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Modelling : a guide for teachers and students - Edouard Lanteri - ebook

Modelling : a guide for teachers and students

Modelling : a guide for teachers and students


It would be difficult to overrate the value and excellence of this work. Had such a book been obtainable when I was in the twenties, I would not have rested a moment imtil I possessed a copy, and when possessed of it, it would have been my constant companion. 

Professor Lanteri has put in very comprehensive language everything that is needful for the young sculptor to know. 

The result of the careful thought and observation of years is here set forth in a manner so clear that it may appear to some readers that after learning Professor Lanteri's book by heart, they will then know how to model. A careful study of this work will show that the author does not hold out any such vain hope. The object of this work is to teach the student how to begin. 

Many things are clearly shown in the illustrations described in the text that would take some people many years to find out for themselves. The young student is plainly told how to begin, the more advanced student will find many doubts here cleared up, and the feelings, after reading the book, of all who make sculpture their life study, will be those of gratitude.

I have repeatedly been asked to publish the notes of which I made use for mv demonstration classes at the Royal College of Art. 

I fancy that by somewhat developing them they will be found useful by those who intend to devote themselves to this art, as well as by those who undertake the task of instructing beginners in the subject. I do not pretend to think that my method is the only right one — there is no such thing- as an infallible method. 


Every intelligent teacher must be free to form his own, on the condition that he bases it on true principles. Thus, instead of exclusively setting forth one method, — even if it be the very best, — it is better to state broadly the great essential principles of teaching, in which every method ought to be included, and to allow the teacher a certain latitude

It is important that everyone should bring to the adopted method such modifications as will allow him to consider it his very own personal method. It is only thus, that he w^ll find the impulse and devotion necessary for the accomplishment of his arduous task. 

The auxiliary means of teaching have not an absolute value in themselves, — they may prove useful or dangerous, according to the moment and measure of their application. In order to prove efficacious, they must be presented in methodical order. 

This order can only be settled after precisely ascertaining the object in view and the principles on which the means for obtaining this object should be based. Art is essentially individual, in fact ''Individuality^' makes the artist. 

All teaching, to be true and rational, must aim at preserving, developing and perfecting- the individual sentiment of the artist. Therefore the end at which every teacher should aim, whose task it is to teach the Fine Arts, is the development of the artistic aptitude of each pupil. 

The best means and exercises are those which tend most surely to attain this end. In thoroughly teaching each pupil the craft, not to say trade, of a sculptor, there is no fear of destroying his individuality; on the contrary, having conscientiously learnt the craft, he will gain confidence and the necessary power to express truthfully the personal sentiment with which Nature has Introduction 3 endowed him. 

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  • Author:  Edouard Lanteri
  • Publication date 1902
  • Company: London: Chapman & Hall, ltd.

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