As a senior high school student, reading art books helps you see the world in a different vantage point.

10 Best Art Books Every Senior High School Student Must Read

As a senior high school student, learning must not be limited to the four walls of the classroom. Applying your knowledge into actual outputs helps you learn what works and what needs improvement. However, reading art books also aids you to acquire more knowledge of your craft.

Interesting Art Books for SHS Students

You may find yourself wondering what reading can do for you. Here are some of the benefits of reading, most especially for senior high school students like you:

  • Stress reduction
  • Vocabulary expansion
  • Memory improvement
  • Better writing skills
  • Mental stimulation

Don’t know which books to read first? Start reading creative pieces that don’t just inform you of new things, but also inspire you to create, innovate, and express yourself.

With that, what are the best art books? As we all know, art is a broad concept. It covers a lot of creative fields, such as art history, media and visual arts, and animation to name a few. With that, we enumerated 10 art books you must add to your next-to-read list:

Art History

Want to read art books that tackle more about its history? Check these out.

Art Books: Art Through the Ages by Fred S. Kleiner

Art Through the Ages by Fred S. Kleiner. Looking for the best art history book? Check this out. An American textbook tackling the history of world art, Art Through the Ages boasts its easy-to-read-and-understand text. It features the full history of Western art and offers overviews of vital areas of non-Western art.

Art Books: Ways of Seeing by John Berger

Ways of Seeing by John Berger. Based on the BBC television series, Ways of Seeing aims to change the way we see art. Read this gem of an art book to discover more ways of interpreting art and appreciating the surrounding world.

Media and Visual Arts

Planning to pursue a career in the K12 visual arts and media arts fields? Include these artist books in your priority resources list.

Art Books: How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy

How to be a Graphic Designer, Without Losing Your Soul by Adrian Shaughnessy. If your craft leans toward graphic design, then this is a must-read for you. This aims to be a one-stop resource for graphic designers by giving practical advice and theoretical guide.

Art Books: Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson

Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson. Passionate about photography? Understanding Exposure focuses on guiding photographers (and aspiring ones like you, too) how to shoot great photos with any camera. So if you’re planning to up your photography game, this is one of the best art books you can ever have.


Ever been amazed in the world of animation? What are its principles? Check out these amazing animation resources.

Art Books: The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams

The Animator’s Survival Kit by Richard Williams. Love watching animated films and want to pursue a film animation career? Check this definitive book by Richard Williams. For the author, animators (from beginner to expert) must be familiar with the underlying principles of animation.

Art Books: Acting for Animators 4 by Ed Hooks

Acting for Animators 4 by Ed Hooks. This is one of the best art books for beginners and experienced pros. It focuses on the principles of classical acting theory to discuss character analysis, physical movement, facial expression, and scene structure.

Creative Inspiration

Need the inspiration to squeeze out your creative juices? Here are two art books for you.

Art Books: Drawing on the RIght Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards. Because of its aim to inspire beginners and professionals, this has been dubbed as the world’s widely used instructional drawing book.

Art Books: Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley and David Kelley. Yes, there’s such a thing as creative confidence. In this book, Tom and David identify the principles and strategies that let us tap into our creative sides—may it be in our work or personal lives. Further, this book helps us be more productive while pursuing our art toward personal success.

Bonus Picks

Want to know how to sell your artwork? Or try a different and interactive art resource? We’ve picked these books for you.

Art Books: The Business of Being an Artist by Daniel Grant

The Business of Being an Artist by Daniel Grant. Before thinking about selling your artworks, be guided with this bonus pick for you. If you want to turn your hobby into a living, or simply share your artworks while earning, The Business of Being an Artist is your go-to book.

Art Books: The Steal Like an Artist Journal by Austin Kleon

The Steal Like an Artist Journal by Austin Kleon. This is an interactive journal and logbook for all your creative ideas. Use this for your daily prompts, ideas, quotes, and more.

Pursue Your Creative Career with CIIT Philippines

Art books can be your best friends whenever you need reliable sources to back up your stock knowledge or learn more about the vast world of art.

Fortunately, CIIT Philippines offers quality senior high school programs which help you pursue your creative career. Join our ranks now and unleash your creative potential. Contact us now for more inquiries.

“Literature allows us to be open, to listen, and to be curious.” —Tracy K. Smith

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