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Re: teaching perspective at what age?

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wellj44_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Mar 13 2004 - 10:48:18 PST


marcia lavery <marciadotcom@yahoo.com> wrote:

>Hmmm.. perspective. Thinking back to my own schooling.. we were introduced to it maybe in Jr. High, we did a hallway perspective drawing in high school (but I still didn't "get it")

Hello. I think we should consider the young art student's needs. I remember reading that Renaissance perspective is something that should be introduced only when the individual child indicates a need for it -- or an interest or the desire to make his/her buildings look more "3-D". Other than that, I'd agree with 6th or 7th grade for a formal 'whole class' lesson, and then not make a big deal out of it if a child disregards the concept. And, for goodness sake (as my Nanna used to say), balance the artistic goals of project options to include expressive, fantasy, design explorations as often as we reinforce our Western European fondness for deep space. Thanks for reading. J.

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