Sunday, January 28, 2018

1st Grade Birdseye Perspective Snowpeople



I use this lesson to introduce 1st graders to the art (and broader) concept of perspective.  Before getting into what perspective means in art, I read aloud the book, They All Saw a Cat by Brendan Wenzel, which illustrates how different species might view the same cat very differently.  We also talk about how I have to think about perspective when I write from the point of view of different characters.

After the students cut out their three snowperson body parts, I challenge them to arrange them how a bird flying straight above might see the snowperson.  Eventually we figure out the parts would be stacked as in the above example.  In part of another session, students added arms, hats, and scarves, continuing to think about perspective in their placement of these accessories on their snowpeople and how it's easier to cut out these pieces if we think about them as collections of simple shapes.


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