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Introduction to Drawing Systems 6‑Disc DVD Set


About Introduction to Drawing Systems 6‑Disc DVD Set

Barnstone Design Method on DVD

To further enhance your learning experience, purchase the accompanying workbook: Introduction to Drawing & Design

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Whatever your goals may be, the content in this course will help you achieve them. The methods and principles taught convey essential, underlying techniques that are not readily available in most art education programs or classes today, making this course an invaluable resource for designers, experienced or aspiring artists and arts educators.

In the Introduction to Drawing Systems course, the student begins with a family of three bottles, learning how to assess the particular proportions and shape characteristics of their subjects. Like observing the proportional differences between people, the careful examination of bottles reveals a subtle anatomy of simple geometric shapes that creates the unity and variety for a harmonic structure, animating the entire composition. Delving much deeper in the complexities of form, students will learn to organize the three-dimensional volumes and surfaces, illuminate and render form in light and shadow, and organize their subject using the ancient geometric principles of the Golden Section.

The Barnstone Digital packages follow the curriculum developed by Myron Barnstone to teach Drawing & Design. Mr. Barnstone’s Methods have proven to be successful over the past 30+ years in the amount of scholarship money awarded to students as well as the successful careers of a number of professional Artists, Architects, Educators & Designers.

Anyone wishing to purchase and study from the DVD sets is strongly encouraged to start with Drawing Lesson 1 and proceed through the material in order. Mr. Barnstone builds upon each previous lesson. The Figure Drawing and Color DVDs would be best studied after all the Drawing material. Included are projects to reinforce all concepts and best practices with a critique of the assignments in the following DVD.

Drawing DVD’s: The most comprehensive drawing & design course available anywhere. Take your time and repeat and review as necessary.

Lesson 1: 2 Dimensional Analysis of Bottle Designs

Basic language, principals & ideas will be explored that start the foundation of the Barnstone Method of Drawing & Design. Includes gesture drawing, line drawing & geometry of the bottle.

Lesson 2: The 2 Dimensional Still Life Arrangement

The previous lesson will be expanded to include a complete still life arrangement while exploring aerial perspective, Figure to ground relationships, line drawing and passage. The importance of objective self critique will be introduced.

Lesson 3: The Sphere in the Cube

Introducing the basic methodology in constructing a drawing that appears in the 3rd dimension.

Lesson 4: 3D Projection of Still Life

Incorporating the material covered in Lesson 3 to the bottle still life worked with in previous lessons.

Lesson 5: The Sphere in Value

Exploring value & light as it relates to a sphere. Introducing the concepts of vignette, aerial perspective and passage and how they are used in a value drawing.

Lesson 6: Value Zone System

A value system to organize space and enhance the illusion of depth in the picture plane is presented.

Lesson 7: The Golden Section specifically the Root 2 Rectangle

Overview of the Golden Section Geometry and how it relates to design and drawing.

Lesson 8: The Plant

A living object is introduced and explored as subject matter for applying the previous lessons.

Lesson 9: The Portrait and the geometry of the head

Introduction of the Geometry of the Head as it relates to drawing and design

Lesson 10: Dynamic Symmetry

Further exploration of the Geometric systems and Root Rectangles used in design and Art.

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