First Year Drawing by D. R. Augsburg First Year Drawing by D. R. Augsburg    

Lesson 23: Two-Handed Circle (Direction, Action, and Rhythm)

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The aim in these rhythmic or two-handed exercises is to give skill, speed, and grace to the two hands working together. Spend 5 minutes a day on these exercises at a blackboard or whiteboard. If you have no large blackboard or whiteboard, tape two pieces of paper to the desk, one piece for each hand.

  1. Demonstrate to children how to use both hands to produce the simple circles as shown in figure A.
  2. Have children grasp 2 writing implements (chalk, dry erase marker, pencil), one in each hand.
  3. Show children the circles in the lesson image. Say "Look," and allow the children to observe the image.
  4. Next say, "Draw," and have the children draw the left-hand and right-hand sides of the image using both hands simultaneously.
  5. Say "Erase" and have the children erase the image if using blackboard/chalkboard or secure two new pieces of paper.
  6. Repeat these steps with A, B, C, D, and E over the week.