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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.
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.
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.
Here is an amazingly thorough, and detailed, lesson plan on elements of art and art appreciation. Designed for third graders, this series of lessons should open up the eyes of your charges to the wonderful world of art that is all around them every day. The four main topics are: art appreciation, elements of art, relevance of art, and original art. Fantastic activities and hands-on art projects are embedded in this fine plan.
Good art instruction starts with building an understanding of the elements or art, design, and observation. Upper graders complete a drawing instructional activity where they observe and draw their hands. They reference other art works that emphasize the hands, and use those references to critique their own work.
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.
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.
Ninth graders examine Lewis and Clark. For this American explorers lesson, 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.