University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Page View

Gustav Stickley (ed.) / The craftsman
Vol. XIV, Number 4 (July 1908)

Smith, Pamela Colman
Should the art student think?,   pp. 417-419 PDF (1.0 MB)


Page 418


SHOULD THE ART STUDENT THINK?
jewels. Watch how the cloak swings when the person walks, how
the hands are used. See if you can judge if the clothes are correct, or
if they are worn correctly; for they are often ruined by the way they
are put on. An actor should be able to show the period and manner
of the time in the way he puts on his clothes, as well as the way he
uses his hands, head, legs.
T    HIS may be beside the mark, think you! "Of what use is the
      s'age to me? I am to be an illustrator of books! The stage
      is false, exaggerated, unreal," you say. So are a great many
pictures in books, and the books, too, for that matter. The stage
has taught me almost all I know of clothes, of action and of pictorial
gestures.
  * Learn from everything, see everything, and above all feel every-
thing! And make other people when they look at your drawing feel
it too!
   Make your training at your art school your a b c. You must learn
to hold a brush, to mix paint, to draw in perspective, and study
anatomy.
  I Keep an open mind to all things. Hear all the music you can,
ood music, for sound and form are more closely connected than we
Cnow.
. Think good thoughts of beautiful things, colors, sounds, places,
not mean thoughts. When you see a lot of dirty people in a crowd,
do not remember only the dirt, but the great spirit that is in them
all, and the power that they represent.
   For through ugliness is beauty sometimes found. Lately I have
seen a play, ugly, passionate, realistic, brutal. All through that play
I felt that ugly things may be true to nature, but surely it is through
evil, that we realize good. The far-off scent of morning air, the blue
mountains, the sunshine, the flowers, of a country I once lived in,
seemed to rise before me-and there on the stage was a woman sitting
on a chair, her body stiff, her eyes rolling, a wonderfully realistic
picture of a fit.
. I believe that in the so-called "composition class" the future
of many a student lies. (Professor Arthur Dow, of Columbia Univer-
sity, has proved this, and through his influence I believe a good many
schools have begun to teach composition first.)
    But let the student begin young, and with all the necessary aids
for -the broadening of his mind. Composition first, and all the other
rules and rudiments, in order as they come. As much literature,
41$


Go up to Top of Page