How to teach kids' art lessons on perspective

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How to teach kids' art lessons on perspective
Children learn to think three dimensionally through perspective drawing. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Teaching a child to think three dimensionally can be challenging, but there are many ways to make it fun and interesting. You can teach atmospheric perspective by drawing landscapes and making objects that are farther away lighter and blurrier and those in the foreground darker and clearer. Children can learn linear perspective by overlapping objects such as buildings in a city scene, and one-point perspective becomes easier with simple lessons as well.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Square sheet of paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Two-inch square cardboard template

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Instruct children to use the ruler and square cardboard template to create squares on a sheet of paper. Squares should be two inches by two inches. Ask them to trace the squares in a ring around the outside edge of the paper. The centre of each square needs to be on the paper, but edges can go off.

  2. 2

    Tell children to make a dot on their paper, centred horizontally and slightly above centre vertically. This dot is called the vanishing point. They will then use the ruler to draw straight lines connecting it to each corner of all the squares, without drawing through any squares. Make these lines light, as they will erase them later. Explain to children that all lines that depict depth radiate out from the vanishing point.

  3. 3

    Instruct children to draw cubes using the lines previously drawn from the vanishing point. Parallel lines connect the vertical vanishing point lines.

  4. 4

    Have children erase all the lines that are not part of a cube. Explain to them that these lines are used to help guide us in creating depth and should not be seen in the finished drawing. Next, draw holes in the cubes and then draw a rope entering and exiting each cube continuously.

  5. 5

    Instruct children to trace the lines with a black marker once the drawing is finished. Give them coloured pencils and show them how to use varying pressure for different shades of colour. Colour the original squares lightest, with darker colours as shadow on the other surfaces. Finally, tell the children to colour the background.

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