Friday, February 26, 2010

Howard Pyle at the Drexel Institute, 1896

"Howard Pyle, the well-known and deservedly popular draughtsman, has a class at the Drexel Institute, in Philadelphia, that is unique in its way. It differs entirely from the ordinary classes in composition, in that the pupils are kept constantly at work on one or two subjects during the entire term, so that they modify their original drawing many times before it becomes a finished piece of work. Mr. Pyle selects these subjects, and the first step consists in the pupil's execution of the idea in a charcoal sketch. This is submitted to the teacher, who critcises it and hands it back for overhauling. The finished illustration is made in black and white oil. Not only do the highest-grade students at the institute take the course, but Mr. Pyle's class every Saturday is attended by a number of pupils from other schools, as well as by several of those who are already known as illustrators."
New York Times, January 14, 1896

3 comments:

Sara Light Waller said...

Hi Ian, do you have any more details about his course curricula? I suppose Drexel might still have them in their archives. If they do they would be extremely interesting to take a look at. While at Bryn Mawr I took a look at Haverford's library collection of Maxfield Parrish's works. Makes me want to go to Drexel and take a look too. :-)

Ian Schoenherr said...

Drexel's archives are sadly (painfully sadly) wanting when it comes to Pyle material. But course catalogues that detail his ever-changing curricula do exist. I'll try to post more on the topic as it really shows what Pyle believed was necessary (besides raw talent) for his students to become good illustrators.

Sara Light Waller said...

Thanks Ian. I would find that really interesting. :-)