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Re: perspective for 5th grade and beyond


Date: Sat Feb 08 2003 - 09:24:33 PST

My fifth graders just completed a wonderful unit on perspective that I
will post soon to our lower school art gallery website.
(enter through fine arts button, click on lower school art gallery.) We
did aerial perspecitves abd drew something flying over a city...giant
wasps, angels, kittens asleep on clouds, superheroes, flying boats,
toasters, etc. These were shaded and cut out, then mounted with 3-D-Os
(little round foam dots with sticky on both sides) to their one point
aerial pespective drawings of cities. While they were overcome with
fear at the beginning that they would not be able to accomplish this
task, careful reteaching and frequent oral reminders of steps to follow
in sequence, as well as handouts that detailed such things as:
connecting round and angular rooftops to the vanishing point; how to
parallel rooftops with groundlines on each plane of a building; the way
to measure for window spacing on a building to make the windows diminish
in size and distance apart mathematically; and a sheet that showed them
how to set up letters in perspective, draw domes, towers, crosswalks,
flagpoles, and so forth. I put together a power point presentation of
Escher and an incredible Belgian artist by the name of Breccia. I have
his catalogue from a show here in Houston years ago. I am trying to
find some of Breccia's art online and will update you on my findings and
post the pictures they drew soon.

Linda Woods, lower school art gallery.
St. John's School in Houston, Texas