International Journal of Art & Design Education

Looking, Drawing and Learning with John Ruskin at the Working Men's College

Volume 7.1   1988



This paper considers John Ruskin's practical teaching within the framework of the aims of the Working Men's College, as evidenced in the recollections of his pupils and his own statements in letters, books and lectures during the period of his active involvement from 1854. What emerges is that he adopted a highly original approach for the period, which are pertinent to art education issues in the late 1980's. Haslam comments on how Ruskin's work parallels the theoretical thinking of contemporary art educators including Thistlewood and Eisner.