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About Walter Foster

Our History

Founded in 1922 by artist Walter T. Foster, Walter Foster Publishing is the world’s 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 to its edgier Fantasy Underground and vintage-inspired Walter Foster Collectibles series, 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. Based in Irvine, California, Walter Foster is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA, a subsidiary of the London-based Quarto Group, Inc.  

Our Mission

Walter Foster Publishing is dedicated to preserving the high standards and superb quality that readers have come to expect from our publications. We believe artists are eager to learn, sharpen their skills, and experience new artistic horizons. Our mission is to provide the tools to accomplish those goals.

We offer step-by-step books and kits that are accessible, entertaining, affordable, and informative. Whether you are just becoming acquainted with Walter Foster Publishing or you are continuing a long-term relationship with our products, we are sure that our titles will delight and inspire you.

Quarto Publishing Group USA

Walter Foster Publishing is a division of the Quarto Publishing Group USA, a general interest publisher which includes Aurum Publishing Group, Book Sales, Cool Springs Press, Creative Publishing International, Fair Winds Press, Motorbooks, Quarry, Quayside Distribution Services, Quiver, Racepoint Publishing, Rockport Publishers, Voyageur Press, and Zenith Press.

Learn more about the Quarto Publishing Group USA.