Learn how to draw a room in one point perspective. Lots of parallel lines make it easy to spot the vanishing point.
One point perspective is a drawing method that shows how things appear to get smaller as they get further away, converging towards a single ‘vanishing point’ on the horizon line. It’s a way of drawing objects upon a flat piece of paper so that they look three-dimensional and realistic.
One point perspective can be as dramatic as train tracks converging in the distance or it can be subtle, showing a slightly straight row of trees or group of people. In this tutorial, the example is a simple room with a door and windows. The view outside helps to establish where the horizon line and vanishing point is, so students can see where all the parallel lines converge.
Older elementary students love to learn how to make drawings look more dimensional, so a lesson in one point perspective is a good way to teach them some new concepts. The only catch is that these kinds of drawings usually work best when some kind of guide is in place before getting started.
Template Guides for One Point Drawing
Rather than have students measure out and draw their own guide, which in my experience made class progress come to a crawl and leaves many behind, I created a light template that teachers can print so everyone can get right to drawing. After all, it’s hard for anyone to learn the concept if most of the class is spent trying to draw the perfect guide. Below is a preview of the template, included in the PDF, which includes the outline of the room.
And just for some extra guidance, I added this outline drawing of my sample. It helps to show how all those parallel lines point right to one vanishing point.
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Materials for a One Point Perspective Drawing
- Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
- Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
- Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent marker pens make nice black outlines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
- Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
- Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.
Directions to Draw a One Point Perspective Drawing Step by Step
Time needed: 45 minutes.
How to Draw a Room in One Point Perspective
- Start by tracing the basic room shape.
- Add the frame for a window.
- Draw a horizon line and landscaping.
- Add the right frame for window.
- Fill in a horizon line and more landscaping.
- Draw a frame for a door.
- Finish the inside door.
- Add floor panel lines as shown.
- Trace with a marker and color.