Hide Articles List

10 articles on this Page







[No title]



CARMARTHEN SCHOOL OF ART DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES. The annual distribution of prizes in connection with the Carmarthen School of Art was held on the 3rd inst. The chair was ooc.upied by the mayor (Mr. J. B. Arthur). The Mayor said that he was there as a layman, but he desired to ahow his appreciation of the work done by the school. He remembered being the reci- pient of a few prizes in the old School of Art in Station-road. Though his own artistic talents < l-l not develope beyond that very early stage he re- membered having as companions Mr. James and Mr. Bush, headmasters of the Newport and Cardiff Art Schools. The Headmaster (Mr. W. Jones) in his annual report stated:—' The total number of students at- tending the school during the session was 104. The number of students attending the school were: Day only 30, day and evening 8, and evening only ?0. Ineligible students for the Government grant (stu dents from elementary and secondary schools) attend- ing the day classes oniy 12, evening 24. Of the above I total 18 were from the county area, and the number engaged iii trade craft work 16, teachers 9. ol arcmtects an.<1 surveyors t. Of the works submitted for examination for the Art Class Teacher's Certificate the following hve I works were accepted by the Board of Education: —Shaded drawing from a cast of fruit and studies of plant form by Alice M. Brockie; drawing of a group of models by Grace C. Evans; and a drawing from a group of models and studies of plant form by E. Mary Morris. The following are the results of the examinations in May: Freehand 7, second class; model drawing, 5 second class; drawing in light and shade, 1 second class; geometrical drawing, 1 first class and 2 second class; perspective, 4 second class; design, Stage L. 2 second class. His Majesty's Inspector in his genera' r..m«uKs and summary in the report of his triennial inspec- tion in June, states that the school is doing feood work and considerable progress is shown in some sec- tions of tudy." E. O. J ones, our late pupil teacher and assistant, has been appointed art teacher to Sir Thomas Rich's School, Gloucester. A carved and gilded frame .by E. Muriel Thomas, a former pupil teacher of the school and now a pupil of the London Technical School, has been chosen by the Education Department of the London County Council a.* one of the exhibits for the exhibition of art? and crafts at Ghent. Tile trustees of the British Museum have again generously presented to the school another portfolio of reproductions of prints in the British Museum. Sir Stafford Howard, who was well received, at the outset paid a tribute to the beauty of the country surrounding Carmarthen. He had had a conversa- tion with a coracle fisherman, who endeavoured to get him into a coracle. However, he had had a previous experience, and once bitten twice ehv (laughterl. Proceeding, Sir Stafford said that he hoped amongst those who were to receive prizes there were some at any rate who might go much further, and make names for themselves honourable and distinguished in the world of art and science, and shed lustre upon the school where they received their earlv training. They could not all excel! and be in the front rank, but they could all do their best and take a pride in doing their best, remembering that the only real failure was the failure to try. Whether thev excelled or not in that which they attempted, provided they did it intelligently and with a real interest it must have not only a real influence for good. a useful educational stimulus, but it pro vided a thoroughly wholesome form of recreation. Young persons who did not know how to occupy their spare time intelligently ran very great risks cf sinking down rather than climbing up in life. He was reading the other day an address on The Empty Mind, in which it was pointed out the parable of the house, swept and furnished but un- occupied. open to the invasion of the spirit of evil is. the parable of the empty mind, and has a special application to youth. Picture to yourselves a youth, well brought up perhaps with many advantages, not evilly disposed, but whose heart is so to speak, with- out any inmate at all. He has no high aims; he is, except for work he muat do, idle and indifferent. He does not read, he knows nothing of the world of arts or music, he goes on his dead level of necessary work without a moment's sense of the great in- terests and activities around him Such a youth might well be described as a house which is swept and garnished, but was empty. They might sometimes come aoross a house which was almost painful in its propriety and cleanliness; a house which had no books, music, no pictures or any sign of taste or art or refinement, where all such things appear to be despised or un- known. Suoh a house was depressing and unattract- ive. On the other hand they might often come aoross houses quite humble and simple where they found evidence of the presence of a living soul. The author of the address he had been quoting from 6ays: I was a