Introduction to Perspective In Art

Understandings and Standards

Core Understandings

  • Perspective: the science of painting and drawing so that objects represented have apparent depth and distance…The Merriam-Webster Dictionary
  • Artist use several techniques to achieve the illusion of depth and distance. Learning to identify them in art is key to understanding the artistic process.
  • This knowledge can then be applied to your own work.

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to search museum websites and find examples of paintings that demonstrate different techniques used to create perspective, the illusion of distance and depth.
  • They will then save their chosen sample artwork to a PowerPoint presentation. They will then add text along with style and navigation formatting. Each group of students will present their findings to the class.
  • Students will be able to critique a painting identifying the techniques the artist has used to create perspective.
  • They will begin to apply these techniques to their own work.

1.1. Identify and use the principles of design to discuss, analyze, and write about visual aspects in the environment and in works of art, including their own.
Analyze Art Elements and Principles of Design
1.4. Analyze and describe how the composition of a work of art is affected by the use of a particular principle of design.
Skills, Processes, Materials, and Tools
2.1. Solve a visual arts problem that involves the effective use of the elements of art and the principles of design.
2.2. Prepare a portfolio of original two-and three-dimensional works of art that reflects refined craftsmanship and technical skills.
2.3. Develop and refine skill in the manipulation of digital imagery (either still or video).
2.4. Review and refine observational drawing skills.
Make Informed Judgments
4.4. Articulate the process and rationale for refining and reworking one of their own works of art.