Linear Perspective Teacher Resources
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Discovering Linear Perspective
Students explain the historical development and context of linear perspective in two-dimensional works of art and the concept of linear perspective in two-dimensional works of art. They analyze the use of linear perspective in Renaissance paintings.
Ahhh the vanishing point! Sounds ominous, but it's not. Fifth graders analyze the use of perspective in Renaissance art. They practice using linear perspective to draw railroad tracks that seem to go on forever. Tip: Make this lesson as much about math as it is about art by discussing the measurement, angles, lines, and shapes used to create linear perspective.
Perspective drawing is a key component to mastering artistic technique. Upper graders discuss and practice elements of perspective drawing, such as vanishing point, linear perspective, and spacial relationships. They then draw a corner of a room, taken from a magazine or real life.
Ratios and Proportions
Young scholars write an article about an artist using math in his work. In this algebra instructional activity, students apply properties of linear equations and ratios as it relate to shapes and figure. They analyze different architectures for shapes and designs.
Drawing with Linear Perspective
Drawing with linear perspective requires spacial and mathematical reasoning as well as an understanding of the Renaissance period. Fifth graders discuss the first painting created with linear perspective, then analyze several others found throughout history. They use the very specific geometric formula, their rulers, lines and rays to compose a piece full of perspective.
Dimensional Space: Various Perspectives
Young scholars use their understanding of 3D on 2D to make a representation of a 4D form on paper.
Trains in Perspective
Pupils research the use of perspective in Renaissance art and then imitate some of its techniques as they design and draw the plans for a train station. They finalize the plans using a draw or paint program.
Politics and Religion in 17th Century Dutch Art
Seventh graders examine different pieces of Dutch Art. They identify its social and political meanings by using cultural and historical information. They examine maps of the time period as well.
2-point linear perspective
Every person has a different perspective of what symbolizes his life and experiences. Emergent artists create three visual metaphors as they compose a two-point linear perspective drawing. This drawing incorporates literal perspective by means of drawing techniques, and personal perspective in the symbolism chosen to represent aspects of life.
Using Leonardo's Window
Students look through one eye and trace the outlines of objects seen through a window to create a drawing with natural and correct perspective.
Students create a unique view of modern Paris in Paris Street; Rainy Day, Gustave Caillebotte experimented with plunging perspective. By examining the painting, students learn the conventions of perspective used to create a sense of depth in art.
Space and Perspective
What was so great about Renaissance artists? They gave us perspective, which allowed us to fill space with visual reality. Learners are shown various images that pre-date the Renaissance and discuss how space was used to convey a conceptual reality. They then see the changes made to art style and when perspective was introduced during the Renaissance period. How to produce an image with perspective is also covered.
Early Renaissance :Italy 1400-1450
Who were the great artists of the Early Renaissance period? Learn about Brunelleschi, Ghilberti, Donatello, Micheloz, Alberti, Albertizo, Botticelli, and Mantegna. The great works of each artist are shown along with a description of their lives and their contributions to the Renaissance era.
A Picture's Worth 500-700 Words: Neoclassical Painting Analysis and Creative Write
Middle schoolers survey Neoclassical art and create a narrative based on their analyses. Focused questions and relevant background information provided by the Getty Museum provides a great foundation for students to understand art techniques as well as artist intent.
Rivers, Edens, Empires: Lewis & Clark
Ninth graders examine Lewis and Clark. In this American explorers lesson plan, 9th graders use the Library of Congress Web-site to access and analyze primary sources that enable them to understand the process and concepts behind the conservation movement and westward exploration.
Act It Out
Young scholars use two 19th-century paintings of people in leisure settings as inspiration for dramatic presentations. After viewing some paintings, groups of students construct a dialogue, envisioning what the characters in the paintings might be saying.
Students will develop an understanding design space. The arrangement of shapes is taught to create simple perspective. The differences in the size of shapes is shown in order to help learners see how they should be arranged in relationship to location.
Youth and Beauty: Art of the American Twenties
While the lesson is lacking in procedure, it does provide a wealth of information on artist Yasuo Kuniyoshi. Information on his life, art, and inspirations can provide you with insights into creating learning activities that convey the changes seen in art during the 1920s. Good discussion questions are included, as well as three full-sized images.
Compare and Contrast Photograph Art
Take a trip down Pearblossom Highway with this lesson about comparing and contrasting. Using David Hockney's Pearblossom Hwy and another image of the same highway (photograph or other image), students compare and contrast the two artworks showing the same image. They write a descriptive composition based on the images, recognize one-point perspective in artwork, then apply this perspective in a drawing they create. This lesson includes additional extension activities.
After Impressionism from Van Gogh to Matisse (1886 - 1906)
Students plan a museum visit to study Impressionist paintings and its artists. In this Impressionism lesson, students examine the colors and perception of space in Impressionist artwork. Students recognize the characteristic elements of Impressionist paintings.