Here’s an art lesson to teach children about Perspective.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- White sheet of paper. I used A3 size.
- Tempera Paint – Blue, Yellow, Black and White
- Black Grease pencil or oil pastel for drawing
A lesson on perspective
I showed some pictures of mountain pastures from the internet and explain how the land looks as it moves backward, noticing the change of colour and texture along the way. It’s difficult for young children to understand this concept, so I drew a simple layout using a few curved lines as I was talking.
I also talked about how things look near and far. I explained how objects are placed on paper depending on distance and size (yes, it sounds so technical here but I had to use simple understandable words and actions to get the point through).
With a few general instructions about landscapes and perspective, the children start drawing. This is an uneven terrain so we skip the horizon and start dividing pastures. Use
Draw the first sheep as big as possible on the field closest to you. The second sheep should be slightly smaller and on the middle ground. The third and smallest sheep should be on the far away field.
- Use a pencil to draw the fields so that you can erase the lines where the sheep are drawn
- You can alternatively draw the sheep first and then draw the fields if you know how to ‘jump’ over objects
- Younger children can draw the sheep on a different paper and paint them. Once dry, they can cut them and paste them onto the painted background (Next step)
- Paint the sky light blue. I prefer to give blue and white so they can mix and paint, making cloud shapes along the process.
- Paint the sheep with white and black. Again, mix the colours as
you paint to create texture. Finally make little curls using white paint.Paint face and legs or colour using oil pastels.
- Squeeze blue and yellow paint on a palette. Mix light green and paint the nearest field.
- Add more blue to your light green to make it darker/cooler to paint the rest of the fields.
- Finally, when the paint is completely dry (you might need to wait overnight), add texture to the grass closest to you using oil pastels.