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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/

The Elements of Drawing 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/

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    1. Introduction to the Elements of Drawing

    1. 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. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 1 min
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    2. The Tip of the Pencil

    2. 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. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 5 min
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    3. The Edge of the Pencil

    3. The Edge of the Pencil

    Lesson 2. We use tone, light, dark and the shades in-between to create illusions of volume and depth. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 3 min
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    4. Toned Paper

    4. 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. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 3 min
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    5. Making a Livelier Drawing

    5. 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. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 3 min
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    6. Measured Drawing

    6. Measured Drawing

    Lesson 5. Making a drawing that is dependent for its success on mathematical accuracy. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5
191 Ratings

191 Ratings

mabragg68 ,

Great course teaching just the very basics

For a 45 year old wanting to learn how to draw, something I've always wanted to do, I found this course to be sufficient in teaching some basics. The instructor clearly articulates the techniques and is easily understood. Can't imagine why somebody gave this course a poor review.

Demeteranne ,

Worth It

Never seen anything like this-
brief
on point
excellent
pick up a pencil and give it a go

R Z O ,

An art instructor thinks this is quality

This is a great approach to Elements and Principles: scientific. After watching this you can move on to abstraction with ease! Or take one of my classes

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