this lesson we will put to practical use such strokes as those given in the
first few lessons. The sketches of this character are often valuable in the
schoolroom when studying the mountains, the hillside, the river, etc., and the
teacher who, with a few strokes of the chalk, can interpret to her class the
thing about which they are studying, and can make an illustration which the
whole class can see and appreciate, has an invaluable gift.
Experiment with the
strokes given at 1, 2 and 3. As in previous lessons the side of the chalk is
used, and the accent is with one end. Try to give the effect of snow, of rocks,
of a bright day, or of a cloudy day, by varying the tone or pressure upon the
chalk. Sometimes use the chalk for sky, leaving the board for the hills. Then
reverse the stroke, letting the sky remain gray and using the chalk to
represent the mountain, accenting with the upper end of the chalk. No. 3 is a
combination of 1 and 2, the chalk being used in both sky and mountain. In No
4, the eraser or a soft bit of cloth is used to take out the trees after the
chalk has been applied.
In the sketch given on the lower part of the
plate combine the suggestions given above. A few short, curving strokes with
the usual accent at one end of the crayon will give the rocks, and the
irregular horizontal and zigzag strokes already given will produce the ripples
in the river, and the foreground.