Learning by Designing (Vol 1) - Pacific Northwest Coast Native Indian Art By Jim Gilbert and Karin Clark

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By Jim Gilbert and Karin Clark

  • 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.


    • 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.