OUTLINES FOR BEGINNERS
During the earliest period of exercises no attempt should be made to produce other than flat drawings; that is to say, the front faces of the objects presented. Unaided, the beginner scarcely could do this, but the examples of simple instructions here suggested overcome the difficulty.
This method should be followed: Let the teacher place the object selected in a convenient spot near the blackboard and then point out the outlines. Take a slate for example; prop it against some books. The slate now presents the form of an oblong containing additional parallel lines. The teacher should now draw a picture of a slate on the blackboard, first drawing an oblong within an oblong, shading the latter; then adding the corners and rounding them. (See Fig. I.)
Then draw a simple picture of a house just the front view. Then the adjoining shed, the well, the barn, etc. To render the entire subject simple, draw a horizontal as a base line for all the buildings (see Fig. 2).
The pupil in his early work usually finds difficulty in drawing objects by means of parallel lines; therefore, the examples in single line exercises on this page are given. Let him make additional drawings of objects familiar to him, enclosing each object in a square.
Drawing from Imagination. The following exercises will develop the imagination. The subjects are merely suggestive and others may be substituted. Care should be taken to select objects simple in outline and construction.