In 1871, Ruskin set up the Guild to assist the liberal education of artisans. The Guild initiated the Campaign to celebrate Ruskin's centenary and to promote his belief that drawing is a key to understanding and knowledge.

The Campaign for Drawing was launched in 2000 by the Guild of St George, a small charity founded by John Ruskin, whose writings on art, architecture, natural history, social and economic issues helped to shape Victorian cultural life.

The Campaign for Drawing is now an independent charity. It works to raise the profile of drawing and promotes it as a tool for thought, creativity, social and cultural engagement.