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1909 Figure MISS BEATRICE S. WELLER MISS BEATRICE WELLER is a graduate of the Iowa State Normal School, and has also taken work in the University of Minnesota. Miss Weller has received two years' training in the Art Department of Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, N.Y., has completed the Normal Course in Manual Training at the Ethical Culture School, New York City, and has also taken private instruction with the leading art educators of New York City. She has given lectures on school art, and has conducted institute work in Iowa, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Alabama. Miss Weller has served as County Supervisor of Drawing in Wisconsin, having supervision of all the schools in the county, both rural and graded. She had charge of the Art Department in the University of Alabama during the summer session of 1905, and for the past two seasons has conducted the Summer Normal Courses in Art, under the charge of the Virginia State Board of Examiners. She has devoted particular attention to the training of grade teachers in the essential principles of representation, construction, and design, together with the application of these principles to grade work. The enthusiasm and interest which Miss Weller has been able to inspire in those who have studied with her is evidenced by the letters received from all who have seen the results of her instruction. This is to certify that Miss Beatrice Weller had charge of the drawing in the Washington County Institute, held in West Bend during the Month of August, 1904. She proved herself a very efficient director. None of the teachers had had any instruction in drawing, and a goodly number went into her class on account of the peremptory demand of the County Superintendent for drawing in the schools. It did not take Miss Woller long to thoroughly interest and enthuse every teacher present, numbering in all about 120. They took hold of the work under her direction very readily and did creditable work in the several lines. At the close of the two weeks' session of the Institute the teachers had made such progress that they felt warranted in engaging Miss Weller at their own expense, as supervisor of drawing for the county. Under her direction, drawing was taught in every school in the county, numbering about 130 schools. I heartily recommend Miss Weller to boards of education anywhere as director or supervisor of drawing in any school system, knowing that her ability, charming personality and tact will insure her success from the outset. Yours very truly, M. A. BUSSAWITZ, Milwaukee, Wis., State Normal School. TUSCALOOSA, ALA., September 25, 1906. To Whom It May Concern: This is to certify that Miss Beatrice Weller was an instructor during the past session in the Summer School for Teachers of the University of Alabama. She was in charge of the Department of Drawing. Her work in that Department was entirely satisfactory. She was very popular among both students and fellow teachers. Very truly, JOHN D. ABERCROMBE, Pres. University of Alabama. BLOOMSBURG, PA., January, 1907. I had the privilege of seeing the subject of Drawing presented by Miss Beatrice Weller, of New York City, in the Teachers' Institute at Clarion. Miss Weller showed herself a skilled institute instructor. She had the situation well in hand throughout the entire time of instruction, and she showed a full knowledge of the subject and skill in presenting it. I am sure that any institute or body of teachers desiring to receive instruction in this subject will find Miss Weller a person unusually qualified for this work, both because of her endowments by nature and because of her attainments in her art. D. J. WALLER, JR., State Normal School. CLEVELAND, OHIO. Miss Beatrice Weller was the last speaker on the morning's program (N. E. A., 1908). Her address was, Motif and Method of Drawing. It was one of the most interesting talks given, and she received the closest attention from all present. ROANOKE, VA., DEC. 24, 1908. Miss Beatrice Weller has worked with me in the Fourth Circuit of Virginia nine weeks, five weeks of which time was given to the State Summer Normal at Emory and Henry College. In both Institute work and in Summer School she impressed the teachers in a most favorable manner on the subject of drawing. Her exposition is clear, her explanation practical, and she has the ability of doing the teachers an unusual service in a very brief time. HARRIS HART. RICHMOND, VA. I had the pleasure of observing Miss Weller's work in the Winchester, (Va.), Normal Institute this year (1908). She is a woman of high scholastic attainments, attractive personality, and a teacher of remarkable ability and popularity with her classes. Her work commanded the highest praise from her pupils and also from the management of the school. W. H. COOK, Prin. Randolph School. MILFORD, DEL., DEC. 31, 1908. To Whom it May Concern: Miss Beatrice Weller has served me as instructor at my annual County Institute for two successive years. Miss Weller is a very capable and efficient instructor. Very many of my teachers came to me to express their great appreciation of her work. She wears well, as these tributes were even more numerous the second year than the first. Very truly yours, JOHN D. BROOKS. ALLENTON, WIS. The