Tuesday, November 13, 2018

5th Grade - One Point Perspective Abstracts inspired by Fernand Leger

Students love learning one-point perspective. Drawing a shape 3 dimensionally is very exciting a satisfying! I have taught perspective in many ways, but this might be my favorite! 

After a comprehensive slideshow and video demonstrating how to draw shapes in perspective with a horizon line and vanishing point. Students practice until mastery on a 12x18. Drawing at least 15-20 shapes on both sides. 

The next day, we look at several paintings by Fernand Leger. Students discuss how he used perspective in his work and paints with highlights and shadows to create forms. 

On a new paper, I demonstrate drawing at least 5 shapes in one-point perspective, however, I use at least 3 different vanishing points, moving them around. After the 5 shapes, students may draw more to the background, keeping it simple and flat. We outlined with black PITT pens.  When coloring with oil pastels, we started with the 5 shapes, being sure to blend light to dark. When coloring the shapes in the background, color blending them light to dark like the 3D shapes gives the illusion of more dimensions! My students LOVED this project! I highly recommend it!!! 


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