Manual for Primary Grades, Including Outline by Lessons, with Suggestions for Teaching (White's New Course in Art Instruction)
First thus, 1894. Cloth 8vo, 176pp. Very Good with light soil, rubbing to the corners and spine ends, a few instances of discoloration or soil from use. Previous owner's signature to the front flyleaf, else clean and unmarked.
The book outlines popular art education exercises modeled after the Froebel gifts, including paper folding and cutting, stick laying, blackboard drawing, and clay modeling. It also offers a thorough course for teaching color that incorporates visual, tactile, and language exercises.
Despite espousing the superiority of art education that did not rely on rote copying exercises, Henry Turner Bailey accepted the job of producing a new version of White's Course in Art Instruction for the American Book Company in 1891, along with four young art educators--Nathanial Berry, Elizabeth Perry, Jessie Prince--who referred to themselves as "the syndicate." Bailey was a state agent with influence over art education in Massachusetts, where a years-running competition with Prang came to a head when Prang bought out the American Book Company, acquiring evidence of Bailey's involvement in the production and coercing a more cooperative climate for Prang's books in MA schools. See "Drawing Book Wars" by Mary Ann Stankiewicz. Visual Arts Research, Vol. 12, No. 2 (Fall 1986), pp. 59-72