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From: KPRS2 (kprs2_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Aug 15 2006 - 12:26:35 PDT


From Teacher's Manual Part II for the Prang Elementary Course in Art
Instruction Books III and IV. copyright 1898
Pg. 25

"Copying Good Examples.- The work in Representation should not be confined
to drawing from models and objects only; there should be good and careful
study through copying good examples. The copying should not be superficial
and imitative, but should be rather an endeavor to enter into and represent
the feeling of the one who drew the example. True copying is endeavoring to
see and to draw what the eyes of another and a greater has seen and
represented; drawing from models and objects is seeing through one's own
eyes. To the advantage of personal experience in any study there should
always be added the advantage of the richness of others' experience. The
work in Representation should be presented by the teacher in this spirit,
developing in the pupils, not merely reliance in their own ability to see
and to draw, but also an appreciation and admiration for what has been done
by others, with a desire to attain earnest study to real art expression.
 Remember that a drawing may be absolutely correct as far as giving the
principles governing the appearance of an object or group or scene is
concerned, and yet wholly without what is known as expression. Lead your
students through the study and sympathetic drawing of good examples, through
a store of associations in literature and in life, through a spirit of
recognition and appreciation, to a conscious feeling for the beautiful, and
a desire for its expression in drawing."

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