A group of students of the embroidery and art needlework class of the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts. The walls of the class-room are hung with fine specimens of both antique and modern needlework advanced students work from the model. Classes for the study of book illustration, under Mr. Noel Rooke, work on two days a week from 10 to 1 and 2.30 to 5, and on three evenings a week from 7 to 9.30.
Advanced students work from the draped living model. Students at the day classes can also receive assistance in colour work, should they so desire, and outdoor work is a special feature during the summer and autumn months.
A class for women illustrators for studying from the nude is held by Miss Margaret Jameson on two mornings a week, with a view to meeting the needs of the book illustration class.
Classes for the study of lithography are held by Mr. Ernest Jackson on two evenings a week, and although primarily intended for lithographic draughtsmen and designers, are also open to artists.
The school provides the stones, and the student may take a reasonable number of copies of her work.
The etching and mezzotint class is held by Mr. L. Taylor, R.e., on two nights and one afternoon a week, and here students are initiated into the intricacies of etching, aquatint, line engraving, mezzotint, relief engraving, steel facing, and plate printing.
Specially interesting are the classes for stained glass work, which are held on three nights a week. Students study not only the general composition and setting out of windows, the principles of cutting and use of the lead-line in plain glazing, ornament, and figure work, the elementary principles of ornament as applicable to glass, and the development of ornament, but also such practical branches as the various treatments of the glass in painting, the tracing and painting of stained glass from cartoons, sketching to scale in glass, and the entire process of cutting and leading, in so far as they influence design, as well as the guiding principles employed in the use of colour.
Classes are also to be formed for mosaic work and decorative printing, and demonstrations given in the art of painting in tempera.
Classes in dressmaking and costume designing are held on one evening a week, to meet the needs of those engaged as designers, who wish to specialise in high-class costume work. Embroidery classes meet on two evenings and two afternoons a week, the lessons comprising embroidery, applique work, open work, and so on, besides the tracing and transferring of designs and the practical application of the various kinds of stitches to hand work and frame work.
The walls of this class-room are hung with examples of many different kinds of beautiful needlework, both modern and antique, and include some fine pieces of Oriental embroidery invaluable for purposes of reference.
A class meets on two afternoons a week for fashion-plate drawing, illustration, and catalogue work. The students draw from the actual garments to be illustrated, which are placed upon stands and arranged as models in the middle of the room, so as to ensure an intelligent rendering of materials and detail. The aim of the class is to produce artistic and competent fashion artists.
A class for carving and gilding meets on three evenings and three afternoons a week, at which students study the carving and gilding of picture-frames, etc., and receive assistance in working out their own designs.
Numerous examples of fine carving adorn the studio walls, including one or two beautiful pieces attributed to Grinling Gibbons. A class for figure and ornamental carving is also carried on twice a week.
Classes for painting on china include the partial study of the processes of painting in underglaze, hardening, glazing and firing, painting in overglaze or enamel, or colours -for the production of tiles and majolica ware-and are held on two evenings a week. A day class is to be formed, if enough students desire it. These classes are intended for designers who wish to get in touch with the craft in order to turn their designs to practical account, and some china, entirely designed and painted by students, formed a very interesting part of the exhibition of artistic handicraft at the show of students' work held in the galleries of the school last autumn.
Students at the Central School of Arts and Crafts can compete for the scholarships which are offered yearly by the Board of Education, the Whitworth Scholarships and Exhibitions, Royal Exhibitions, National and Local Scholarships, and Free Studentships, tenable for the most part at the Royal College of Science or the Royal College of Art. The London County Council also awards a certain number of scholarships and exhibitions.
The Royal School of Art for Females, which is under the patronage of Queen Alexandra, offers two special scholarships, the Queen's Scholarship, of the value of £50, and the William Atkinson Scholarship, of the value of £30. These are awarded annually under certain conditions to students.
Two pupil teacherships are also awarded annually, of the value of £15, and carrying free tuition.
Students are prepared for the examinations of the Board of Education, for the elementary certificate, art class teachers' certificate, art masters' certificate, for admission to the Royal Academy schools, and for the entrance examinations of the Royal College of Art, South Kensington.