In the Classrom: Angles and Perspective

Pat Benard subbed for Ms. Duncan’s 6th grade class at Harris Middle School. The students are just starting to study angles and Pat introduced them to one-point perspective. She discussed the idea of visual perspective and demonstrated the concept of using a vanishing point to show perspective. She then had students draw a rectangle, and a vanishing point outside the rectangle – constructing a 3D representation. She emphasized that all the lines in the exercise must be horizontal, vertical, or line up with the vanishing point. She then had students draw a horizon, place a vanishing point on it, and then draw a straight road from the edge of the page to the horizon, with a fence or row of telephone poles running next to it. The students enjoyed the lesson and Pat felt that it practiced the type of critical thinking skills necessary for math.

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NC Arts Council
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