1900 Jessie Semple Appointed Supervisor of Drawing

  • A Public School Class at the Art Gallery

    In 1900, Jessie Semple was appointed by Chief Inspector James Hughes as the Supervisor of Drawing. A graduate of the Toronto Public and Collegiate school systems, Semple was also a founding member of the Women Teacher’s Association. Prior to 1900, art instruction consisted of linear drawing and design for practical applications. Semple replaced this with free drawing and revolutionized the subject by introducing the radical concepts of creativity and originality into the curriculum.

    Photographer unknown

    Black and white photograph

    2012.X.798

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    Black and white photo of woman standing beside painting of cows as student group listens to her.