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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 30

Syllabus of Subjects of Examination

Syllabus of Subjects of Examination.


Freehand.—Candidates will be required to enlarge an out line drawing of symmetrical ornament, without the aid of any kind of mechanical means of execution, such as ruling, &c., or the use of anything but pencil, paper, and indiarubber. One hour and a half is allowed for this exercise.


GeometryPlane—The construction and use of simple scales. Scale of chords, Diagonal scales. Elementary constructions required in geometrical pattern drawing and simple tracery. Construction of triangles and quadrangles. General methods for polygons. Irregular polygons from given angles, sides, and diagonals. Inscribed and circumscribed figures. Proportionals and areas. Elementary problems connected with the Ellipse. Solid—Plan elevation and section of the cube, pyramid, prism, sphere, cone, and cylinder, in simple positions. Projection of plane figures.

The instruments required are a plain scale of inches divided into eighths, a pair of pencil compasses, two set squares, an H pencil and a piece of indiarubber. A drawing board and T square, although not indispensable, are very desirable. One hour is allowed for this exercise.

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Perspective.—Students will be required to show a know ledge of the use of vanishing and measuring points used in horizontal planes, and to represent simple solids or objects on the ground plane in any position.

The instruments required are the same as for geometry. One hour and a half is allowed for this exercise.


Model.—The exercise in this subject consists of drawing from a group of three or more geometrical models and simple vases, single objects of household furniture, or domestic utensils of well defined form. The candidate is expected to show a knowledge of the effect of perspective in modifying the appearance of the models, and may estimate their apparent relative size by holding the pencil between the eye and the objects. No ruling or the use of instruments is allowed in working this exercise. One hour is allowed for this exercise.


Blackboard.—This exercise is intended to test the candidate's power to use, in aid of their general teaching, the skill which they have obtained in drawing. In addition to facility in the use of chalk and the blackboard, it is required that they shall be able to give a fair representation of the form of any familiar object. Candidates will therefore be required to draw from memory, one of three or four objects of ordinary household furniture, or domestic utensils of well defined form, to be named by the examiner. Candidates will also be required to draw Roman or Italic letters, about nine inches high. Fifteen minutes are allowed for this exercise.

Candidates who pass in all the five subjects named above, obtain the 2nd Grade Certificate 1). Candidates may at their option take one, two, or all these subjects at the examination, and the subjects may be taken in any order.

This certificate is accepted by the Education Department, Wellington, as fulfilling the requirements, as regards drawing of the examination of teachers, for classification and certificates.

The "pass" standard for these examinations is the same as that of the 2nd grade, Art Examination, Science and Art Department of the Committee of Council on Education, South Kensington, London. Candidates who hold any of these certificates awarded by the above department subsequent to the year 1869, need not be re-examined in the same subjects,