Excerpt from Cusack's Freehand Ornament: A d104 Book With Chapters on Elements, Principles, and Methods of Freehand Drawing, for the General Use of Teachers and Students of Public and Elementary Schools; For Students in Training Colleges, and for Elementary Art Students Twenty years ago it was generally believed that only a very small portion of the population were born with natural ability to draw, and that it was useless for the remainder to try. Now, however, it is generally admitted that all can develop a certain amount of ability to draw. Drawing has become general in elementary schools, and is recognised as a help in almost every trade or profession. This sudden popularity of the subject must make it very hard for teachers, who find a large proportion of their pupils with natural ability far below the average. To make headway at all with such pupils, definite method is essential. The object of this book is to teach definite methods, and to impress them on the mind by repetition. The Plates are therefore numerous, tending to increase interest in the subject by constant change in the material to which method is applied. They are carefully graduated from a few elementary lines to a stage beyond the requirements of the usual elementary examinations. An analysis of each Plate is given, and the different steps shown so that by working on the lines suggested the student acquires a definite method of procedure, which becomes so much a habit with him, by constant use, that he will naturally apply it to any drawing he may attempt, whether at an examination or elsewhere. The preliminary chapters deal with Elements, Principles, and Methods, only so far as they are "to the point," or directly helpful in this subject. There are many other Elements, not so common as those used, and also many other Principles of Ornament, but they are for the designer, and not essential for the elementary student of drawing. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.