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1 & 2 point perspective

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Sat, 9 Nov 1996 10:00:34 -0500

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Hi folks-

As a first year teacher, I was writing lesson plans for the impending 6th
grade unit on linear perspective. I planned on introducing this unit on
Wednesday by having them do warm up drawings of buildings or the school
halls, depending on the weather. I thought it might be a good idea to
critique the drawings, leading them into the discovery that they need some
tricks to make 3-D objects look 3-D on a 2-D surface. After that I was
just going to plunge into 1 point perspective.

But then it occured to me that no doubt many of you more experienced
teachers on our listserve probably have good ideas to spice up a sometimes
dry unit of study. I'd like the students to understand how perspective
works, but I hate the thoughts of those 1 & 2 point perspective drawings of
boring city streets. I also want them to free themselves of dependence on
rulers as soon as possible. Can any of you suggest any methods of
motivation or demonstration? Are there any production activities which are
easily adapted to a wide range of modalities?

I feel either LINE or perhaps SPACE could be the connecting element.
Considering sequencing, in reverse chronological order we just completed:
Calder influenced wire sculptures we refered to as "Lines in Space,";
before that we did editions of prints from glue line blocks; we made the
glue line blocks from contour line self-portrait drawings; we began the
line unit with blind-contour figures, hands, and flowers.

Any good ideas out there? Has anyone used the Betty Edwards method with
success? Thank in advance for our help.

Mark Alexander
1-8 Art on the Cart
Lee H. Kellogg School
Falls Village, CT 06031

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