Excerpt from The Principles of Design: A Text-Book for Teachers, Students and Craftsmen
A New book upon the principles of ornament has become a necessity to the Art teacher no less than to the Art student, for during the last two or three years an entirely new syllabus of the subject has been issued by the Board of Education, differing materially from the old one. This covers a much wider area, and properly so, as ornament in its wider sense covers the whole field of art, and it is only during the last century or so that the arts of painting and sculpture, and the decorative arts, have been divorced from architecture, and almost all tradition has been lost. The purpose of the present work is not so much to supply a few recipes which the student might get off by heart for the purpose of successfully passing the examination, supposing this were possible or desirable, but rather to assist him to form an intelligent understanding of the general scale and scope of the decorative arts. It must not be forgotten that examinations are but a means to an end, and not an end in themselves. Examinations can have no possible value except as indications of the degree of knowledge, or of the character of the information possessed by the different competitors.
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