Students can easily give their drawing perspective by making their blowing leaves in a variety of sizes. Add some dark marker lines and colorful crayon details and you have the makings of a very pretty fall painting. This project is now available in my pdf format.
One large, medium and small circle can turn into a fun drawing about hot air balloons. I love showing students what old fashioned balloons looked like, for inspiration. 1. I gave my students 3 templates to trace for the circles. They drew baskets below, and rope lines to attach them. Basket can be drawn with dimension, … Read More
One of the first elements of learning perspective is noticing that things that are far away from you appear smaller than those that are near. Students use precut circles in this project to make hot air balloons that appear to be floating up, up and away… 1. I used circle punches to make three sizes of … Read More
I made my own graph paper for this project by printing a grid of 1/4″ lines on a large piece of paper. This eliminates the need for rulers, and the students can just concentrate on their buildings. 1. Have the students start by drawing a horizon line, about 2″ up from the bottom. Then the students … Read More
Students start with tracing their own hands and shoes to make this large “falling away” drawing. 1. A large piece of paper is needed, about 18″ x 24″ or so, depending on the size of the students. They begin by tracing their own hands just above the middle, and their shoes below. 2. A head is … Read More
The first step in learning to draw with perspective is to notice that foreground items will appear larger than background ones. 1. I demonstrated how to draw a large tree to establish the foreground and how adding a horizon line and smaller trees creates a distant background. They then added any details they wished. 2. They traced their … Read More
The first step in learning perspective is noticing that objects get smaller as they move away. I used this desert landscape theme to have students create lots of visual space in their drawing. 1. A bumpy horizon line is drawn near the bottom of the paper. Three cactus are added; one large, one medium and one … Read More
This idea comes from a funny painting I found in a home decor catalog. I love how it exaggerates the proportions of the cow. 1. I started with a 11″ x 14″ drawing paper, and folded it in half four times to get a grid of guidelines like those shown on my diagram. Have the students … Read More