I would agree. Perspective is something I gently introduce somwhere between the end of 4th and the end of 5th grade. The older the students are, the easier it is to teach. A while back, Kathy, you posted some sort of evaluation of projects from the teachers' point of view. The specific that has had me thinking is whether or not the student is able to repeat and carry the knowledge you've taught them to other situations within art. Example - you teach them perspective step by step, they create a cool city scape. Given the opportunity, will the student repeat the city scape in a new formation? Or might they add or create those boxes for some other purpose? That's kinda my clue as to where that porject is reaching the students. One of my kid's favorites is a variation of stacked boxes - sort of a surrealist frun image. A few of the other teachers on this listserve have successful projects using one point perspective, boxes, holes and rope .Can;t remember whose they were, but they were cool. My son brought home a project in 4th grade with a castle wall, Floor in 1pt. perspective checkerbd. and a dragon, table and chair, folded into that same one pt. perpective. He seemed to manage it fairly successfully, but it didn't recurr in his art.
From: TwoDucks@aol.com [mailto:TwoDucks@aol.com]
Sent: Friday, March 12, 2004 3:08 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re: teaching perspective at what age?
In a message dated 3/12/04 2:57:24 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
Donna: good question! I took a look at the site and would certainly agree with your age assessment. A study of the developmental stages of drawing and child cognative development would suggest that many nine year old students are not "there" yet. This type of exercise has the potential to turn students away from drawing permanently. I do have a few 8-9 year old students students each year who are beginning to see the 3-D possibilities in their drawings and I work one on one with them. By the way, I read over Mr. Hagan's biography. He seems a teacher of many skills, but I did not see experience listed in working with young students.
kathy douglas ---