Workbooks to help you get started on your creative journey

If you want to get started developing your creative talent, a great place to begin is with a helpful book and project guide that teaches you technique and helps you advance your practice. Thanks to the good people at Barnes & Noble and Tulsa Toy Depot, consider one of these selections and get started. BarnesandNoble.com TulsaToyDepot.com

Paint This Book!

If you are ready to discover (or re-discover) your genius, “Paint This Book!” will help. The paints, brush and watercolor paper are included – plus irresistible encouragement and exercises from authors John Cassidy and Thacher Hurd.

Learn to Draw

This is a perfect book for budding artists. Experiment with patterns, designs, lettering, lines, light and shadow with tips from children’s book illustrator, Melissa Sweet.

Illustrating Nature: How to Paint and Draw Plants and Animals

The thrill of recapturing scenes from nature can translate into a rewarding career or an invigorating pastime. Both professionals and hobbyists will benefit from this expert, step-by-step guide, which shows how to draw every aspect of nature. Written by Dorothea and Sy Barlowe.

101 Things I Learned in Architecture School

Concise lessons in design, drawing, the creative process and presentation from Matthew Frederick. This is a book that students of architecture will want to keep in the studio and in their backpacks. 

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Translated into more than 17 languages, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards is the world’s most widely used instructional drawing book. Whether you are drawing as a professional artist, as an artist in training, or as a hobby, this book will give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception, as well as foster a new appreciation of the world around you.

How to be an Explorer of the World

From Keri Smith, the internationally bestselling creator of “Wreck This Journal,” an interactive guide for exploring and documenting the art and science of everyday life. Artists and scientists analyze the world around them in surprisingly similar ways, by observing, collecting, documenting, analyzing and comparing. In this captivating guided journal, readers are encouraged to explore their world as both artists and scientists.