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Re: teaching perspective at what age?


Date: Sat Mar 13 2004 - 13:06:35 PST

Kids with poor fine motor don't have an easy time with point plotting
and precision that is involved in perspective. I have had great results
with many 5th graders doing aerial perspective cities with large
freehand drawings of superheroes, winged beasts, giant wasps, angels,
etc. flying over them. You draw that first, or you could cut those out
and collage them over the city. Kids loved doing those. Most got the
buildings, most got the window placements and diminishing size issue,
but some were totally frustrated by the windows and what happens if you
are not precise. I LOVE the visual perspective ideas in Drawing on the
Right Side of the Brain. All kids can learn to use their pencil to
measure angles, transfer them to their paper, and so on. I begin
teaching that in 3rd grade and kids do pretty well with it. Learning to
draw in perspective was the beginning of my feeling that I wanted to
switch to an art major in college. A neighbor taught me a lot in one
afternoon and I thought I could draw anything! I am one of those people
who had crummy art teachers and no believers in ME as a kid. It was a
complete shock to all when I switched into art. If my friend had not
showed me what she was learning in her Interiors Rendering Class, who
knows what I would be doing now!

Linda Woods

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