first of the series of Chalk Talks was held at Allenton last Friday evening. From every standpoint it was a success. Miss Weller really makes chalk talk. She is interesting and entertaining, as well as instructive, and it is worth any one's time and money to hear her and see her work. HARTFORD, WIS. The Chalk Talk given at the M. E. Church last Saturday evening by Miss Beatrice Weller was well attended, and was both instructive and entertaining. The lady is an adept with the crayon, which enables her to illustrate her ideas with accuracy and in a truly pleasing manner. KEWASKUM, WIS. Last Saturday evening a fair-sized audience gathered at the High School Building to listen to a Chalk Talk given by Miss Beatrice Weller of New York City. Miss Weller is very proficient in the art of drawing, and all who heard and saw her were highly pleased. NEWBURG, WIS. The Chalk Talk entertainment given in the Woodman Hall last Saturday evening was well attended, every seat in the hall being occupied. The entertainment was greatly enjoyed by all present. Miss Weller is most proficient in her work, and drew many excellent illustrations. JACKSON, WIS. The Chalk Talk given at Woodman's Hall by Miss Beatrice Weller, of New York, was well attended, every seat being taken. It was certainly a Chalk Talk. She illustrated the story of Hiawatha, Johnny went Fishing, and many other stories and landscapes, introducing human faces of different nationalities. It was very interesting to see drawn with but slight changes in the drawing the various nationalities. It kept even the little ones awake to see how rapidly a few chalk marks changed hats to tea-kettles, and children to old men. It was a very entertaining and instructive talk. INDEPENDENCE, IOWA. [Meeting of Federated Club Women of Iowa, Tenth District.] Dr. Atchinson was followed by Miss Beatrice Weller, of New York City, who gave an interesting address and chalk talk on Drawing in the Public Schools. Miss Weller is full of her subject, and has the happy faculty of communicating her enthusiasm to others. She is a bright little lady who can talk as well as draw, and her reasons why drawing should be taught in the public schools were eagerly listened to and accepted without question. Then Miss Weller stepped to the Board and began to illustrate the various points, talking as fast as she could and drawing as fast as she talked, compelling the attention of both the eyes and the ears of the convention. To see Miss Weller do it, it looked as easy as anything, but when we went home and tried to draw a pine tree in the careless, off-hand way, we thot we'd learned from Miss Weller. Our efforts resulted in green hay-stacks, and our paths wouldn't stay put. ROCKFORD, IOWA. [Meeting of Federated Club Women of Iowa, Eighth District.] Miss Weller appeared as the last speaker of the afternoon with a very practical and interesting talk on Drawing in the Public Schools, which was accompanied by colored pictures illustrating the various points made. She made the statement that drawing is a science, consisting of principles and causes which can be easily mastered. Then, to confirm her statement, she stepped to the board and showed how easy it was to express in a visible form our mind pictures. The only disappointing thing about Miss Weller's talk was its brevity, as the lateness of the hour compelled her to condense an already condensed address. NASHUA, IOWA. [Before the District Meeting of Iowa Club Women—Eleventh District.] Miss Beatrice Weller gave a paper on Drawing in the Public Schools, which was one of the best things of the day. She stated that drawing is one of the greatest avenues of expression, and can be taught to all. If we wish the child to hate the false in art, we shall teach him to see the true by teaching it. She contends that much more importance should be given to this branch than has formerly been given, and, after hearing her arguments, we think so, too. She drew while she talked, illustrating each point with a sketch rapidly and skillfully executed. KOHLSVILLE, WIS. The Chalk Talk last Friday evening was a decided success in the full meaning of the word. The program was well carried out, and a very large crowd attended. Miss Weller has an exceedingly pleasant address, and is an adept with the colored chalks. She had the closest attention of all for over an hour. Also Head of Art Department in Louisiana St. Normal Watchitoches La UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, July 18, 1905. To Whom It May Concern: It gives me great pleasure to bear testimony to Miss Beatrice S. Weller's qualifications as a teacher of drawing, and as a lady who will enter into the sympathies of the pupils and faculties of schools. I had the opportunity of personal observation of her work in class, and I discovered that she compelled attention and interest by her mastery of the art of drawing and by her enthusiastic devotion to her classes. Miss Weller taught drawing in the University (of Alabama) Summer School for teachers during the season of 1905. She is possessed of tireless energy, splendid tact in management, and popular traits of character. I gladly commend her to those who may want the services of a competent teacher of drawing, who will take positive individuality into the faculty of any school that may engage her. Very