1878 First Formal Art Courses Introduced

  • Pyne Public School Students at Dovercourt Public School for Industrial Arts

    Industrial Drawing Becomes Part of the Curriculum

    Introduced in 1878, Industrial Drawing became part of the curriculum at Ryerson, Dufferin and Wellesley Public Schools. In 1879, Chief Inspector James L. Hughes and Canadian painter Lucius O’Brien endorsed drawing as the foundation of a practical education – drawing is the foundation of practical education as reading and writing is to a literary education. Arthur Reading was hired the next year as the first Superintendent of Drawing.

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    Black and white photograph


    Black and white photo of seated and standing boys in a work bench-filled classroom with drawings