A New Perspective on Perspective

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A New Perspective on Perspective


Bodnar, Joanne Smith, School Arts


Middle School

In this lesson, I wanted to put a new twist on an old standard. I decided to present the traditional two-point perspective city scene in a new light to my eighth grade. My objective was to get students to relate to the other definitions of perspective. Perspective is not only a drawing technique, it can also be a personal opinion, a reaction to, or a representation of a situation or object.

I opened the lesson with a discussion of cities and kept a record of comments. I wanted students to focus on the good and bad elements of cities. They included: crime combat groups, soup kitchens, ghettos, neighborhood pride groups, homeless hostels, and graffiti. Next, I asked students to think of visual representations they could use to convey or illustrate their perspective of some of these items. Responses included: a large soup tureen for the soup kitchens, a large spray can for graffiti, and a bucket and mop for neighborhood pride groups.

! showed the students an example I created titled Eye on the City. …

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