W.P.A. Technical Series: Art circular

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Page 1 - It seeks especially:— 1. To record material of historical significance which has not heretofore been studied and which, for one reason or another, stands in danger of being lost. 2. To gather a body of traditional material which may form the basis of an organic development of American design. 3. To make usable source records of this material accessible to artists, designers, manufacturers, museums, libraries, and art schools. 4. To give employment to painters, graphic artists, photographers and...
Page 1 - The aim of the Index is to compile material for a nation-wide pictorial survey of design in the American decorative, useful and folk arts from their inception to about 1890. It seeks especially:— 1. To record material of historical significance which has not heretofore been studied and which, for one reason or another, stands in danger of being lost. 2. To gather a body of traditional material which may form the basis of an organic development of American design. 3. To make usable...
Page 3 - In the arts, as in many other phases of American life, there has been in our time a development of professionalism without a corresponding development of community participation. The art center program should be directed not only toward building larger audiences for the arts, but also toward guiding and encouraging group activity and group expression leading to a more complete community sharing in the experience of art.
Page 34 - ... these, somewhat less than 50 percent are employed in creative art work in 40 States, producing wall and easel paintings, watercolors, graphic arts, and sculpture for tax-supported institutions. More than 500 artists in 25 States are working on a great research project, the Index of American Design, which is engaged in recording the rise and development of American decorative and applied art. The American Library Association, in a resolution endorsing this work, has hailed it as "an important...
Page 1 - BUSWELL, GUY THOMAS. How People Look at Pictures. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1935.
Page 1 - ... not otherwise find employment. The Index of American Design is preparing a series of accurate illustrations depicting the rise and development of American Design. European nations have long realized the importance of gathering such material. They have prepared collections of plates in color and have published richly illustrated books on their decorative, applied and folk arts, thus placing the full picture of the native arts of design at the disposal of their scholars, creative workers and manufacturers....
Page 2 - American design comparable with the great European classics in the field. With compilation of the Index of American Design, typical examples of an indigenous American character will be made available for study. It is hoped that this material will stimulate the artist, designer, and manufacturer of articles of everyday use to build upon American tradition...
Page 19 - In embroidery it is important to notice the holes caused by the needle and the puckering of the background where the embroidery draws it, as well as irregularities in contour caused by the necessity of drawing each embroidery thread between threads of the ground.

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