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Studio: international art — 36.1906

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Ceramic Work of the Bur stem Art Schoot

UNDERGLAZE PAINTED PLAQUE

BY WILLIAM GRACE

HE CERAMIC WORK OF THE
BURSLEM ART SCHOOL. BY
E. N. SCOTT.

In a previous article the writer explained the
manner in which the educational authorities at
Burslem had co-ordinated and correlated the
various grades of art education given
in the town, and had succeeded in
unifying the instruction given in the
elementary schools, in the evening
continuation classes, and in the art
school. That system is gradually being
improved. The elementary schools are
being made more and more preparatory
to the higher branches of instruction,
the importance of nature study is being
emphasised, and the most approved
methods of instruction are being
adopted. The object of this article,
however, is to deal solely with the
work of the Burslem School of Art;
but in so doing one must again acknow-
ledge the advantage that it gains by a
system which avoids misdirected and
duplicated instruction, and which pre-
pares the student of one school for the
education he will receive in the next.

The school, under the direction of
Mr. Stanley Thorogood, A.R.C.A., as
headmaster, and Mr. T. J. Jones,

A.R.C-A., as second master, has adopted
a curriculum which has for its chief aim
the training of craftsmen on the soundest
artistic principles, and the consequent
improvement of the ceramic industry of
the district. It is therefore gratifying to
learn that, largely through the generosity
of a late townsman, its scope and opera-
tions will shortly be extended and im-
proved, a new, commodious, and well-
equipped school being now in course of
erection. An important section of the
work of the Burslem School, however,
has for its object the provision of a sound
general art education, instruction being
given in the various grades of drawing,
painting, modelling, and designing, and
a particularly strong feature of the work
being the life drawing. It will be gene-
rally acknowledged that good draughts-
manship is the foundation of all successful
art work, and life drawing being the
highest form, this work is continually en-
couraged and with marked success, as is demon-
strated by the results in the Board of Education
examinations and in the National Competition.

It is, however, the technical side of the school
work—the designing and executing of ceramics—
which here chiefly claims attention, for the import-
ance of such work can hardly be over-estimated.

SGRAFFITO PLAQUE

BY H. NIXON

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