Using Kid’s Building Blocks for Seeing Perspective

Building blocks to learn perspective.
Building blocks to learn perspective.

This is the 2nd or 3rd time we’ve made little houses and buildings with building blocks.

It’s a great way to see how a box is constructed and you can go and look around the other side to see what’s happening. It’s easier to see corners and doorways, and you can look inside to see where that all leads to.

Next you can take a look at what I call ‘going away’ angles. Unless you are standing straight in front, there will be ‘going away’ angles – in walls, windows rooflines and so on.

Once you’ve begun to see these – starting with your own eye level – all will be revealed.

Once on location all of these newly learned observations come into play. You’ll never get your sketch working without these core skills, and you certainly know when you have it right.

It’s a great feeling when you no longer struggle with the concept. As I sometimes say – ‘all the information you’ll ever need is right in front of you – it’s a matter of learning to see it.’

My greatest reward is seeing the results in delightful sketches each in their own style. Later this week you’ll see how the classes managed with their architectural sketches.



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