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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

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Elements of drawing

I thought it was thorough in all aspects of the art of drawing.

All theory

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!

The Elements of Drawing
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  • Category: Arts
  • Language: English

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