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Lesson Plans

Fun with Perspective

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Wed, 5 Nov 1997 22:54:24 -1000

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I used to use a flying furniture picture for single point perspective. I
do a lecture/demo thing on the board and the kids follow along creating
simple boxes with me in their sketchbooks. We do several angles and views
of a box and then I show them how to translate this into some simple block

Their final project is projecting a lot of furniture flying about in space,
as if an explosion has taken place. Vanishing points need not be
consistent since this is space--they put them where ever they want, but
there must be a vanishing point for each piece of furniture. I ask them to
vary the sizes a lot with some pieces very large and falling off the edge
of the page. They can also introduce some shadows to show one piece
hovering over another. Its usually pretty successful because everyone can
do the assignment at their own level. More advanced or gifted students
will draw more elaborate furniture and some may introduce other elements
like fruit flying out of a bowl from one of the tables. You can do this
flying furniture thing combining one and two point perspective.

When I assign the typical street or hallway perspective scenes, the kids
liven them up by creating bombed and boarded up buildings, parking lots and
characters on the sidewalks.

For two-point perspective, a corner store in a mall is a popular
assignment. They can make the stores anything they want.

Deb Rosenbaum.

The Surgeon's Motto: "Never say 'oops!', always say 'there!'

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