VISUAL ART – FILM: “The Flying Train (1902)” / MoMA / FILM VAULT SUMMER CAMP ☮

“The Flying Train” depicts a ride on a suspended railway in Germany in 1902. The footage is almost as impressive as the feat of engineering it captures. For many years our curators believed our Mutoscope rolls were slightly shrunken 70mm film, but they were actually shot on Biograph’s proprietary 68mm stock. Formats like Biograph’s 68mm and Fox’s 70mm Grandeur are of particular interest to researchers visiting the Film Study Center because the large image area affords stunning visual clarity and quality, especially compared to the more standard 35mm or 16mm stocks.

VISUAL ART – ABSTRACT PAINTING: “Ten Amazing Facts about Wassily Kandinsky” / Paul Priestley ☮

Want to know 10 amazing facts about about the Russian artist Kandinsky? This art tutorial covers 10 important elements of the life of Kandinsky and is intended for those interested in art history and school students. The video covers his early life in Moscow and Odessa, his move to Law School and his eventual move towards the arts. This art tutorial covers his time in Munich, his meeting with Gabriele Münter in Murnau and his early investigations into colour and the development towards abstraction and abstract art. The influence of music on his painting is explained and his work with the Blue Rider and his teaching at the Bauhaus are all covered together with his eventual move to Paris and his death in obscurity. The video would be a great introduction to an art workshop or art day for children in a primary, elementary or secondary school.

VISUAL ART – DRAWING: “YOU can Draw!” / Paul Priestley ☮

All those teachers who claim they were teaching children to write were wrong, they were doing something quite different. This video explains everything. In this short motivational art video I explain that everyone in the world can draw, providing they can write. I’ll show how our brains are programmed to read shapes and these simple shapes occur in our writing and in our drawing. I’ll show that teachers were not teaching you to write but to draw. What I’m aiming to do here is to motivate people and show that if you can write you can draw and just how ridiculous the statement, ‘I can’t draw really is’.

VISUAL ART – COMPOSITION: “How to Compose a Picture Simply” / Paul Priestley ☮

Do you want to know how to use ‘Thirds’ to compose your picture, drawing or painting? This art tutorial shows you how to divide your paper or canvas into ‘thirds’ and how to create a focus of interest in your work. I also explain how the artist can guide the eye of the viewer towards the centre of interest, the focus of the painting or drawing. I also explain how by choosing different thirds as the center of interest the composition of the drawing can change. I focus on landscape and portraiture. As regards portraits I show you how you can make a person look more or less important or dominant simply by changing the composition, or how we compose the art work.