Two classes a week in Art Appreciation were given for about twenty pupils. The courses given were, "The Golden Age of Italian Art," ranging from Botticelli to Michael Angelo. "Venetian Art," "The Art of Albrecht Durer," and an Introduction to Modern Art. The classes were small but showed a keen interest throughout the Year. The classes were held in Room 12, and it was generally open to all students of the College. The pictures discussed in the Appreciation Class were always left in place several days for all to see. An exhibition of Gothic Art was arranged for the students of the Interior Decoration Class, but was well attended by other students in the College. A small exhibition of photographs of Greek Sculpture was arranged for students in the history class. We hope to do more next year in arranging exhibitions to illustrate work done in other classes.
Two public exhibitions were held. Before Christmas a collection of Nativity pictures of many lands were arranged. This was most timely and was well attended. The College recently purchased a set of thirty-two fine American prints. They are in colour and are of newspaper size. These were arranged to make an exhibition that was universal in its appeal. About four hundred people attended.
The Loan Collection was very successful this year. Ten new pictures were framed and added to the set. The whole collection of thirty-five pictures was then put on exhibition. At the close of the exhibition almost all the pictures were borrowed immediately, and the pictures have been in circulation all year.
Slides of Greek Sculpture and Italian Art were also purchased for this Department.
Room 12 was repainted and the blackboards covered, to make an attractive little exhibition room. It is too small for a large exhibtion, but has been as satisfactory a substitute for the Monitor Room as could be expected.
The student-teachers this year seemed to be an outstanding group. In Art Class they were keen, energetic and helpful and seemed to experience real enjoys and satisfaction from their work.
It is this Art Teacher's belief that everyone can "do" Art, some better than others, of course. The students were not in agreement with this the first day, but before the first term was over were in enthusiastic agreement.
The aim of the class is to promote creative expression through Art and to learn by doing. Projects in the following subjects were carried out by the students, then methods of teaching these subjects to various age-groups discussed:
The work of the Art Class was apparent at times, outside the T. T. Department. The decorating of the Assembly Hall for the Christmas Banquet was done by the teachers-in-training and much admired by the rest of the College. They also presented a Puppet Show for the students and friends of the College and gave a special matinee performance for school children. The proceeds were given to H.M.S. "Newfoundland" Fund. The Art Class was also able to serve the public by making posters for the Canadian Legion Educational Services. The back drop for the College play was also done in the Art Department by Miss G. Winter.
The Saturday Morning Art Class for city children is proving to be an interesting and profitable experiment. It is a training-ground for the Teachers-in-Training, and gives them an opportunity of observing Child Art, and how it is produced. We started with an enrolment of fifteen, but each Saturday were besieged with eager applicants and had difficulty in keeping the class small enough to keep from crowding the room. We plan to continue this class next year.
Household Science and Interior Decoration. The class of eight studied an excellent text book, The Elements of Interior Decoration, by Whiton. It covered various topics, history of decoration, period furniture, modern decorative arts, furniture arrangement, colour schemes, lighting and other subjects pertaining to the furnishing and decorating of a house. It is to be regretted that there are no facilities in the College for practical application.
Evening Class. A social Art Class for town folk was conducted through the night school. The class met in the Art Room. Fifteen members were enrolled. Figure drawing from models was carried out in pencil charcoal and pastel. Elementary perspective as applied to still life drawing was taught. The chief interest of the group was in modelling with the Newfoundland clay. Many interesting pieces were completed. Some of these were accepted and placed in the Exhibition of Newfoundland Art, held at Queen's College. It is to be hoped that this clay will soon be utilized to start a Newfoundland industry, as experiment has shown it to be very suitable for pottery.
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