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Re: Perspective drawing with rubberbands and clocks

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Mark Alexander (Alexander)mamjam)
Mon, 11 Nov 1996 08:50:26 -0500

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Dear Marilyn,

Both these ideas are great, Marilyn! Especially the rubber band idea. I
may just try this one some time!

Thanks, everyone, for all your viewpoints from all your different perspectives!

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

>Re: all the input on perspective: Has anyone used any of the following two
>1. This works well with elementary children. Make cardboard frames (the
>cardboard needs to be stiff) sort of like a large slide frame, which you can
>use to look through at the street scene or whatever you are drawing in
>perspective....put a rubberband on it from the left side to the right
>side....the rubber band should be taut....then the kids look through the
>frame, line up the rubberband with the angle of the roof, street or
>whatever, and then bring that down to their drawing and that way they get
>the angle teaches them to really "see" the way a roof slants
>etc....(by the way, I always hand out the little plastic slide frames (you
>can buy them by the box) at the beginning of the year and teach them to look
>through it to "compose" their picture when looking at a still life,
>landscape or whatever...its handy, doesn't take up room, is cheap, and
>really helps in composition....
>2. Make a clock on a sheet of see-through plastic.....The kids should
>identify what angle something like a roof top is, by saying that is a four
>o'clock angle.....that is an eight o'clock angle....after a while they can
>mentally form the image without using the plastic really
>I know the above methods aren't very mathematical, but the elementary school
>kids they are very visual and work well..
>Marilyn Juda-Orlandi

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