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The Drawing Teacher Brochure (Partial Transcript)

The Drawing Teacher

A Little Folder of Teaching Projects for the Art Teacher

October 1930

Harry W. Jacobs, Editor

Director, Art Education, Buffalo, N.Y.

Binney and Smith Co., New York

Nature Drawing

Each month we shall offer to the drawing teachers a complete lesson plan of an art project that has proved successful. These projects will place in the hands of each art teacher the method presenting art problems.


In the development of design, plant form was the last to suggest motifs to the worker. The early designs were derived from animals and symbols related to their activities of home and life. To conventionalize nature is to adapt a nature-derived motif to the structural demands of the problem, keeping in mind the material, the tools and the processes involved in executing the problem. It is necessary that the pupil know some of the elementary laws of design before an attempt is made to adapt nature in a conventional form to various projects. In order to acquaint pupils with the many beautiful shapes found in nature, one must learn to express nature forms thru the mediums of crayon and water color.


1. PROJECT: Nature Drawing

2. AIM: To draw in pencil, crayon, and watercolor, plant and flower forms. In the primary grades draw in silhouette and color, emphasizing growth and arrangement. In the intermediate grades, draw in line and local color nature forms to illustrate growth and proportion of parts. In the junior grades drawing in the line and color emphasizing the decorative quality of nature and an appreciation of the beauty of form, line, and color in nature growth.

3. PREPARATION: Teacher: Ability to draw before the class to illustrate aim of lesson, examples of pupil's work. Working material: Pencil, perma or crayola crayons, artista water-color, manila or toned paper.


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