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Re: Sighting Method of Perspective

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Sat, 9 Nov 1996 12:34:41 -0500

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>I have used the Betty Edward's sighting method with kids for several years.
>For the first time, they actually "see" the same angles I do (of course as I
>work with them I have to get my head as close to theirs as possible so that
>our viewpoints are similar). This seems to stick with them, too. They tend to
>use it more later on.
>I also have done their names or favorite words in one and two point
>perspective before introducing the sighting method, and some groups
>traditional 2 point perspective drawings This demonstrates to them the
>difference in the mathematical approach vs. the visual one. The visual one
>wins them over almost every time.
>Still lifes of a stack of cardboard boxes (flaps extended for older students)
>or bricks and concrete blocks have worked well for me.
>Good luck! It always takes me a lot of one on one time with many kids to get
>them to grasp any of these methods. If you get any awesome ideas, please pass
>Mary Jane

Thanks, Mary Jane,

In my own drawings, I use a sight reference method similar to the Edwards
approach, combined with an understanding of linear perspective. Thom
Maltbie suggests a see-through plexi glass method. Perhaps a combination
will work.

To share ideas, I'll forward to the list.

Thanks so much for your suggestions. They help a lot.


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