First pictorial drawing: After the above, a new drawing of the same same exercise can then phase into a simple landscape with the rudiments of a little hill with a tree at the bottom, or similar basic progression to a picture.
First lesson(s): learning the Shaded Drawing technique and process should begin with a very simple exercise of filling an area of about 6 or 7 inches with well-scattered "raindrops" - i.e., slanted dashes. Guide students to begin with just one dash, then add a very few more looking for the "thirsty spot" on the paper; help them proceed slowly step-by-step so that no organized pattern appears as the drawing slowly fills in. Left-handed students are to make lines that go diagonally from left-top toward right-bottom (example on left). Right-handed students are to make lines that go diagonally from right-top toward left-bottom (example on right).
Alphabet ideas: Drawing the alphabet, or individual letters, can be brought in to help late readers recapitulate the First Grade letter introduction; and/or as a way to illuminate the title of a main lesson book page.