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Art & Architecture: Art Pursuit Assignment

Use this research guide to find information on art and architecture in books, library databases, and the Web


Resources for Learning an Artistic Hobby

Smithsonian quilt

Carpenter's Wheel Quilt - Smithsonian American Art Museum

Your Assignment

The idea of this assignment is to give students an opportunity to learn and practice an art-related hobby that can become a lifelong pursuit.  You may want to explore Google and YouTube, but don't neglect the excellent resources listed on this guide.  This is not intended to be a comprehensive guide.  If you need help finding something not listed here be sure to contact an SCC librarian or your instructor.

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Spokane Public Library

All SCC students are eligible to use Spokane Public Library resources, whether or not you live within the city limits.  More information about how to get an SPL card:  Accessing Spokane Public Library Resources

After you get an SPL card download these apps:

Hoopla - ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video and music
Here's how to find art ebooks:

  1. tap Books at the bottom of the app
  2. tap the blue Genres and Collections tile
  3. tap Genres, then Art, then Study & Teaching (or Techniques)

Kanopy - streaming video
Includes the following Great Courses video series:

  • How to Draw
  • How to Paint
  • Landscape & Wildlife Photography
  • Fundamentals of Photography

Libby - ebooks, audiobooks, magazines
Here's a sampling of the many magazines that are available:

  • The Artist
  • The Artist's Guide to Crochet
  • The Artist's Guide to Digital Painting
  • The Artist's Guide to Illustration
  • The Artist's Guide to Photoshop
  • Black & White Photography Made Easy
  • ClayCraft
  • Digital Photography for Beginners
  • How to Paint and Draw
  • Knitting for Beginners
  • Leisure Painter
  • New Artist
  • Popular Woodworking
  • Woodcraft Magazine

SCC Library Books

You'll find art books in the 740 area on the library second floor.  Here are some examples of titles available:

SCC Library eBooks

The SCC Library has a database called the eBook Collection which has titles on many subjects, including art.  Here are some examples:

Aaseng, Maury et al. The Art of Comic Book Drawing: More Than 100 Drawing and Illustration Techniques for Rendering Comic Book Characters and Storyboards. Walter Foster Publishing, 2020. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=2561749&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Barber, Barrington. The Ultimate Drawing Book: Essential Skills, Techniques and Inspiration for Artists. Arcturus, 2020. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=2481513&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Editors of Creative Publishing international. Quilting 101: Master Basic Skills and Techniques Easily Through Step-by-Step Instruction. Quarry Books, 2018. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=1934216&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Fagans, Michael. iPhone Photography for Everybody: Artistic Techniques. Amherst Media, 2020. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=2637008&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Hazlewood, Robin. An Introduction to Drawing: An Artist’s Guide to Skills & Techniques. Arcturus, 2020. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=2480513&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Huggins-Cooper. Lynn Spinning and Weaving. Pen & Sword History, 2019. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=2289409&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Hummel, Heather. Photographing Water: Expert Techniques for Capturing the Beauty of Lakes, Rivers, Oceans, Rainstorms, and More. Amherst Media, 2016. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=1346055&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Kauffman Yaun, Debra et al. The Art of Drawing People: Simple Techniques for Drawing Figures, Portraits, and Poses. Walter Foster Publishing, 2019. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=2326401&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Lauren, Andrea. Block Print: Everything You Need to Know for Printing with Lino Blocks, Rubber Blocks, Foam Sheets, and Stamp Sets. Rockport Publishers, 2016. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=2719840&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Powell, William F. et al. The Art of Basic Drawing: Simple Step-by-Step Techniques for Drawing a Variety of Subjects in Graphite Pencil. Walter Foster Publishing, 2020. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=2403477&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Powers, Andie and Emily Grosse. Print, Paint & Ink: Over 20 Modern Craft Projects for You and Your Home. Taunton Press, 2016. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=1498025&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

Walter Foster Creative Team. The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Drawing Animals: More Than 200 Drawing Techniques, Tips & Lessons for Rendering Lifelike Animals in Graphite and Colored Pencil. Walter Foster Publishing, 2017. EBSCOhost,,shib&db=nlebk&AN=1470694&site=ehost-live&scope=site.

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