Sunday, April 24, 2011

HOW TO TEACH LINEAR PERSPECTIVE WITH MS WORD

MICROSOFT WORD DRAWING PROJECT No. 13


TITLE :  HOW TO TEACH LINEAR PERSPECTIVE WITH MS WORD

TYPE  :   ILLUSTRATION

VISUAL ART LESSON TOPIC :   ELEMENT OF ART : SPACE

© Chang Hon Woon 2011


Space is one of the Elements of Art. The System of Perspective is one of the subtopics in the Space element which consists of Linear Perspective and Aerial Perspective. The point where the perspective lines meet is called the Vanishing Point.  A drawing can be made from one vanishing point, two vanishing points, and three vanishing points. There are a few rules in Linear Perspective but I’ll mention two which I consider the most important. I will use the simplest words to explain them. These rules are as follows:


  1. Receding parallel lines seem to converge and meet at a point known as the vanishing point on the horizon line, e.g. the railway tracks.
  2. Distance influences the size and height of objects. The objects in front are much bigger and longer than the objects further behind, e.g. the lamp posts along the road side.

What makes the system of perspective so important in visual art is that it helps to create the illusion of three-dimensional depth or space on a two-dimensional surface such as the drawing paper or the electronic canvas in Photoshop. By the way, you can also copy this drawing into PowerPoint to create a slide show presentation.

    2 comments:

    e signatures said...

    Linear prospective is indeed an interesting topic itself.The people who master in this field find it enjoying to see every thing from this point of view.It help architects in drawings.A nice post.

    Chang Hon Woon said...

    Thank you for your comment. It's nice to know that there are readers who are interested in drawing pictures with the word processor's graphics program. A good knowledge in Linear Perspective enables us to draw pictures such as buildings and furniture with the correct size and position.