The Campaign for Drawing and the annual The BIG DRAW was launched in the UK in 2000 by the Guild of St George, a small charity founded by John Ruskin in 1871. He set up the Guild to promote and assist the liberal education of artisans. The Guild initiated the Campaign to celebrate Ruskin’s centenary by promoting his belief that drawing is a key to understanding and knowledge.
For Ruskin, drawing was a powerful tool in learning to see and understand, probe, respond and express. His Elements of Drawing, written in 1856/57 is still read by artists as a fresh and relevant guide to seeing and drawing.
(Elements of Drawing pdf ) http://ruskinhistory.org/RuskinArt.htm
For more about John Ruskin & Ruskin Florida: http://ruskinhistory.org
On John Ruskin: http://www.ruskinartclub.org/johnruskin.htm