Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Illusion of Space with 2nd graders

This lesson has been a yearly project for too many years to remember.  This year the 2nd graders seem to have knocked it out of the park.  The focus is on creating the illusion of space in a composition.  I used the wonderful "Snowmen at Night" series of books by Caralyn Buehner to kick off the project.  Her husband, Mark is responsible for the wonderful illustrations.  I chose a few of his illustrations for students to examine and determine what methods are being used to create Space.  They identify the use of linear perspective, overlap, placement, and size in the images.  Then they are off to create their own work emphasizing the four ways to show space.  I keep this poster visible to assist them with their planning.
Instructional poster for reference
They are task with comparing their work to the poster and determining whether they have included all four methods.  Because these are created in early winter, snowmen is the subject of the composition.  I am really impressed with the imagination and craftsmanship exhibited by these young artist.
Student works from 2017

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