May 9, 2011

Desert Landscape

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 small, anywhere they like. Butte mountains, with their flat tops, are added in the background. Sun and clouds look good too.
2. All the pencil lines are traced with a black marker.
3. The drawing is colored in with pencil crayons.
Thanks to Matthew G., a 1st grader, who let me share his great drawing.

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