Re: Teaching Perspective in High School...a slow death
- I have enjoyed teaching perspective and find that the success rate is extremely high because its just following a set of rules. However, having moved from the high school to the elementary i understand the struggle of teaching perspective to high schoolers. The basics (like how to use a ruler) need to be taught to the high schoolers again and these basics can get very redunant and take away from the project.
That being said I would figure out what you want the students to walk away with. I want my students to independently create a horizon line, correct number of vanishing points, a shape, connect corners to vp., use a ruler and color according to light source. I teach basic concepts and give a set of guidelines for their project (whats listed above) then have them create their name in block letters, a # of geometric shapes, # of abstract shapes, # of round shapes which gives them ownership of the project while acheiving a common goal. I also work on 12x18 paper which reduces the confusing clustering effect of construction lines.
We also do 2 point on the computers for a couple of classes. Students get to work with layers, effects designing a buidling. The computers allow for easy fixing of mistakes and alot faster than a ruler!
--- In email@example.com, "Brandy" <bergiemoore@...> wrote:
> I guess I get excited about those technical aspects of art so I love perspective and the golden mean :)
> Question- what is your goal when you teach perspective? Do you have a project you're working on with them, and this is a the tool they need in their art arsenal to reach that goal? I find it's easier to sell hard things to do to my kids when they see the method to my madness and the goal of their hard work.
> I think it might be helpful to get an exciting project to work on and then teach this as means for completing the project- maybe trompe d'oeil murals for door covers. That way you could have many door "canvases" (painting on heavy butcher paper) and then hang them up around the school for a week/month/whatever. Perspective would play a vital role to that project.
> I find that middle and high schoolers like to break the rules, so teach them perspective so they can create unique and fun drawings, painting, etc, by breaking the rules you just taught them. If they can use perspective to create an interesting background, they can create one shape and move it around the page- keeping it all the same size as it moves around- and then have giant, menacing butterflies, or huge god sized chairs on mountains. If you pair this lesson with surrealism you would also get the added bonus of some good examples and more bang for your teaching moment.
> I teach 1, 2, & 3 point perspective as well as reductive perspective (the method for showing how objects decrease in space towards vanishing points.) The last one is actually more useful and practical then 3 point, and I usually have the kids make it so they're name descends into the distance.
> --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "miladyrigel" <ariel.kellogg@> wrote:
> > I need help! I've only been teaching for about two and a half years and have painfully struggled through Perspective drawing. I am capable of teaching it and most of the students understand, however, I am finding it to be my least favorite subject. I try and teaching all 3 points and it bores me to death. I need some advice as to what you teach in perspective, and what the assignments like. Or if you even teach all three in the same level. Thanks!