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The Elements of Drawing: With 8 Illus, Drawn By the Author (Classic Reprint)
If a child has many toys, it will get tired of them and break them ;if a boy has many prints he will merely dawdle and scrawl over them ;it is by the limitation of the number of his possessions that his pleasure in them is perfected, and his attention concentrated. The parents need give themselves no trouble in instructing him, as far as drawing is...
If a child has many toys, it will get tired of them and break them ;if a boy has many prints he will merely dawdle and scrawl over them ;it is by the limitation of the number of his possessions that his pleasure in them is perfected, and his attention concentrated. The parents need give themselves no trouble in instructing him, as far as drawing is concerned, beyond insisting upon economical and neat habits with his colours and paper, showing him the best way of holding pencil and rule, and, so far as they take notice of his work, pointing out where a line is too short or too long, or too crooked, when compared with the copy ;accuracy being the first and last thing they look for. If the child shows talent for inventing or grouping figures, the parents should neither check nor praise it. They may laugh with it frankly, or show pleasure in what it has done, just as they show pleasure in seeing it well, or cheerful; but they must not praise it for being clever, any more than they would praise it for being stout. They should praise it only for what costs it self-denial, namely attention and hard work ;otherwise they will make it work for vanitys sake, and always badly. The best books to put into its hands are those illustrated by George Cruikshank or by Richter (see A ppendix). At about the age of twelve or fourteen, it is quite time enough to set youth or girl to serious work ;and then this book will, I think, be useful to them ;and I have good hope it may be so, likewise, to persons of more advanced age wishing to know something of the first principles of art. Yet observe, that the method of study recommended is not brought forward as absolutely the best, but only as the best which I can at present devise for an isolated student. It is very likely that farther experience in teaching may enable me to modify it with advantage in several important respects ;but I(Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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