It is important to have elementary students start thinking about perspective while they’re young because it will influence the way the draw for the rest of their lives. This lesson is focused on Norman Rockwell’s 1943 famous painting Freedom from Want. The PowerPoint clearly points out how Rockwell made his table look like a trapezoid instead of a rectangle. This is an easy way to help students learn how to render the world around them accurately on paper.
The PowerPoint begins with a slide for Freedom from Want for the students to see and discuss. Next, there is an “X-Ray View” to show the students the perspective Rockwell used to make his table look realistic. The last slide shows students how to create a 3-D drawing of a family at a feast.
There are slide notes to help art instructors teach this lesson and there is no prep work needed. This lesson plan can stand on its own, and it can be used as a substitute lesson plan in the art classroom.
This art project is also appropriate to do around the holidays or as an alternative Thanksgiving art project. Students will be able to create their own original drawings of their favorite family holiday gatherings and celebrations.
This lesson plan download included a PowerPoint to show the class and a lesson plan PDF to print.
This work by Klaire Pearson
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