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The Wisconsin alumni magazine
Volume 1, Number 4 (Jan. 1900)

Bull, Storm
Instruction in free-hand drawing at the University,   pp. 148-153


Page 149


Free-Hand Drawing.
writer's opinion very detrimental to the best interests of the
institution.
  It does not need arguing that the ability to draw, or at least
to appreciate good drawing, is as essential in a well rounded
education as the corresponding capacity in a musical direc-
tion. The artistic or esthetic side of human nature has till now
been sadly neglected at this University, in so far hts the only
direction in which opportunity has been offered for the culti-
vation ,of the appreciation of the beautiful is in music, in which,
especially in the last few years, very effective work has been
done.
  Presumably it is the intention of the Board -of Regents to es-
tablish a course in architecture as soon as an opportunity is
offered, and when that is done instruction in free-hand draw-
ing, in moulding and painting must of necessity be offered,
and the want of which this article treats woul be filled. But
meanwhile something ought to be done, so that all the young
men and women who annually come to the University should
have a chance to get inspiration from the beautiful in both
form and color. The want in this direction is o much greater
here at Madison, as there is no collection of good paintings or
of sculpture, the frequent visit to which would be an education
in itself. And even in architecture there are but very few
buildings in Madison which can be set up as examples to be
admired and from which inspiration in after life might be
gathered.
  Another reason makes it still more imperative that the want
should be speedily filled, and that is, that the students coming
to this University to a large extent come either from a farm or
from small villages and cities where the oppor unity for seeing
anything beautiful, either in painting, sculpture or architecture,
is still more limited than in Madison, in most cases -entirely
wanting. Add to this that the schools from whiich these young
men and women come do not even pretend to offer any facili-
ties for instruction in drawing, and it nec~essarily follows
that under the present circumstances they will be entirely lack-
ing in one of the essential elements of a liberal education when
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