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Re: 1 & 2 point perspective

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Sat, 9 Nov 1996 11:31:36 -0500

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> Have them draw a particularly "perspective-ish" view of the corner
>of a room or hall or outside view of a building on a piece of glass while
>looking through it, tracing the lines of the corners and intersections of
>ceilings and walls on the glass (or on a piece of vellum taped to the
>glass). Also, Renaissance artists used a frame device with a grid of
>threads that they looked through, then drew on a similarly gridded paper.
>Both methods require that the head of the draftsman remain still throughout
>the drawing.
> I've never seen any of the one- or two-point perspective drawing
>exercises that looked anything like real. Kids don't learn to see by
>formulae.Thanks for listening.
>Thom Maltbie

Dear Thom,

Thanks for the see-through perspective idea! Maybe I'll just leave the
rulers in the closet, and put the plexi-glass on the cart!

I notice that in Social Studies, the 6th grade is doing the Federalist era.
I hope the weather is good, because our small village consists primarily
of Federalist style houses. It might be interesting to discuss Federalist
architecture while studying perspective through the plexiglass.

And as for the kids learning by formula, your comments echo mine as I
expressed during the Monart drawing debate a few weeks ago. I guess I
needed a reminder.

Thanks for the quick reply!


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