Sunday, October 11, 2015

5th Grade One-Point Perspectives

Artwork by Maddie

One way artists convey space is by using perspective.  Fifth graders took a crack at perspective by creating these one-point perspective drawings, learning how to construct their perspectives using a horizon line, vanishing point, and multiple guidelines.  They also studied how one-point perspective was used in DaVinci's The Last Supper and other Renaissance paintings.  In this lesson, I de-emphasized the realism of the student's details (for example, letting them know that "lollipop" trees were perfectly acceptable), preferring instead that they concentrated on learning how perspective works to show space or depth.  In their final session working on the drawings, I gave students the choice of either adding more details to their landscapes or adding color with watercolor paint. One rewarding aspect of this lesson was noting how some students who aren't necessarily adept at more "freewheeling" types of art quickly adapted to this more "mechanical" type of drawing.  Maybe some future architects and engineers were born!

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