The 40's
REPORT OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ART
1944-1945

The President,
Memorial University College.

Sir:
Regular classes were held with the Teachers-in-Training in which they were given a knowledge of the elem-applications in actual classroom work. In order that these teachers might understand the child's approach to art they were given opportunities of assisting in the morning children's classes.

One of the projects of the Teacher-Training group was to make puppets. The outcome of this was to give a public performance and a Puppet Show was arranged in April. Children from the various city orphanages were invited and proved to be most enthusiastic and delighted onlookers.

This year a class pin, in blue and silver, was designed and will become a permanent badge of the Teachers-in Training. The Instructor in Art also had a part in teaching the Household Science students in their first year. Regular classes in Costume and Interior Decoration were held.

From October to the middle of May evening classes, were held for an adult group. Fifteen were registered for this class and several others, among them some service men, took the opportunity of attending when possible. Sketching from life, designing, craftwork and instruction in the use of water-colours and oil-paints became a part of the work of this class.

On Saturday mornings throughout the year art classes were held for children from various schools such as Parade Street, Model School, St. Patrick's Hall and Presentation Convent. These classes serve a dual purpose: to give teachers in training a chance to work with children as has already been stated, and to provide an opportunity for developing talents in children who are keenly interested in doing creative and expressive art work of their own. For example, one of the group projects carried out was a study of Holland. After seeing pictures on a screen and hearing talks about the country and its people, the children constructed a Dutch farm scene with farm buildings, windmill, canals, tulips and dolls in costume. Earlier in the year our interest had been centered on the South Pacific Islands, but nevertheless no opportunity is missed for having the children express what they know and see and experience in their own country and local surroundings.

Through the generosity and interest of Mr. J. R. Ewing, who wishes to further the work of these classes, paint boxes are being given to each of those boys and girls who attend regularly and who seemed to show the keenest interest, so that through this encouragement they may continue their work at home.

The loan collection of framed pictures and the Carnegie Set were made use of by the Instructor in Art in furthering art appreciation among the students. Three times a month exhibitions were arranged and left on view for ten days. With written information about the pictures these exhibitions provided a course which was a follow-up of that given last year. This year the field of painting and sculpture was covered in the following countries: Germany, France, Spain and England.

At Christmas and Easter special exhibitions were arranged with the idea of showing the approach of different artists to these religious themes and of arousing the spirit of such occasions through the medium of appropriate pictures. Many students followed these exhibitions from week to week and thereby developed a wider understanding and appreciation of the masterpieces in art that have been our heritage from other countries in the past and present.

The Instructor in Art at Memorial University College hopes that the work of this department will in some small way go towards helping to build up for the country an already developing culture of its own.

Respectfully submitted,
DOROTHY WILSON
Instructor in Art


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