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Re: 1 & 2 point perspective

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Sat, 9 Nov 1996 11:54:40 -0500

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Hi Mark,
I do use Betty Edwards approach to teaching perspective with my seventh grade
students, and I highly recommend it. I don't find motivation to be a problem
at all -- in fact. they are excited because they can figure this out and they
have always thought that drawing is a majic ability that you either have or
don't have. I use pretty much the whole process, starting with drawing a
table, then a corner of the room, using sighting only. They struggle a bit
here to get it "right" and I offer help in seeing. After that, I show The
Masters of Illusion, an excellent video on the Renaissance masters dealing
with perspective, and then do a one day intro to vanishing point, etc. They
practice that day on drawing the end wall in the art room in 1 pt. and I go
around to make sure everyone is USING the vanishing pt. They can add in
details, as time permits. If they get it, the next day they graduate to
drawing in the halls. I let them choosse to use rulers or not, but they must
apply the use of the vanishing pt. We finish this drawing in a variety of
ways ... those who finish try 2 pt.
This is a unit that I usually turn over to a student teacher, because it is
pretty straightforward and will be something they use. I let them teach
perspective in their own way, so I've seen many approaches to this topic. I
always return to the Edwards method because I think it allows for a deep
understanding---by first seeing that the lines have to slant, they get about
to the point Giotto was at, thn they willingly accept instruction to make the
leap into the Renaissance.
Hope this is helpful.
Marcia Thompson
West Salem Middle School
West Salem, WI 54669

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