truly, JOEL C. DUBOSE, Associate Professor of Secondary Education, University, Alabama. March 15, 1906. It gives me pleasure to state that Miss Beatrice Weller visited the public schools of Charlottesville and gave several talks to the teachers on the subject of drawing. She also gave some demonstrations of her work in the class room. Our teachers were delighted with Miss Weller's talks, and were especially well pleased with her manner of presenting her subject. From several other schools in my circuit I have heard complimentary references to her work. CHAS. G. MAPHIS, Examiner and Inspector, Fifth Circuit, Virginia. WINCHESTER, VA., July 10, 1906. To Whom It May Concern: This is to certify that Miss Beatrice Weller has been instructor of drawing in the Winchester Summer School of 1906 and that she has given entire satisfaction. Miss Weller has every qualification of a successful teacher. She is a young lady of refinement, charming personality, and possesses that rare quality of magnetism which holds the attention of her class from the time she appears before it till the period closes. With these qualifications she combines an artistic temperament, thorough knowledge of the technique of drawing and an untiring energy. Miss Weller's course in our Normal has surpassed my most ardent expectations. The attendance upon her classes has been 100 per cent. of the total enrollment and not a member of her class has dropped out. She has required and secured individual work from every attendant, and the work has been surprisingly good for the short period of instruction. In the two weeks she has so clearly taught the elementary and underlying principles of drawing that these teachers are prepared to start beginners' classes in their schools. I heartily recommend Miss Weller to anyone desiring a first-class instructor or supervisor of drawing. J. D. HARRIS, Conductor of the Summer School. LANCASTER, PA., July 23. It affords me great pleasure to say that Miss Weller's work in drawing at our city institute in the spring of 1904 was eminently satisfactory. R. K. BUEHRLE. HARRISONBURG, VA., March 3, 1906. This is to say that in my opinion Miss Beatrice Weller has unusual ability as a not only understands how to teach the subject, but why to teach it. She knows the principles that underlie the successful presentation of the subject, and can explain to a class of teachers how easily it can be taught, in every and in any school. As a lecturer and teacher on the subject, she possesses the happy faculty of being intensely interesting, and even entertaining, when presenting a subject that so many teachers think is dry and intended for only those who have special ability along that line. I feel no hesitancy in saying that any institution, or Normal, or school, that is so fortunate as to secure the services of Miss Weller, will count itself lucky, and will be more than pleased with her work in every way. In addition to all this, Miss Weller is a young lady of charming personality and genuine refinement, and all with whom she comes in contact are at once captivated by her enthusiasm and the intense interest she shows for those to whom she is presenting the subject of drawing. Very truly, W. H. KEISTER, Principal High School. September 25, 1905. To Whom It May Concern: This is to certify that Miss Beatrice Weller had charge of the drawing in Washington County during the Institute and was retained as supervisor of drawing during the ensuing year. Miss Weller is an untiring, enthusiastic worker and is able to inspire both teachers and pupils to put forth their best efforts. As an instructor and supervisor of drawing, I believe Miss Weller has no superiors and few equals. S. W. BENNET, Supt. of Schools, Washington County, Wisconsin. MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., July 10, 1903. Dear Sir: I have known Miss Beatrice Weller, as student and teacher, for some years. She is a bright, capable woman of excellent character. I have followed her work since her graduation at the Iowa State Normal School, and can cheerfully commend her as worthy and well qualified for the work she wishes to undertake. O. J. LAYLANDER. CLARION, PA., February 12, 1907. To Whom It May Concern: I desire to express my high appreciation of the ability and service of Miss Weller, who was one of the best and most appreciated instructors at our county institute. Miss Weller is a teacher and lecturer on Drawing and Art. She is practical and a speaker of rare and pleasing ability. I commend her to superintendents and others who desire lectures and instruction along lines of drawing and art. L. L. HIMES, Supt. of Clarion County, Pa. REINBECK, IOWA, October 6, 1906. Miss Weller gave expert instruction in drawing to teacher as well as pupils in our schools last April. It gives me pleasure to say that from personal observation of Miss Weller's work I found her an excellent instructor. The teachers here are exceedingly enthusiastic over Miss Weller and her instruction. She seems to have the peculiar power of inspiring both teachers and pupils with a remarkable interest in her work. Very truly yours, THOS. E. JOHNSON.
|Title||Miss Beatrice S. Weller|
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|Personal Name Subject||Weller, Beatrice Stuart|
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