On Fri, 17 May 1996, Ckart wrote:
> Sorry, I lost your address, but here are some resources that might help
> your group at the museum.
> >From EYEWITNESS ART (Dorling Kindersley) the book PERSPECTIVE. This is an
> excellent resource that covers theory and techniques from the Renaissance
> to Pop Art. Some really neat photos of measuring devices, as well as art
> Also, there is a video series called "Behind the Scenes" (University of
> Nebraska, Lincoln). The first video deals with the illusion of depth. The
> program hosts are Penn and Teller, and the featured artist is David
> Hockney. My fifth and sixth graders loved it. There is a teacher's guide
> that accompanies the series, which has related curriculum (math, social
> studies, science) activities.
> Finally, here is a lesson (in abbreviated form) that I did with my third
> graders this year. We view Van Gogh's "The Bedroom at Arles," discuss the
> artist (Art History), use the inquiry method to describe as much as they
> can identify in the picture -- usually objects to begin with, but also
> mood. Then I start leading them into the illusion of depth observations
> (i.e., things get smaller, things get higher, things overlap). We used a
> ruler to compare the size of the chairs (Math).
> I demonstrate how to draw a Van Gogh corner -- vertical line (mid paper) to
> the top of the paper, horizontal line to the side of the paper, and a
> diagonal line to a bottom corner of the paper.
> The fun begins when I tell them they are going to redesign their own
> bedrooms. Their drawing must include a bed, drawn in the manner of Van
> Gogh (they struggle a little here and I demonstrate again at the board),
> and can include any other objects, using the 3 previously discussed
> We used watercolor to paint the big areas: walls, floor, bed, other
> furniture. When dry, they completed the picture by using markers to
> add/color in smaller details. Although this took three sessions, the
> objectives were met as the students: learned about an artist, learned
> another technique to improve their drawing skills, gained more confidence
> in working with and controling watercolors, used their creative ideas, and
> had fun in the process.