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For one of my perspective lessons for my 6th graders, I have them draw boxes
in perspective floating in space with long worms/snakes, etc. crawling in
and out of the boxes and wrapping themselves around each other, etc. They
have to draw the openings in the boxes in correct perspective, depending on
the side of the box.
They add color with colored pencils showing the correct values in both the
boxes and the worms/snakes (sometimes we just use regular pencil on the
worms). Sometimes they add patterns in their snakes and use colored pencil
Another lesson involves a study of figure drawing, chairs in and
checkerboards in one-point perspective. We also study several works by
Picasso and how he went from realistic looking people, to cubistic looking
people, and on into abstracted people. We also talk about the way he drew
Dora Maar with the long painted fingernails. (and BTW, did you read the
recent article about Dora Maar in the paper recently. I would love to have
been one of her "long-lost heirs".)
Then they draw a large figure as they wish to cover their 9x12 paper, then
they draw a chair in perspective behind the figure, and then add a
checkerboard floor...and add other patterns, objects, etc. as they wish. My
group of 6th graders this time are painting them with watercolor.
E. B. Frink Middle School