Monday, June 30, 2008

How Harry Cook Learned to Draw

This is another revision. This time of a student free-hand drawing journal from 1897. I added the source material from Chapman's American Drawing book after I found a copy and discovered that Harry Cook's drawings were all copies of engravings in the book. 

There is also an introduction with some notes on the value placed on free-hand drawing at the turn of the last century. It was evidently a prerequisite for studying the sciences and engineering.  

Teachers considered learning drawing like learning another language that was used to develop the thought process. It would be great to revive that idea.

Here are some examples from the student drawings and from the engravings that he copied.

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