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Sky lines

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craig roland (rol1851.EDU)
Tue, 11 Mar 1997 21:55:52 -0500

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To Heidi and others interested in the "skyline" phenomenon, Lowenfeld
offers an interesting perspective worth consideration. I quote here from
his book, Creative and Mental Growth:

"A counterpart to the base line appears in drawings as a sky line. This is
usually drawn at the top of the page, and the space between this and the
base line is identified by children as being air. As adults we usually
think of the sky in pictures as coming down to ground level; however, this
is actually an optical illusion. Not only does the sky never actually meet
the ground, but of course there is no tangible sky, only an accumulation of
air over a dark background. The concept of the sky above, ground below,
and air between is just as valid as our concept that the sky and ground
meet. Both are illusions."


CRAIG ROLAND. Associate Professor-Art Education.
Department of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville Florida.
32611-5801. (352) 392-9165 - Art Ed Office (352) 392-8453 - Fax

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