Pencil control for the start of all lessons
The sketch pad
To teach the importance of eye to hand coordination, pencil control.
A) The pupil will be asked to rule a light horizontal line 1cm or 1/2 inch
from the top of the page. The word lightly must be stressed and
the student's task will be to draw the line so it is visible at half a
meter but invisible at a meter.
B) Have the
student hold these up and the teacher will discover that only one or two
students will be able to achieve this result. Praise those two and demonstrate
to the whole class the correct method of holding a pencil for a long light
line is to drag the pencil across the page lightly holding it between thumb
and index finger. The trick is to move your ARM and shoulder and
not your fingers
C) Have the
class draw a light line across the bottom of the page using this technique
and get their next-door neighbor to check it for visibility at a yard.
D) If this
proves satisfactory have the student complete the two verticals in the same
E) Hold these
up for inspection and then ask the students to firm in the margin with
their pencil leaving the corners so they can discern the difference between
their light and heavy lines.
F) Lightly construct
a little box 2cm x6cm (1" x2") in the bottom right hand corner for
a title, then firm it in as shown below.
This exercise is to be done at the beginning of every drawing class for every
page as it slots the students mind into line control (allow 5 min. maximum).