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Linear Perspective Unit

This month our 7th grade class will be focusing on Linear Perspective, the concept of creating the optical illusion or as the French say “trompe l’oeil” or trick the eye. Our main objective through out this unit will be to create the illusion of three dimensions on a two dimensional  surface, paper. Our first project will be creating a 1-Point Perspective Cubed Landscape.. samples coming soon.

The skills we will be working on this month will focus on :

  • following step by step instructions
  • lining the ruler up with the vanishing point
  • making sure lines are parallel to the shape
  • using value & or color to enhance the forms

Elements of Art focused on in Linear Perspective:

  • Form
  • Line
  • Space

Our Important Terms for Linear Perspective are:

  • Linear Perspective – creating the appearance of a third dimension on a two dimensional surface
  • Vanishing Point – where the orthogonal lines meet, ALWAYS on the Horizon Line
  • Horizon Line – where the earth meets the sky
  • Orthogonal Lines – parallel lines that draw your eye in towards the vanishing point (they appear diagonal )

Students will also be introduced to artists who utilized and demonstrated the concept of Linear Perspective in order to enhance their artwork. These artists include, but are not limited to, Leonardo Da Vinci, M.C. Escher, Vincent Van Gogh. We discuss how these artists used perspective in order to create three-dimensional space within the confines of a two-dimensional surface (a canvas or paper).

In case you missed the Introductory Sliderocket Presentation to Linear Perspective you can check it out here:
               **make sure to click your mouse to advance through slideshow**

Other great sites to explore the concept of Linear Perspective:

Enjoy the Unit and check back soon for student artwork.



  1. Anthony Friello

    I think linear perspective is really cool and fun to draw!

  2. Brandon Wolf

    This video really helped me.

  3. this really helped me.

  4. Kaila

    That is cool

  5. Kayla

    That is cooler

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