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Walter Foster Publishing is one of the most recognized names in art instruction. The timeless drawing and painting techniques found in Walter Foster titles have helped people around the world discover their artistic talents. From traditional pencil sketching and acrylic, oil, and watercolor painting, to mixed media, hand lettering, and DIY crafting--Walter Foster Publishing has developed a full library of titles for the modern artist.

Contact Info

Walter Foster Publishing
6 Orchard
Suite 100
Lake Forest, CA 92630

Tel: +1 949 380 7510
Fax: +1 949 380 7575

Anne Landa, V.P., Group Publisher
Rebecca Razo, Publisher
General Email:
Foreign Rights:
If you are interested in publishing our titles in Europe, please contact:
     Karine Marko
     Group Rights Director
If you are interested in publishing our titles anywhere else in the world, please contact:
     Kate Essam
     Senior Manager, Quarto Foreign Rights Operations

Our HistoryWalter Foster

Our Founder

Walter T. Foster

Founded in 1922 by artist Walter T. Foster, Walter Foster Publishing is the leading publisher of how-to-draw and paint books and kits for adults and children. Walter Foster’s diverse selection of instructional art books and kits have created a foundation for millions of beginning, intermediate, and advanced artists looking to hone their talents, learn new techniques, and discover different mediums.

From its extensive How to Draw & Paint series and classic Artist Library series to its selection of whimsical doodling, coloring, and craft titles, Walter Foster’s books cover a variety of topics and mediums across a broad spectrum of traditional and eclectic subject matter for artists of all skill levels. Walter Foster Publishing continues to expand its offerings every year, producing cutting-edge art-instruction books and kits for a worldwide audience.

Walter Foster Publishing is based in Lake Forest, California.

Our Series
Looking for a specific Walter Foster book series. You can find them by clicking the links below.

Academy of Art
Artist's Library
Acrylic Made Easy
Art Camp
Artist's Studio
Color Mixing Recipes
Collector's Series
Daily Book
Doodling For
Drawing Made Easy
          Fantasy Underground
Mixed Media
How to Draw & Paint
Creative & Beyond
Trace & Color
Walter Foster Collectibles
Walter Foster Sudio
Watercolor Made Easy

We also publish a group of licensed titles.

Archie Comics
Jim Henson
Sony (Breaking Bad)

Become a Walter Foster Publishing Author
Are you a trained artist with a knack for teaching skills and techniques to artists, both novice and experienced? Are you a blogger with a strong following and a fresh take on art and design? Walter Foster Publishing is always on the lookout for authors and artists with creative ideas that enhance and broaden our publishing list. Our topics span everything from traditional oil painting to newer art techniques like tangling and mixed media. See our submissions guidelines if you are interested in submitting your ideas for consideration.

