Summer Fun For Adults Week 4: Art & Expression

Books to help you express yourself through art.

The Summer Fun for Adults program continues with this week’s theme: Art & Expression. You can earn raffle tickets for reading and reviewing books and movies, and by participating in other fun activities.  Possible prizes include a Chromebook, a free Annual BayWheels membership, boating on Lake Merritt and gift cards for groceries, gardening supplies, sporting goods, books, coffee and more. To find out more visit this page, and to sign up go here.

Oakland is home to many talented artists. You can see this reflected in the City's streets through Oakland murals and the downtown street art that has been created in the last few weeks in solidarity with Black Lives Matter.

During the past three months of sheltering in place, The Oakland Museum of California has created The Oakland Museum at Home, featuring online exhibits for Black Power, Dorothea Lange: Photography as Activism and You are Here: California Stories on the Map.

And of course your Oakland Public Library has plenty of art books to help you find your creative expression. Here is a collection of books on political and protest art, a sampling of books to help you make art, and a selection of artist biographies and memoirs published during the past few years in both print and electronic formats. Now that we've started curbside pick-up at five of our branches, books may be placed on hold once again! Happy reading and creating!

Political and Protest Art

Protest!  When I Remember I See Red  Basquiat's Defacement  Art and Civil Rights in the 60s

A People's Art History of the United States  Zapanatera Negra  Paper Politics  Queer X Design

Protest! : a history of social and political protest graphics / Liz McQuiston

When I remember I see red : American Indian art and activism in California / edited by Frank LaPena and Mark Dean Johnson with Kristina Perea Gilmore, associate editor ; with essays by Janeen Atoine [and seven others]

Basquiat's Defacement : the untold story / Chaédria LaBouvier

Witness : art and civil rights in the sixties / Teresa A. Carbone and Kellie Jones ; with Connie H. Choi, Dalila Scruggs, Cynthia A. Young

A people's art history of the United States : 250 years of activist art and artists working in social justice movements / Nicolas Lampert

Zapantera negra: an artistic encounter between Black Panthers and Zapatistas / edited by Marc James Leger and David Tomas, with Emory Douglas (former Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party)

Paper Politics : Socially Engaged Printmaking Today (e-book)

Queer X design : 50 years of signs, symbols, banners, logos, and graphic art of LGBTQ / Andy Campbell

Making Art

The Painted Art Journal  Paper Collage The Sketchbook Challenge  One Painting a Day
Making Comics Zines  Hand Drawn Lettering  The Art of Mistakes

The painted art journal : 24 projects for creating your visual narrative / Jeanne Oliver

Paper collage Chinese style / Zhu Liqun Paper Arts Museum ; Zhu Liqun ; translation, Kitty Lau

The sketchbook challenge : techniques, prompts, and inspiration for achieving your creative goals / Sue Bleiweiss

One painting a day : a 6-week course in observational painting -- creating extraordinary paintings from everyday experiences / Timothy Callaghan

Making comics : celestial activity : hand ; eye / Lynda Barry

Make a zine! : start your own underground publishing revolution / Joe Biel with Bill Brent

Hand drawn lettering : draw, print, paint / Max Marlborough

The art of mistakes : unexpected painting techniques & the practice of creative thinking  

The art journal workshop / Traci Bunkers (e-book)

Mandala for the inspired artist / Louise Gale, Marisa Edghill, Alyssa Stokes (e-book)

The complete fabric artist's workshop / Susan Stein (e-book)

New Artist Biographies

Ruth Asawa Rainbow Warrior  Basquiat 

Frida in AmericaEscape Artist  Old in Art School

Ruth Asawa : life's work / edited by Tamara H. Schenkenberg ; essays by Aruna D'Souza, Helen Molesworth, and Tamara H. Schenkenberg

Rainbow warrior : my life in color / Gilbert Baker

Basquiat / script by Julian Voloj; illustrated by Søren Mosdal

Frida in America : the creative awakening of a great artist / Celia Stahr

Escape artist : memoir of a visionary artist on death row / William Noguera 

Old in art school : a memoir of starting over / Nell Painter

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