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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


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Wisconsin Alumni Magazine.
he is trying to explain to his class is seriously hampered as
compared with one who has this ability. A great many pupils
are constituted in such a way that only a tangible illustration,
like the picture on the blackboard, will open their minds to
the appreciation of a truth, and to the writer it would not be a
surprise, if in the near future it would be required of all new
teachers that they be capable of making simple free-hand
sketches. It might be mentioned at this place that the Uni-
versity is behind the normal schools of the state in this direc-
tion, as they all provide instruction in free-hand drawing, some
of them of very superior quality.
  Instruction in drawing has been shamefully neglected in the
schools of the state, and of necessity it will take some time to
remedy this state of affairs, as competent teachers of drawing
are wanting. In the common schools of the state there can of
course never be any special teacher of drawing, and it is there-
fore very important to educate teachers for the common
schools who are fairly competent to teach this branch. These
teachers will necessarily come from the high schools or from
the normal schools, and as the University is providing a large
number, and should provide a still larger number, of the teach-
ers of the high schools, it becomes a matter of great importance
that the University should provide such instruction that the
coming high school teachers should be capable of educating
their pupils in such a manner that the instruction in drawing in
the common schools should not be more or less of a farce, as
the case is at present. In the larger cities the instruction in
drawing in the high school is given by a specialist, and the
University ought to offer the necessary opportunity for the edu-
cation of such teachers; but in most places the ordinary teacher
must give the instruction, if it be given at all, and it therefore
seems necessary also for this reason that our University should
provide the needed instruction in drawing.
  To all those students who frequent the University and do not
select a profession proper, but instead take up some other
practical business for their life's work, it seems evident that
free-hand drawing should be as much a necessity as any one
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