I started by showing my classes this video of a time lapse one point perspective drawing of an alley way. During the video I asked my students to make observations about what was happening, what the artist was doing, or using to help him create his art. They were so transfixed! After the video I had the kids discuss with their table mates what they observed and then everyone, yes EVERYONE, took turns sharing. I got some great answers, here is what the students said:
-He used a ruler almost the whole time.
-He drew lightly with a pencil and then darkened it with a pen.
-He started in the center, from a point.
-Everything in the middle is smaller.
-He started with lines, but then suddenly it turned into a city.
-He used diagonal lines.
-At the end the drawing was 3D.
Afterward we dissected the main parts of 1 point perspective and added it into our sketchbook. Key vocabulary we included: Horizon Line, Vanishing Point, Orthogonals, and Transversals.
The next day we reviewed the terms and took our learning to the hallway! Each table had a different colored masking tape and sharpies to label the pieces they added to the wall. (FYI Orthogonals take up A LOT of tape, we ran out of that color and had to switch some things around.)
|Trying to make sure our Horizon Line is actually horizontal!|
|Adding windows making sure we've got the right diagonal angle!|
|This was so fun and colorful too!|
The next phase of this one point perspective unit we also talked about birds eye view and we got started working on our own drawings. I gave the students a choice between the street view and birds eye view because I wanted them to have the option and also so that they would feel like were invested in the process.
|We're gonna make a round about street in the center here!|
|Adding details! (sorry it's upside down!)|
How do you keep your kids, and yourself, excited about teaching perspective?