International Journal of Art & Design Education

How to Draw Books as sources for Understanding Art Education of the 19TH Century

Volume 4.2   1985



The premise of this study is that circulated images and documents convey actual practices and commitments of people, revealing attitudes of which users themselves were largely unaware. Though historical treatises may have described what people did or ought to do, ephemera are evidence of what people actually did and believed. The 19th century American preoccupation with drawing manuals is traced back to the aspirations of farming families for their children and the author observes that drawing skills became a metaphor for other types of learning and self-improvement.