7 Harry Robertson (one of the Ten) “I learnt more about Art and Design at the MSoA simply because the teaching staff collectively held the belief that the languages of Art could be taught: the vocabulary, the skills, the methods, the design process, and so on. This grounding was extremely beneficial when we went on to tertiary fine art education, where, all too often, the philosophy held by the staff was, ‘Artists are born, therefore it cannot be taught’. Philip. A Hughes (one of the Ten) “In common with the other nine of us, I attended the MSoA from 1955 - 1962. The school was all about artistic excellence, which is why I made it my first choice after passing the 11+ examination, despite being offered the other Grammar Schools in Manchester. Imagine my disappointment therefore, when I was steered through the “G” or academic streams having only one hour of art lessons per week when those in the “A” streams were having a much enhanced exposure to the subject. However, I made up for this when I was able to opt for what I studied for “O” level, “A” level and “S” level exams. The instruction I received was excellent and resulted in the development of the basic skills required to draw and paint fluently and confidently. From the Manchester High School of Art, I travelled to London to study at St. Martin’s School of Art along with Harry Robertson, John McCombs and Dave Ralston, where again I received a very formal method of teaching from some excellent and notable artists - Leon Kossoff and Frank Auerbach to name just a couple. The training I received was both a strength and a weakness because it lacked a creative element or rather should I say, I lacked a strong creative ability, but it was a first class training for what I eventually became - an art teacher where the “how to do” was as important as the “what to do”.