In 2012, William Kentridge—the Johannesburg-born artist whose creations have been celebrated for their direct engagement with political and social issues—was selected by an esteemed panel to deliver the Charles Eliot Norton Lectures at Harvard University. Six Drawing Lessons were the resulting lectures he presented that spring at Harvard’s Mahindra Humanities Center. Art21, the award-winning nonprofit producers of Art in the Twenty-First Century, is distributing Six Drawing Lessons, each of which spans a wide range of ideas and includes vivid examples of Kentridge’s works.
2012, ART21. 6-part series, 53–72 minutes each.
This program concentrates on the importance of drawing to the different artistic disciplines as it addresses ongoing debates surrounding the representation of space.
2003, Lagardere Studio Distribution. 26 minutes.
Art students can benefit greatly from comparing Michelangelo’s preparatory drawings to his finished masterworks—but viewing them together is virtually impossible in a museum setting. This program solves that problem, closely juxtaposing the artist’s pencil and charcoal works with the painting, sculpture, and architecture that grew out of them.
2005, British Museum Company. 40 minutes.
Introduction to Art is a six-part series, discussing Contextual Analysis; Critical Reading, Writing, and Research; Methodology and Interpretation; Viewing, Discussing, and Analyzing Art; Visual Analysis; and Visual Literacy .
2012, Discovery Education. 6 videos, snout 30 min. each.
From conceptual sketches to detailed blueprints, drawings serve as the vehicle for translating architectural visions into masterpieces of design and construction. This outstanding program provides a concise demonstration of axonometric, isometric, and one-point and two-point perspective drawing. Computer graphics are employed to help explain the underlying principles of architectural drawing, while student projects serve as examples of well-executed drafting.
1999, University of Sheffield Learning Media Unit. 20 minutes.
The development of the arts in Europe from the Middle Ages to the modern era is an astonishing record of cultural achievement, from the breathtaking architecture of Gothic cathedrals to the daring visual experiments of the Cubist painters.
These 36 lectures take you on an in-depth exploration of the practical skill of viewing art through the lenses of line, light, perspective, composition, and other crucial elements of craft and technique.