guest once at a poor house in quite a poor street with the most dismal of outlooks. There were 66 houses all in a row all exactly alike; but this house, how different! There were books everywhere. all good. Books in the passages, books in the cup- boards, books in every room. One forgot that the house was small and the outlook dismal because one was conscious that it was a true temple of the mind." It was more than that, for the man who lived there worked all day at an arduous business, gave up his evenings to help and instruct the poor. The point the parable is this: The devil does not knock at the door of the busy man, but of the idle man. It is the empty mind he claims and he enters in and dwells there. It had been said that almost all the sins of youth might be traced to the empty mind. There was little fear for the youth who took up some original study, or some scientific hobby or the pursuit of art as soon as the day's business was over but when they saw a youth who had no special aims of his own, who did not read, nor care for art or music or any of the great subjects which interested the best men and women, for such a youth there must be fear as to his future. Be sure that the best way to prevent the mind becoming a prey to bad thoughts, suggestions and imagination^ was to fill it with the oontrary things and those who were learning, however simply and however humbly, the great lessons of science and art were not only pro- viding for themselves an abiding interest which would enrioh their lives at every stage but were taking the surest way to defend themselves from all that was debasing and degrading. A master of a school was once troubled because his boys wasted all their leisure time reading trashy novels. He made a bargain with them. For a month he read to them after school hours the best works of Scott and Dickens, and at the end of the month he gave them fllftir rohn;o. +, err. h.1- -L 1 1 iu wit* Lroauy novels ana give up Scott, or to burn the trashy novels and take to Soott. With one accord the boys decided to make a bonfire of their trashy novels. Why? Because although they had at one time been fascinated by the low class exciting stories of the novels, a higher fascination had possessed them and they had no wish to go back to the lower standard again. And 80 it was that he was there that evening to show lis sympathy with those wo were striving to instil into the minds of the young and with those young people who were striving to imbibe an interest in all the wonders and beauties that an educated mind discovers in the realms of science anu art. The prizes and certificates were then distributed by Sir Stafford Howard as follows:— Results of the Examinations in Art of the Board of Education, May, 1912. Freehand drawing in class, Edith Muriel Morris, Evelyn J. Morris, Henry Goronwy Evans, Thomas Owen, William Lloyd Jones, Jiivelyn Anthony, Cyril 6prake Jones. Model drawing Second clasa, Edith Muriel Morris, William Lloyd Jones, Dd. John Thomas, James A. Davies, Frederick G. Adams. Drawing in light and shade-Second class, Alice M. Brockie.. Geometrical drawing-First class, Edith Mary Morris; second class, Alice M. Brockie. Perspective: Second olass, Alice M. Brockie; Charles Thomas, Edith Mary Morris, Tom Davies. Memory drawing of plant forru-,Second class, B. Irene M. White, Alice M. Brockie. Design, Stage 1. Second olass, Alioe M. Brockie, arM raith M. Morris. LOCAL AWARDS. Portrait studies from life in pencil-Tom Davies. Still life in water colour—1, Jennie Rogers; 2, Evolyn Morris. Painting flowers from nature: Jennie Rogers. Painting landscape (from a copy)—Marjorie Port- Hell, Inez Cocks. Painting from the antique—T. Elwyn Jones. Drawing from the antique—T. Elwyn Jones. Painting from the cast (sepia)—Jennie Rogers. Shading from the cast—Evelyn Morris; ooinmen ded, T. E. Jones. Architectural design—T. Owen. Architectural drawing—T. Jenkins. Elementary design—James M. Davies. Machine drawing—1, W. F. Lloyd; H. P. Wilkins, C. M. Davies. Neodlework—Lili Collins Davies. Woodcarving Jennie Rogers. 9 Modelling in clay-Daniel J. Thomas, Preparatory Class. Object, drawing—Eric Lewis. Brushwood ifrank J. Evans. Lettering-Eric Lewis. Memory drawing—Dd. Protheroe Jones. Foliage drawing-Eric Lewis. Rev. A. Fuller Mills in proposing a vote of thanks to -Sir Stafford Howard said that they could not help remembering that Lady Howard s father, Sir Arthur Stepney, had contributed largely to the enrichment of the town by the large contributions of books he had made to the Literary and Scientific Institute, and also by the support which he gave to that insti. tution. and to the School of Art. Mr. E. V. Collier, in seconding, referred to their pleisure in finding that the interest which Sir Stafford and Ladv Stafford took in the town was continued. Sir Stafford in response said that Lady Howard's interests were not confined to Llanelly; they spread over the county and naturally she took a great in- terest in the county town. A vote of thanks passed to the Mayor, on the motion of Mr. Henry Howell, seconded by Mr. D. Maurice Jones, concluded the meeting.