January 24, 2017
Amelia Earhart and Mabrook! A World of Muslim Weddings, both from Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, and The Hello Atlas from Wide Eyed Editions have been selected as part of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017 in the US. This annual cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council aims to gather “an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.” Read More.
January 19, 2017
Author of Unseen London and London Uncovered published by Frances Lincoln, an imprint of The Quarto Group, Peter Dazeley has been awarded The British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for his services to photography and charity. Read More.
July 25, 2016
LONDON, 20 July 2016 – The Quarto Group (LSE: QRT) is pleased to announce the following Leadership appointments, effective from 1 January 2017 and reporting to Marcus E. Leaver, Chief Executive Officer of The Quarto Group. Read More.
May 18, 2016
Breaking Bad: Cookin’ Up Some Color, Yo, a coloring and activity book featuring highlights from the five-season run of Breaking Bad, has been nominated for the Best Licensed Product: Publishing / Social Expression Category in the 2016 Licensing Awards sponsored by the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers Association (LIMA). Read More.
August 10, 2015
The San Jose Mercury News featured Quarto Publishing Group titles in its feature this weekend on the adult coloring book trend. Quarto Publishing Group USA CEO Ken Fund's interview also was featured in the article. Read More.
July 15, 2015
The Associated Press reports that adult coloring books are giving Harper Lee a run for the money on best-seller lists this summer. A story by the AP's Beth J. Hapaz on the coloring book craze and Quarto Publishing Group's part in it has been published in more than 100 outlets across the country. Read More.
July 14, 2015
The adult coloring book craze continues to make headlines. Parade Magazine, which is a supplement to Sunday newspapers across the country, ran a cover story on the phenomenon in its July 12 edition. Read More.
July 8, 2015
The Quarto Group is delighted to announce the launch of QuartoKnows.com, a new consumer facing site that showcases and promotes The Quarto Group's entire global publishing programme. The site allows consumers to discover more books in subjects they are interested in and presents books in ten subject areas each distinctly branded with a unique icon: Quarto Cooks, Quarto Homes, Quarto Drives, Quarto Kids, Quarto Lives (health & MBS), Quarto Plays (sport & games), Quarto Creates (art, craft & design), Quarto Thinks (culture), Quarto Explores (history, travel, science) and Quarto Gifts. Read More.
June 16, 2015
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Lerner Publisher Services, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, today announced a new partnership with Quarto Library, a new imprint of library bound titles, to be the exclusive USA and Canadian distributor of their fall frontlist titles to the school and public library markets beginning August 2015. Lerner Publisher Services will grow sales for Quarto Library by leveraging the market reach, expertise, and reputation for exceptional quality and customer service that has made Lerner Publishing Group a leader in independent children's book publishing for 55 years. Read More.
April 23, 2014
The Quarto Group was featured in Publishers Weekly London Book Show Daily on April 9, 2014. Here are a few excerpts from the article. Read More.
February 26, 2014
Quarto (LSE: QRT.L), the leading global illustrated book publisher and distribution group, on February 26 announced a rebrand of its publishing divisions, comprising new names and a new visual identity, which better represents how the divisions work together. With shared domestic, international and foreign language sales teams Quarto is one integrated supplier to customers worldwide. The new names and logos make this clear while capitalizing on the company's 38-year-old heritage. Read More.
April 27, 2012
Forget the camera. A growing number of travelers are using a pencil to capture vacation memories. "Sketching makes for a richer travel experience," says Seattle journalist and author of The Art of Urban Sketching Gabriel Campanario. Read More.
April 17, 2012
Gabriel Campanario, whose work has appeared for years in the Seattle Times under the byline "Seattle Sketcher," and in his Urban Sketcher blog, will share sketching tips at the Seattle Public Library at 1 p.m. April 29. Read More.
April 17, 2012
Have you hit a creative roadblock? In his new book, "Unstuck," Noah Scalin presents 52 inspiring prompts designed for any field and any level of experience. Read More.
January 27, 2012
Paula Moliver, the Hartford Knitting Examiner, says Creative Pilgrimage "is an exploration of artful gatherings and discovery of innovative art techniques, enjoyed by both the teachers and students." Read More.
January 24, 2012
"Inspired by," an exhibit of the art appearing in Art Lab for Kids, along with many of the original pieces that inspired the art, will open March 5 at artstream studio in Rochester, NH. Read More.
January 24, 2012
Alena Hennessy, author of Cultivating Your Creative Life, is now at home in the Asheville, NC, River Arts District. Read More.
January 12, 2012
Walter Foster Publishing, the world's leading art instruction publisher, and MEDL Mobile, a leader in mobile development, have partnered to create a new drawing experience for creative children. "Kids! Learn to Draw by Walter Foster" teaches budding artists how to draw an engaging array of subjects using step-by-step guides and the touch of a finger. Read More.
January 6, 2012
Noah Scalin, author of Unstuck, offers tips on how to get out of that creative rut in a post on Etsy. Read More.
November 30, 2011
That Artist Woman Blog was "truly amazed" by Noah Scalin's new book, Unstuck. Read More.
November 23, 2011
The Geek Dad blog at Wired.com says How to Draw Steampunk from Walter Foster is beautiful to look at and offers the inspiration to take up drawing. Read More.
September 21, 2011
Carla Sonheim, author of Drawing Lab for Mixed-Media Artists, shares a drawing project using ink, toilet paper and an eye dropper. Read More.
September 14, 2011
Author Noah Scalin wrote a preview of his new book Unstuck on the blog Another Limited Rebellion. The book will be released in November. Read More.
July 22, 2011
HugeGamer.com says "apps like Learn to Draw are what make the iPad so great." Read More.
June 30, 2011
Rockport Publishers has launched RockPaperInk.com, a community for designers to come together to share their opinions, creations, and passions for the field. Read More.
February 10, 2011
Mel Martin, who writes for AOL.com's TUAW blog (The Unofficial Apple Weblog), says Walter Foster's Learn to Draw Sketchbook is "the kind of creative use of the iPad that I really commend." Read More.
January 13, 2011
MEDL Mobile, Inc., a leader in mobile development, has created a whole new category of application with the introduction of the Learn to Draw Digital Sketchbook by Walter Foster app for the Apple iPad. Read More.

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