This Book Thinks You're an Artist

Harriet Russell, Caroline Osborne, Laura Worsley

The third title in an innovative series, perfect for budding artists who enjoy hands-on learning


Filled with creative, playful activities, This Book Thinks You’re an Artist asks budding artists to imagine their eccentric- artist alter ego before working through seven key topics: observation, drawing, color pattern, design, sculpture, and, crucially, how to steal ideas (Be inspired! Offend the viewer!). Each spread offers a different project—everything you need to make your own work of art inspired by a famous artist or movement in a lighthearted and playful tone. Activities include making a Bruegel circus, playing a Surrealist game, selling a scribble for a million dollars, and painting your face like a Russian Futurist. A section of paper-based crafts at the end of the book even includes a kit to build a viewfinder and make a mini-manifesto book.


This book's playful, creative activities help you work through key topics in art.

— Learning

Being an artist is as simple as creating art, [author] Amson-Bradshaw suggests in this hands-on creativity book. Chapters introduce concepts and techniques in approachable ways, with activities devoted to observing objects, creating images chat demonstrate perspective and depth, and filling in shades on a color wheel… [Illustrator] Russell integrates original illustrations with samples of classic art objects, presenting a visually engrossing template for readers' own work.

— This Book Thinks You're an Artist


Harriet Russell

Illustrated By

Harriet Russell is a London-based artist. She has written and illustrated six books for children and is the illustrator of the activity series This Book Thinks You’re a …, which has sold in over twenty languages.

Caroline Osborne

Contributions By

Caroline Osborne has taught art history for more than thirty years.

Laura Worsley

Contributions By

Laura Worsley is an art historian and teacher.