Friday, January 14, 2011
5th Grade One Point Perspective
I've always struggled with teaching perspective to 5th graders. I actually enjoy perspective drawing in part because of Pat Welch, a fantastic instructor at CCAD. I have found that teaching perspective to drawing to 5th grade kids can be a little dry at times. Some kids really dive into it, but there are always those who really struggle.
I went about teaching it a little differently this year. I broke down the steps even more than I have in previous years and opened up the project to be what each student wanted it to be. My only requirement was that there needed to be at least eight shapes drawn in correct one point perspective. The project could be painted, outlined in sharpie, colored with colored pencils, or just left as plain pencil. The students really dove into it this year. I ended up with the best results I've ever had out of this project. In addition I had a little contest for kids to draw the most difficult shape they could outside of class. Blick Art Materials donated a bunch of sketchbooks to me last summer. Four 5th graders were chosen as contest winners and get to take home a sketchbook with a drawing from me inside of it.