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Re: linear perspective K-12

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Gary LaTurner (
Sat, 18 May 1996 06:45:19 -0700 (PDT)

Another thought on linear perspective:
A few years ago the Bellevue Art Museum did an educational program that
referred to linear perspective. One of the tools we used, which is
commercially available, architectural grid paper. The paper is designed
to help draw constructions using one,two, and three point perspective.
The paper can be photocopied and distributed to the students. Try major
art supply stores or university book stores where architectural design is
taught. One packet contains different points-of-view within a type of
perspective format. We used the paper to help students draw creative
views of what they would like their own rooms to look like.
Gary LaTurner

On Fri, 17 May 1996, Ckart wrote:

> Deborah
> 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
> objects.
> 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
> slanting
> 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
> guidelines.
> 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.
> Cheryl