This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
At the annual prize-giving on December I, Mr. G. Baker, J.P., chairman of the committee, made an interesting statement as to the work and progress of the Institute. He mentioned that during the second session (September, 1903, to July, 1004) a total of 40s students had attended - an increase of 25 per cent, on the lust year. Besides the prizes gained at the Institute's examination there were certificates awarded by the L.C.C., the Board of Education, the Society of Arts, and the London Chamber of Commerce. The work of the Art and Crafts Department not being well adapted to examination, awards had been made on the work of the session and progress made. Mr. Baker went on to say that while the requirements of the district were carefully considered, the governors looked to a wider field for students in more special work, such as the study of metals from a scientific and artistic standpoint. A good proportion of the students were engaged 111 technical or artistic work. Useful additions had been made to the equipment, and the teaching staff had been strengthened. During July last a representative collection of work by students was shown at the exhibition held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, when there were 277 pieces of work representing sixty individual students.
Sir William White, K.C.B., in an admirable address, alluded to his recent visit to similar schools in America. He believed that in many ways they were superior, but in the provision of evening instruction he considered this country stood supreme.
The awards in the Arts and Crafts Department were as follows: - Design. - V. Ramsay, E. Guggenheim, F. How. Drawing. - H. Clarke, E. Lee, A. Taylor, A. Lapidus. Enamelling. - H. Cue, R. Drummond. Jewellery. - R. Drum-M, Millman, V. Ramsay, B. Wright. Metal Work. - R. B. James, E. Guggenheim, H. Hope, F. How. Modelling. - V. Ramsay. A County Council Scholarship, value £10 a-year, with free tuition for three years, was awarded to M. Millman, a student of the Jewellery class. The work of the various classes was displayed in the studios and workshops. For the arrangement and equipment of the latter we must express our admiration. One especially good feature in connection with the metal workshop is that all the tools are neatly arranged in the recesses of the walls, each implement showing its form clearly, with a neat label under it. The idea is excellent, for no student need spend an idle moment in this room; when not otherwise employed he can profitably study the name and use of every tool likely to be needed in his craft. Mr. Rathbone, the head of the Arts and Crafts Department, who takes the metal work under his special direction, is to be congratulated on its efficiency. Altogether the equipment of this school is equal to the best, and the teaching of Mr. Rathbone and his able assistants leaves nothing to be desired.
The! Northampton Institute.
The annual prize distribution at the Northampton Institute, Clerkenwell, took place on December 9. The prizes were distributed by Lord Reay, and a large number of visitors were present. During the evening, work was in progress as on ordinary nights, in all the laboratories and workshops. It would, however, be quite impossible, in the space at our disposal, even to suggest all that was to be seen. The craft workshops are splendidly equipped, and tine specimens of the students' work were shown. Mr. John Williams, general head of the department, presides specially over the drawing, design, and modelling classes, assisted by Mr. N. Van der Lyn and others. Classes are also held in bookbinding (Mr. Sangorski), plaster work, engraving, and enamelling (Mr. R. Osmond), chasing and embossing (Mr. A. Ostertag), wood, stone, and marble carving, embroidery, decorative metal work, ornamental iron work, goldsmiths' and jewellers' work (Mr. H. Stapleton), decorating, lettering (Mr. A. J. Ireland), and silversmiths' work (Mr. Alfred J. How). The Northampton is one of the most complete and admirably managed technical institutes in the kingdom, and we hope to find an early opportunity to say more about it.
St. John's Wood Art School.
In distributing the prizes at this well-known and excellent school, on December 12, Mr. Luke Fildes, R.A., in a capital little address to the students, impressed upon them the great importance of learning to draw from memory as the best means of observation. Associated with him as judges were Mr. J. W. Waterhouse, R.A, and Mr. David Murray, A.R.A. Mr. \V. Q. Orchardson, R.A., who presents the much-coveted medal, was absent owing to ill-health. The medal was given to Norah Straube for her excellent representation of the figure in colour, which, however, was nearly equalled by that of Clara Waters. Eric Hayward Ward and Inez Christie respectively took the six and three months' scholarships with chalk drawings. The work of Miss L. Sueur was highly commended. The "Graphic" prize went to Miss Waters. In the colour design competition F. P. Walker was easily ahead. The weekly sketch prize went to Amy Johanna Fry, and that for summer work to Amy Squire. Among many others showing excellent work were: - Lily Isaacs, Miss Johnson Jones, Mabel Layng, Mr. Rainey, Miss Newth, Mr. Oswald Moser, Miss Kay, Lily Wright, and Miss Hadenfeldt. A pleasant surprise were the excellent colour studies from nature by Mr. Henry J. Wood, the famous conductor, who, it is evident, might have excelled in the graphic arts had not the Fates decreed his pre-eminence in music.
A Sketching Expedition to Spain.
It is possible that Spain still has terrors for some people who associate brigands, rancid oil, garlic, and bad hotels with that beautiful land. However, public safety probably is on as high a level in Spain as in any country on the Continent, and there is no little comfort for the tourist who is properly directed. Mr. Moulton Foweraker, R.B.A., who knows the country well, has decided to make a second sketching expedition there, and is now busy making up his party. He will have classes for those who wish to study landscape in either oil or water colour, whether beginners or more advanced students. During January and February they will be held in Malaga: March will be spent at Cordoba, and April at Granada. As several ladies have enrolled themselves as members of the party, Mrs. Moulton Foweraker will accompany them. Early application should be made by those who wish for further particulars to The Headland, Charbis Bay, Lelant, Cornwall.
Other Sketching Tours.
8 AN attractively planned Italian sketching tour for students is announced by Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Robinson, which is to include the most picturesque spots in the Riviera, and afterwards Florence, Venice, and Verona, where famous buildings and picture galleries will be visited. The climate is mild from January until March at San Remo, Rapallo, Nervi, and other of the quaint little towns that form part of the route, and painting out of doors is quite enjoyable. The advantages of working under an exhibiting master of Mr. Robinson's knowledge and experience, no doubt, would be appreciated by such of our student readers as can avail themselves of this opportunity. We understand that the class is not to be confined to advanced pupils; indeed, that beginners are to receive particular attention. The trip will last sixty days, and the start will be from London on January 13. Further particulars may be had by writing to Mr. Robinson at his School of Art, 10, Rue de la Main d'Or, Bruges. A four weeks' tour in the spring is also being arranged, and still another - in Holland, we believe - for the autumn.
A Successful Artist Teacher.
It is seldom that an art teacher finds time for such a large and profitable output of his own work as Mr. Frank Spenlove-Spenlove, R.B.A., R.C.A., founder and director of the deservedly successful school of painting at Beckenham, S.E., that bears his name. Proverbially, what less fortunate artists call "lucky," during the past few weeks he has beaten his own record. In the Autumn Salon, at Paris, he was awarded a position of honour with Mr. Lavery, and sold his picture on the opening day. For the second time, the City of Manchester has shown its appreciation of his work by buying one of his pictures for the Corporation Permanent Collection, its choice this time being "In the Shadow of the Church," a beautiful and pathetic painting, shown last summer at the New Gallery. We further note that his poetic " Whispering Daylight," at the Royal Society of British Artists, has been bought at a handsome price by Mr. Read, a Glasgow art collector. "Yellow" is applied to a certain kind of journalism as a term of reproach; but "The Yellow Door," which is what Mr. Spenlove-Spenlove calls his studio, seems to open to fame and fortune.