Teachers Lesson Plans

An Introduction to Pictorial Space

Grade K-3

The Changing Composition:
This lesson introduces students to the study of pictorial space by considering some European paintings in the National Gallery of Canada?s collection..

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Grade 4-6

The Tools of Perspective :
This lesson introduces students to the study of pictorial space by considering some European paintings in the National Gallery of Canada?s collection. Students learn to make a traditional drawing grid that will assist them in understanding perspective in their own drawings.

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Grade 7-8

Mastering one-point perspective:
This lesson introduces students to the study of pictorial space by considering some European paintings in the National Gallery of Canada?s collection. A look at how artists represent space, using one-point perspective, in a painting. Mastering one-point perspective: The technique of representing three-dimensional space was a development of artists and theorists in the Renaissance. Linear perspective depends on the optical effect of parallel lines at right angles to the picture plane seeming to recede in space to a vanishing point in the distance.

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Grade 9-12

Taken out of perspective:
This lesson explores how artists use and manipulate perspective to create their compositions.

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