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I think of it as one device - a mathmatical one - that helps us
translate what we know into what we see. when I teach "perspective" to
elem kids, I explain that linear perspective is one of several devices
artists use to create a 3-d illusion on a 2-d surface. others are
overlapping, diminishing size, aerial or atmospheric, color, etc. I
think when I show it to them from that perspective (sorry:), it might be
less intimidating. Also elementary kids love to learn new tricks, and
maybe don't have such a highly developed and fragile identity to deal
with as your MSers. Still would like to see that research...
linda in michigan