been happy in, the resemblance of friends she has loved, what a new source of intellectual enjoyment would be opened to her. And not to her alone. The influence of that refinement of sentiment and taste, that must ever follow, will extend throughout her life, and spread a charm about her, which will be seen and felt in all her associations, whatever be her destiny.
The importance of Drawing, as a part of popular education, and the want, so generallv expressed, of some popular work on the subject, by which it could be introduced, not only into schools, but home instruction, has led to the publication of the American Drawing-Book. It is given to the public with the ardent hope that it may, in some degree, awaken an interest in a branch of knowledge that has been, hitherto, strangely neglected among the people of the United States; not so much from indiiference to its importance, as from the want of efficient means of its acquirement.
Of Teachers, all that can be required, is, to give it a fair experiment.
Of Pupils, is to be asked, a faithful observance of the course of study recommended — not to grow weary, if sometimes they find their patience taxed too heavily. Let them be assured, that nothing more is demanded of them than is believed to be absolutely necessary to their advancement. If, at any time, a doubt should arise in their minds, as to the utility of that which is required of them, let them persevere a little farther, and they will be satisfied. There are few secrets to teach: all must depend upon their own exertions. The business of the Guide is to direct their steps in the right way, and to supply them with such information as they may require m their progress, not to bear them on his shoulders. The correction of their own errors, and the knowledge of the means of their success, will supply the rest. One promise, in conclusion, can be safely made: the gain will well repay the effort Let them not hesitate, for fear of failure, but be assured, that the measure of their success will be in proportion to their exertions. When once they liave passed through the elementary studies of art, they will need no incentive beyond the reward they will receive in its practice — a new world of enjoyment, a new sense to appreciate its worth, will be their recompense, and they will never regret the day of theii beginning.
facility of hand is one of the first requisites in drawing, whatever instrument be employed, whether Pencil, Pen, Brush.
or Modelling tool. Many are by nature endowed with a certain mechanical dexterity, or happy readiness with the lingers, to whom this facility is of easy acquirement; and all possess it, to a certain degree, or they could not be taught to write, which, in the beginning, is nothing more than the drawing of certain conventional forms, without any distinct idea of an object beyond the imitation of such forms. The first u pot-hook and hanger," is, clearly, Drawing. If the pupil has improved upon this humble beginning, so as to write a fair hand, he already, perhaps unconsciously, possesses an acquirement that will not only make easy his first essays in drawing, but essentially serve him, however far its pursuit may be extended. Should this useful accomplishment have been neglected, he can not do better than practise his hand in the careful imitation of good specimens of penmanship, or place himself under the instruction of some good writing-master. The use of the pen has been too much overlooked by draughtsmen, especially by amateurs. It produces a certain line, and induces an early habit of care and accuracy, from the fact that it can not be easily erased. Many are falsely captivated by the spirited dash of a master, who overlook the means by which that ease and freedom have been acquired. It is the result of accuracy and labor; and to imitate the end, we should not shrink from the beginning. Let us lay well the foundation, before we begin the structure. He who starts with the black-
lead pencil in one hand, and the Indian rubber in the other, will find, however convenient the latter may be, that he will soon fall into a loose and slovenly habit, of which it will be difficult to
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