Excerpt from Universal Exhibition St. Louis, 1904: Austria, Imperial Royal Ministry for Public Instruction; Exhibition of Professional Schools for Arts and Crafts
The new methods require above all, the early and profound study of forms and colour in nature, the development of the faculty of ob/ serving correctly, of retaining and reproducing impressions. They further require that drawing and modelling should go hand in hand, that taste ought to be cultivated, and invention, energy and individual talent should be systematically furthered.
The letters of different alphabets were deemed worthy of an artistic reformation, the way of teaching in the different styles of architecture and teaching by means of objects have been changed, in short a thorough revolution of the old system has taken place.
In the short interval between the abolition of the old method of teaching and the introduction of the new one in 1899, the Ministry for Public Instruction had great difficulty in procuring the necessary number of competent teachers. This drawback was effectually removed three years ago by the establishment of daily courses for teachers. Since that time courses have been arranged at government expense during the five weeks of school vacation.
These courses) have proved an effective means of propagating modern teaching. Within a short time good and sometimes astonishing results have shown themselves at the shools, not only greater zeal and interest have been awakened but also less talented students obtained better results than before.
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