The Elements of Drawing
By Oxford University
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Stephen Farthing R.A. presents eight practical drawing classes using John Ruskin’s teaching collections to explain the basic principles of drawing. This series accompanies 'The Elements of Drawing', a searchable and browsable online version of the teaching collection and catalogues assembled by John Ruskin for his Oxford drawing schools. For further information please visit http://ruskin.ashmolean.org/
|1||CleanVideo1. Introduction to the Elements of Drawing||Stephen Farthing R.A. presents eight practical drawing classes using John Ruskin's teaching collections to explain the basic principles of drawing.||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|2||CleanVideo2. The Tip of the Pencil||Lesson 1. We use line to define spaces and things. It is not a question of magically getting the line right first time, but of first turning a contour into a line, and then systematically correcting that line until it looks right.||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|3||CleanVideo3. The Edge of the Pencil||Lesson 2. We use tone, light, dark and the shades in-between to create illusions of volume and depth.||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|4||CleanVideo4. Toned Paper||Lesson 3. How toned paper can be used to provide the mid-tone in a drawing, which records where light and shade fall as a means of picturing an object.||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|5||CleanVideo5. Making a Livelier Drawing||Lesson 4. Making a livelier drawing, where the line and tone have an energy because they have been applied at speed with a brush.||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|6||CleanVideo6. Measured Drawing||Lesson 5. Making a drawing that is dependent for its success on mathematical accuracy.||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|7||CleanVideo7. With Colour||Lesson 6. The most complex form of drawing. Starting with a pencil outline, the drawing is developed with a brush in clearly defined layers.||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|8||CleanVideo8. Field Notes||Lesson 7. Strategies for collecting information and recording ideas as an aid to memory.||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
|9||CleanVideo9. Creativity||Lesson 8. Invention!||3/24/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
Elements of drawing
I thought it was thorough in all aspects of the art of drawing.
This series briefly discusses (too briefly to get any application) basic elements of drawing. It will be difficult to improve your technical skills based on these videos, if that is what you're looking for. The speaker's own inability to draw (see his creation in "Creativity") and the mediocre artwork that he uses as examples seem to undermine his credibility as an artist, though.
Complex made simple to understand
It was a pleasure to hear Mr. Farthing teach complex yet basic elements of drawing in such easy to comprehend language. His words are carefully chosen and defined in common terms. His demonstrations were simple and to the point. As a professional artist who teaches I plan to use many of his definitions with my students. It was also great to see some of John Ruskin's drawings up close. Thanks Mr. Farthing. Make more!
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