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Re: perspective for 5th grade and beyond

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ARopple_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Feb 08 2003 - 15:36:24 PST


I agree on this -- it is amazing to see which students get it right away, and
which students struggle. In my own experience, I remember drawing a
cityscape in 2 pt as a 7th grade project with no connection to what I could
actually see around me, and not being able to make that connection myself.
The picture looked fine, but it didn't help me draw what I could see. I also
did a miserable job at geometry at that point! Later on, I understood
perspective techniques and could use them (and teach them!) I think that
students brains need to "be in the right place" for this type of drawing, and
that there must be a developmental component. Some of my students just can't
understand linear perspective well enough to use it, despite being taught and
retaught using a variety of different strategies. They might learn the
system in an abstract way, but can't always connect it to real spaces around
them.
Amy R.

> It's a wonderment each time I teach perspective to see just which students
> will master it and who won't. I'm always amazed at the outcome because I
> can
> never picked them out beforehand. Interesting topic. Toodles....Bunki
>

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