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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 151

1 Free-Hand Drawing.
engineering, and it seems strange that with the otherwise ex-
cellent opportunities for getting a thorough engineering edu-
cation this field should have been neglected during all these
  The need for free-hand drawing for an engineering student
is, it seems to the writer, only apparently greater than for a
great many others. Take for instance the phy ician. In his pre-
liminary studies in biology and anatomy he ought to have
great facility for putting on paper what he sees through the
microscope or simply through his own eyes. And if in his pro-
fessional career later on he goes into surge ry at all, he cer-
tainly has as much need of this ability to show what is to be
done, and how it is to be done. And coming to the lawyer, it
seems to the writer that no argument is nee ed to show that
every lawyer would be greatly benefited both in the prepara-
tion of his cases and in the presentation of the same to judge
or jury if, during his college course, he had ta en a good course
in free-hand drawing. That this is a want felt by many lawyers
admits of no doubt, and the least that can be expected is that
the University should give an opportunity to those students
who are far-seeing enough to acquire this proficiency during
that only period of life when such things cap be learned; in
youth, when both hands and eyes are flexible.
  A great many of. our graduates choose journalism as their
profession, and there is no doubt that college graduates will in
the future more and more occupy the responsible positions in
this profession. But modern journalism requires as one of the
prerequisites in many of its branches the   ibility to make
sketches from life, and it will soon come to pass that without
this attainment nobody can enter the reportorial service of a
daily paper. In this profession it seems therefore also neces-
sary that the University should offer an opport unity to students
to learn to represent objects on paper as they see them.
  The one profession which probably absorbsl the greatest per-
centage of the graduates of the University is that of teaching,
and there cannot be a doubt that a teacher who is unable to
illustrate on the blackboard by free-hand sketches the points
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