Grades 3-5 have been trying different perspective techniques in their artwork to creat the illusion of space. These are lessons I return to again and again because they offer some personal choices and connections for the students while giving them technical experience.
Let's start with third grade - they researched and selected a bird whose habitat is here in our state of Georgia. We drew the birds in great detail because they were in the foreground of the picture, and then to create an atmospheric perspective we used watercolor and the wet on wet technique to create a blurry, out of focus background, much like a photographer might do.
Fourth grade made drawings called "shape explosions" which help them practice connecting shapes to a vanishing point using a straight edge.
Fifth grade went a step beyond and made drawings using two vanishing points on a horizon line, called two-point perspective.