"True art is an expression of the human being's search for a relationship with the spiritual, whether the spiritual longed for when his soul leaves the body, or the spiritual which he desires to remember when he dips down into a body, or the spiritual to which he feels more related than to his natural surroundings, or the spiritual as manifested in colors when outside and inside lose their separateness and the soul moves through the cosmos, freely, swimming and hovering, as it were, experiencing its own cosmic life, existing everywhere; or ... the spiritual as expressed in earth life, in the relationship between man's soul-spirit and the cosmic ... " - Rudolf Steiner
Art of Drawing
Art of Drawing / 1 credit
Lesson 1: Drawing Geometric Shapes
Lesson 2: Drawing Rocks, Stones and Minerals
Lesson 3: Drawing Plants and Trees
Lesson 4: Drawing Animals
Lesson 5: Drawing the Human Being
"Aesthetic choices too can be simple or cluttered; it might be about external observation, a broad landscape or a fine detail, but the key is in how you deal with it in your mind's eye. If the process of composition and decision-making as you draw is difficult, perhaps you need to change your point of view. Try a simpler object. Study the aesthetics of modern artists." - Helen South
"As I grew older, I realized that it was much better to insist on the genuine forms of nature, for simplicity is the greatest adornment of art." - Albrecht Durer
"Nobility of spirit has more to do with simplicity than ostentation, wisdom rather than wealth, commitment rather than ambition." - Riccardo Muti
Learning or developing further the art of drawing is foremost an exercise in improving our observation skills. Drawing basic forms (like the ones pictures to the right) will help you see correctly. As you look at an object, no matter how complicated it may seem, the first step is to reduce it to its basic shape. Once this "seeing" of the shape is established, you will be able to draw the object correctly. Basic shapes, forms or "models" are cubes, cylinders, spheres, hexagons, cones, hemispheres, and pyramids. Try to observe your surroundings and identify the basic shapes on the objects you observe.
In this course you will learn or develop further drawing by progressing through steps of drawing objects from the mineral world, the plant world, the animal world and finally the human kingdom.
Items needed: Pencils (black/colored/soft - good quality such as Staedtler or Lyra) and sketchpad (9" x 12", medium weight/65 lb., good quality such as Canson).
Tasks and Assignments Art of Drawing Lesson 1
1. Watch the basic drawing exercise videos provided here.
2. Using a pencil and sketchpad create several drawings of objects for practicing purposes. Choose objects from the objects pictured above.
3. Once confident of drawing these basic objects, select 12 objects (either from the picture or choose other basic objects) and draw them.
4. Take pictures of the drawings and submit.
Please submit files of completed art project(s), comments and questions via the online form or via email.