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High [9th-12th] Lesson Plan

1-Point Perspective City

Created on October 17, 2013 by artcsara

A new twist on 1-Point Perspective. Students will draw a circle, create a point in the middle of the circle, and create a city that aligns to the vanishing point. Students will select buildings that they have a personal connection to.

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10 sessions; 40 minutes per session

1. SWBAT Use 1 Point Perspective Effectively.

2. SWBAT Include Personal Structures In Design.

3. SWBAT Use Line Effectively - showing texture and variety in buildings.

4. SWBAT Have A Balance Of Contrast In Their Art Piece.

1. 8 x 10 white paper
2. Compass
3. Scissors
4. Pencils
5. Sharpie
6. Black paper for matting work
7. Glue

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1. students will practice 1 point perspective in sketchbooks.

2. students will design/imagine or use buildings that they have a personal connection to (use buildings they have toured or visited, use their home, places they have wanted to visit.)

3. students will create a 7 inch circle on white paper using pencil and a create a vanishing point.

4. students will start drawing structures that follow the curve of the circle

5. all structures will be aligned to the vanishing point

6. students will finish by using sharpie to add a darker value to create contrast. Some students didn't need to use sharpie because they created value in their pencil marks.

7. Cut out circle and mat.

Students were assessed using a general rubric of art work.

I also use their sketchbooks as a form of formative assessment to gauge how well they are grasping the lesson before starting their art piece.

I introduced the artwork of Debra Elinger :

Balance, Contrast, Line, Proportion/Size, Space, Variety

Marker, Pencil

History/Social Studies

  • BindersArt 10/25/2013 at 01:05am
    This is a fantastic project! It will definitely make the students have to think about value and depth

  • artcsara 10/27/2013 at 01:50pm
    Thank you! Students really connected to this lesson personally because they were able to select buildings that were important to them in some way.

  • artcsara 10/27/2013 at 02:32pm
    I also used a value scale practice sheet for students before we began. I think this made a huge difference because they compared the value scale to the drawing while they were working. I expected them to have between 6-8 different values.

  • artwyoming 10/27/2013 at 03:53pm
    Will do this with my MS students- what a great idea!

  • Hardaker 05/23/2014 at 05:41am
    Thanks for sharing. Been teaching a long time and love to get a fresh take on a subject.