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A beer bottle, bearing the lebend "Ann Arbor Brewing Company's Beer," an old palm leaf fan, a pamphlet that from its looks might have been one of the International Bunday school series, the background of this group of utensils draped in something akin to white cheese cloth, and close by a lad of perhaps fourteeu sumniers industriously wearing the lead off a drawing pencil - this was one of the dozen different conibinations the Courier reporter saw yesterday afternoon when he entered the Ann Arbor Art school, on the second floor of the Masonic block. Of course the beer bottle was only there for artistic purposes. It was empty ; where, how, or wheii is not the purpose in hand - wliat is of most consequence is that young art student had made a very neat likeness of the subject before him. Another study was in line with this this week's weather. The group was made up of an umbrella jar full of umbrellas and a few pairs of rubbers strewn carelèssly about. This was already copied and wás trae to life. Then there was i wreath of flowers, that we carne near picking, they looked so natural. On the other side of the room was a table that gave the impression of the family kitchen. It was covered with a group consisting of a skewer, a candle and candlestiek, a teapot and corn popper. Still another table savored of a farm house, for it had a basket of corn in the ear, and a smal] crockeryware churn stood close by. Another atand looked as if an artist had been around. It was covered with various artistic machineiy. There was a pallette, a ar full of brushes, a few books and a tin box that may have contained water colors or sometliing else. These are fair samples of the various groups the students of the Ann Arbor Art school have for studies. In front of each group, ayouugiady, a nüddle-aged lady an elderly lady was studiously working yesterday afternoon. For it was Wedneffday afternoon, when the class is engaged entirely inoil and water color work. If it had boen Saturday, we were infprmed that quite a different line of work would have been on. Tbat is the time the class devotes to studies in black and white and in dm wiiis;. The art school now has two instructora. They are Miss L. llunt, assistant in, drawing in the university, and Miss Minnie Pepple, nstractor in drawing in A-m Arbor High Scliool. The school now nurnbers some thirty members and the offlcers of the institution are the following: Mrs. W. S. Perry, president; Mrs. Zina P. King, vice-presitíent ; and M. L. II. Walker, secretary and 'treasurer. Tiit' art school began its existence about ten years ago as the Ann Arbor Art club, being first conceived in the minds of Mr. Herbert Kandall, Mrs. W. S. Perry, Miss Hunt and Mrs. Schoff, all of whom were anxious to establish the interest in art that should exist in a great university city like Ann Arbor. The members worked togetheras a club for eight years, until something over a year ago the club reorganized as the Ann Arbor Art School. It is the hope of the founders of the school that their lab. iis will ultimately end in making Ann Arbor an art center as i t is f ast becoming a musical city. The school is entirely self-supporting ! There is a fee of $5 for entrance to the : school, and a tuition fee of $5 a class or ' $6 for both is. charged. The work is ejntirely from. models, objects an.d ,■: This is only the second year of the ' school, hut it is already on a solid foundation and has come to .stav. Carnations, Iloses and all cut ; (is at Jlarsdon's. Trices always tliu ' lowcst. ; ,


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