When kids begin drawing they naturally draw flat shapes that get put together to make objects, think coloring book style pencil outlines. This lesson introduce one point perspective to take drawings from flat to fat!
Moving from drawing shapes to three dimensional forms gives a sense of realism to their artwork that kids find exciting. Forms that “pop” right off the paper are fun and easy once you have a few tips to get started on the right foot!
Crash course in one point perspective…
One point perspective is a mathematical system for representing three dimensional objects on a two dimensional surface by means of intersecting lines that radiate from one point on a horizon.
In order for this process to click with kids they need to have a bit of vocabulary to build on.
A horizon line is the point in the distance at which the land and sky meet.
The vanishing point is the point on the horizon at which sets of parallel lines appear to converge.
Parallel lines are two or more lines that will never meet no matter how far they are extended.
Let’s try it….
The first printable exercise allows students to take a square and make it into a cube. Simple, right?
Follow along with the illustrations to help your kiddo make their cube “pop!”
Printable number two….
Printable number two takes the same concept and uses the same steps to make other shapes “pop” into three dimensional forms.
For more information check out this free printable about the element of space and other techniques that artists use to create the illusion of space within their art work.
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