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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. 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/

# Episode Title Description People Date Media Files
1 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. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
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2 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. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
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3 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. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
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4 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. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
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5 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. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
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6 6. Measured Drawing Lesson 5. Making a drawing that is dependent for its success on mathematical accuracy. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
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7 7. 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. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
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8 8. Field Notes Lesson 7. Strategies for collecting information and recording ideas as an aid to memory. Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
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9 9. Creativity Lesson 8. Invention! Stephen Farthing 24 Mar 2011
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