This is a lesson that has been floating around the art blogs for some time. I originally saw the lesson posted here, on the Waunakee Community School District website, by art teacher Sophie Wagner-Marx. She has some great student examples and a handout posted- thanks Sophie!!
This is a great lesson in both one-point perspective and creativity.
I've taught this lesson to Grades 7-10 and they all really enjoy it.
So first, students draw some random shapes on a sheet of paper- I encourage them to be geometric, as it's just easier in the end. Encourage a variety of shapes and sizes.
Next, somewhere on the page, draw a dot. This will be the 'vanishing point'. Using a ruler and a pencil, lightly connect all the corners of each shape to the vanishing point.
Then draw the edges of the shapes by drawing a parallel line beside each shape.
Erase the rest of the lines that go past the shape.
Then, draw circles on the front of your shapes, and ovals on the sides.
This is where your chosen object is going to wind through. Choose an object, and have it start somewhere on your page, and then 'stretch' or wind it through all the holes in the shapes.
Students come up with some really creative ideas for this project- it always surprises me everytime I teach it. Students can colour these with pencil crayons, markers or watercolours.
I encourage them to shade the shapes, so they look really 3-D.
Here are some Grade 9 results:
|Dice- how clever!|