This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
T.C. (Carlisle) is a young art student who wishes "to become a painter of both landscape and figure." He asks us "if it is wise to follow Ruskin's course, and if any prominent men have gone through it with good results." - To this we reply that, while it is well to read Ruskin for aesthetic pleasure, we regard him as an unsafe guide to the student in matters of technique. Our correspondent says that he " has attended evening school of art." Let him continue to do so, devoting his time there chiefly to drawing and painting from the living model. This is the more important, as he tells us that during the day he is employed as " a lithographic artist," which would necessarily cramp his style of drawing, he must emancipate himself from a niggling style (which Ruskin's teaching would tend to exaggerate), and learn to see Nature broadly, and, in his transcripts of Nature, express himself broadly. As to T.C.'s inquiry "if any prominent men have gone through Ruskin's course with good results," we can only say that, while that great master of English no doubt inspired thousands of his readers to study and appreciate nature and art, we do not think that his teaching - at least, uncorrected in practice by personal observation and experience - could have made anyone an artist.