendishly fun drawings will motivate without intimidating, getting kids drawing right away!

- Follow-up to the best-selling Xtreme Art: Draw Manga!, which sold over 50,000 copies in its first month

- Villains are the stars of mania and always a thrill for kids

- Mix of characters will appeal to both boys and girls

- Author has sold more than 1.5 million books

Zen Seeing, Zen Drawing; Meditation in Action (USED)

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Franck, the author of Zen of Seeing, the classic guide, returns with more teachings and instructions.