Lesson 1: Balls, Trees, and Fruit (Objects, Position, and Perspective)

Note: It is recommended to keep a plain notebook, sketchpad, or binder to hold the exercise work described in this text. Avoid using much method or giving definite directions for this year. Simply show how by example and encourage earnest effort. Talk little, and draw much.

In this lesson, students review the concepts of left, right, near, far, and the rest line, as learned in Augsburg's First Year Drawing course.

Instructors show the image of the balls and apple, and ask children to answer the following.

Which ball is farthest left?

Which ball is farthest right?

Which ball is nearest the viewer?

Which ball is farthest back from the viewer?

Which three balls are the same distance back as the apple?

Instructors show the image of the woods, and ask children to answer the following.

Which tree is farthest left?

Which tree is farthest right?

Which tree is nearer than the stump?

Which two trees are the same distance back as the stump?

Which three trees are farther back than the stump?

Instructors show the image of the fruit, and ask children to point to the correct piece of fruit:

Which fruit is closest?

Which fruit is farthest away?

Which fruit is farthest left?

Which fruit is farthest right?

Children complete the following drill work:

Draw a pear and its rest line.

Draw a tomato and its rest line.

Draw a lemon and its rest line.

Draw an apple and its rest line.

Draw a pear. Place two apples farther.

Draw a pear. Place two apples nearer.

Draw a pear. Place one apple at the left and two farther.

Draw a lemon. Place one apple nearer and two farther.

Draw a lemon. Place one apple at the right and two farther.

Draw a lemon. Place one apple at the left, one nearer and two farther.

Draw a tomato. Place one apple at the right, one nearer and three farther.