Core Academic Training There are three areas where the apprentice has the most to learn. They are: drawing from life, drawing masterworks, and drawing from imagination. The apprentice must include a third of each in their studies as the world’s great masters have done for over six centuries. Practitioners in past centuries studied and analyzed […]

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The apprentice’s advancement requires a careful study of figure structure, as elucidated by Richer, Bridgman, and Hale, familiarizing themselves with the bony structure of the skeleton, and the location, origin, insertion, and function of the muscles. FIGURE STRUCTURE Architectonic Disengno The Architectural Design and Structure of the Human Form The skeletal system is compliant with […]

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THE FOUR ELEMENTS OF MASS CONCEPTION The elements of mass conception are; the Idea or concept of the Form, determining the precise shape of the Form, establishing Form lighting, and the positioning of the Form in Space. The apprentice should make a daily practice of drawing cubes, spheres and cylinders. In the architectonic drawing, all […]

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Ruskin on Anatomy

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Mister Ruskin, who is wrong on most things art, elects to downgrade the whole of art to appeal to the common man.  This is an attempt to place visual literacy as the same level of attainment of all art past or present.  Ruskin’s vision of naturalism largely propagates the idea that we draw what we see, this […]

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Interpreting The Tao ‘The Way’

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Sie Ho’s Six Laws These are guiding universal principles of creative guidance.  The straight interpretation from the Chinese doesn’t quite get us to a point of understanding without some additional explanation. 1st. Consonance of spirit engenders the movement (of life) 2nd. The law of bones by means of the brush 3rd. Form represented through conformity […]

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Training In The Renaissance Workshop

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Training of the ‘Garzoni’ or apprentices in the Renaissance Masters workshop was far different then one imagines.  The length of the apprenticeship varied and the what they were apprenticing to be also differed.  Not everyone apprenticed to be and artist, many were trained to be ‘artisans’. The apprentices were expected to learn to draw and paint in […]

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Colour Control the Harmonic Palette

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Frank Morley Fletcher’s ‘Palette Control’ is based on musical metrics of major keys and minor keys 5-3-4 and 4-3-5.

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Myron Barnstone on Visual Literacy

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Myron Barnstone taught an apprenticeship type art school, known as ‘The Barnstone Studios’ in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley for over thirty-five years.  The core of his teaching revolved around the comprehension and creation of imagery or visual literacy.  Understanding visual literacy starts when you realize that no artist draws what they see, they interpret what they see into visual elements. […]

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The Holy Grail of Art Education

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‘Visual Literacy’ as a term or concept is not grasped my enough people in the educational arena. Art class unfortunately is viewed as a very narrow field of study and in many cases not even worthy of being part of a curriculum at all. It should, however, be viewed and an essential part of every […]

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Barnstone YouTube Interview – The Journey

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Myron Barnstone had a major influence on many artistic careers including mine. He taught for thirty-five years at his studio school ‘The Barnstone Studios’ where he helped mentor many notable talents including Juliette Aristides and Dan Thompson. Myron was a true ‘cognoscente’ of classical design using the golden section and root rectangles.

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