Second Year Drawing by D. R. Augsburg Second Year Drawing by D. R. Augsburg    

Lesson 21: The Vertical Ellipse (Direction, Action, and Rhythm)

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The aim in these rhythmic or two-handed exercises is to give skill, speed, and grace to the two hands working together.

  • Spend 5 minutes a day on these exercises at a blackboard or whiteboard.
  • If you have no large blackboard or whiteboard, tape two pieces of paper to a desk or table, one piece for each hand.
  • Dots denote the starting places for a movement and the "X" the end position for a movement.

Instructors show children the lesson image and note:

  • The geometrical form featured in A and B is called a vertical ellipse.
  • The shape featured in C is a crescent, and D and E are based on the crescent in C.

Instructors direct children as follows:

  1. Instructors demonstrate using one hand how to produce the simple oval as shown in figure A.
  2. Children grasp two writing implements (chalk, dry erase marker, pencil), one in each hand.
  3. Instructors show children the ovals in figure B, say "Look," and allow the children to observe the image.
  4. Instructors say, "Draw," and children draw the left-hand and right-hand sides of the image using both hands simultaneously.
  5. Instructors say "Erase," and children erase the image if using blackboard/whiteboard or secure two new pieces of paper.

Children complete the following drill work:

  • First Day: Draw A, then B, then C, and then D.
  • Second Day: Draw A, then B, then C, and then D.
  • Third Day: Draw B, then C, and then D.
  • Fourth Day: Draw B, then D, and then E.
  • Fifth Day: Draw A, then C, and then E.

Tip: Draw A, B, and C with light lines, and go over the work, back and forth, several times. Draw D and E with heavy lines.