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Excerpt from New Methods in Education: Books III and IV; Modelling With Design Modeling compels the use of both hands continually. The more we use our hands the more control we have over those organs, and the more vital we make the connection between the hands and the brain. In model ing we use several channels of impression, the sight, the touch, and the muscular sense. All sculptors get a wonderful sense of form through feel ing or touch; the most beautiful curves and the most delicate portions of some statues being made by the fingers alone. A11 bronze and marble statues are first modeled in clay, and then cut in marble or cast in bronze. The actual thought of the artist, the real manipulative work, is always im pressed ou this plastic medium, that responds to the slightest touch. It is this wonderful feeling that enables the sculptor mentally to grasp almost imperceptible variations and gradations of form that are invisible to the ordinary vision. This seeing-power, as it may be called, is partly the re sult of the tactual impressions on the mind. Touch has been considered by some to be the master sense, one of the first developed, and few realize its importance as a means of training the mind and the judgment. A great part of the knowledge attributed to the sense of sight is received through the touch alone. In these chapters on modeling I have purposely refrained from grading the work too closely. The elementary forms suggested for little children are just as good for adult teachers or others, if they have never handled clay. The exercises on manipulation of course cannot be attempted by very young pupils. The following lessons may be taken in any order desired, and are chie y intended to indicate the variety of things that can be made and one way of making them. The lessons are the result of experience with large numbers, and the forms given are some of the best for class purposes. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at 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."
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