Looking for a simple lesson to teach perspective to kinder and lower elementary kids? Here is an easily adaptable lesson on perspective.
I’ve had this idea for quite a while and was looking for a good book to go with the lesson. Later I realised that I had the right book all along in my son’s book shelf.
Where Are My Chicks? by Sally Grindley and Jill Newton is a fun, farm based counting book with bright and beautiful illustrations and simple words. It features a bunch of farm animals helping mother hen find her lost chicks and in turn finding a surprising bunch of other babies. The simple plot and it’s surprising ending adds interest to the book and we were all inspired by the time we finished reading it.
What you need
- Drawing sheet for creating the farm
- Tempera paints
- Yellow construction paper
- Yellow, orange and brown oil pastels
- Black oil pastel or grease pencil for drawing
- Scissors and glue
Drawing and painting the farm
On day 1 the illustrations in the book were still fresh in our minds and we made a farm background for our surprise lesson. I demonstrated a few barns and fences on the white board and asked the kids to get started in their own way. Since this was not the final project (though I hadn’t told them what we will be doing next week because I wanted to keep it a surprise), I kept it pretty much an open ended work. Mountains and tractors and sign boards soon flowed in along with barns and fences.
Drawing the chicks
On day 2, I asked the kids to draw 4 chicks (going by the story) on the yellow paper. I provided each kid this handout and they could choose any chick they found comfortable drawing.
Near or far? Here or there?
Since they were lost and were to be found around the farm, the chicks were to be all different sizes. I explained how things that are far away looks smaller than ones closer to us. I also had the opportunity to explain the concept of eye level, that the bigger chicks will be placed below eye level that is towards the bottom of the paper and the smaller ones near the horizon. It is all easier said than done. Honestly, I had to keep reminding them that the chicks had to be different sizes and even when they grabbed the concept, most of the time, they ended up drawing all 4 chicks in the same size.
Cutting out the smaller chicks were no easy task for the 5-6 year old group. It took a whole session to get the tedious job done. Then we added feathers using yellow, orange and brown oil pastels. At the end of the day, I had a handful of satisfactory farm perspective paintings.