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It is not Hncommon for people more or less intelli�gent to speak of music and drawing as merely orna�mental branches as distinguished from other studies. In looking the world over, what branches do we find more useful or more practical than music and draw�ing? Into the pleasure of social, or even solitary life, what branch enters so largely as music? If the objective point of education is refinement, what agent
or influence is more potent? As to drawing, it en* ters every branch of industry, from the digging of a ditch to the building of a steamship. The repre�sented line is the beginning of every constructed form. A master workman may have no stronger arm, no more skilful hand, than any of his toiling underlings; but, having an eye for distance and pro�portion, he is paid well for directing those who boast
St. Bernard, a. d. 1150. Alexander Ewing. Nealb tr.
nothing but brawn. Omitting all mention of the artistic or aesthetic value of drawing, its practical utility is enough to place it in the front rank of solid studies.' But why not consider, too, its artistic uses ? Is it not suggestive that nearly all our best artists and engravers are foreigners? Properly taught, drawing is a most interesting branch to children of any age.
Placed against writing as a candidate for popular favor, it wins three-fourths of the hands in any well, regulated school-room. It pleases children in a double manner, for it allows them to do and to learn at the same time, and to combine these is the secret of the best training in the schools. Let us hear no more of music and drawing not being solid studies.
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