Monday, August 11, 2014

City Blocks- Drawing 2 Point Perspective

What would your favorite city block look like? That's the question I ask my classes when we start our 2 Point Perspective drawing.

You'll be amazed by how many different city blocks they can come up with!

There is a lot of measuring and working with rulers for this drawing. (Woo Hoo! Math connection.) So be prepared to give a lot of demonstrations on how to handle the rule. And keep reviewing the vocabulary- horizontal, vertical, diagonal and vanishing point.

We start this drawing by putting in the horizon line half way down the paper. Keep in mind that all building will be drawn vertically above and below the horizon line. The two vanishing points are then put on the right and left side of the paper. 

We next all draw the center building together, aligning it to the vanishing points. We also draw a building on the left of center and on the right of center together. They are both aligned to the vanishing points. 

The kids are then required to make at least two more buildings. I demonstrate how to make a building behind so its being overlapped by a front row. They can chose to do that or not. 

They are also required to draw in doors and windows, after I show them how to align them to the vanishing points. They are free to decorate them as they want.

After  at least five building are drawn, the kids can start designing their city block in their own style. They always come up with so many different kinds of city blocks, every one get to express their own style.

What do you think of our city blocks? How do you teach 2 point perspective? I'd love to hear about it!

I have another lesson on 1 point perspective.  Check it out here. And there's another 2 point perspective here.

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