Elements of Drawing

VU Course ID: AR144
Curriculum: 9 units
Textbooks: None
Prerequisites: None
Developer: Stephen Farthing
Provider: University of Oxford
Recordable: Yes

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Course Description

In this course, 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 catalogs assembled by John Ruskin for his Oxford drawing schools. Topics covered in the course include using line to define spaces and things, using tone, toned paper, drawing with energy, and more complex forms of drawing.

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Introduction to the Elements of Drawing
Video 1
The Tip of the Pencil 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.
Video 2
The Edge of the Pencil We use tone, light, dark and the shades in-between to create illusions of volume and depth.
Video 3
Toned Paper 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.
Video 4
Making a Livelier Drawing Making a livelier drawing, where the line and tone have an energy because they have been applied at speed with a brush.
Video 5
Measured Drawing Making a drawing that is dependent for its success on mathematical accuracy.
Video 6
With Colour The most complex form of drawing. Starting with a pencil outline, the drawing is developed with a brush in clearly defined layers.
Video 7
Field Notes Strategies for collecting information and recording ideas as an aid to memory.
Video 8
Creativity Invention!
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