Cycle 1 Week 5- Japanese Pagoda

This week students will practice the concept of one-point perspective drawing.  This is hard to fit into our unit on ancient art because early civilizations tended to create flattened  images with little to no depth.  In fact, the use of perspective in painting wasn’t seen until the 15th century in Italy.  But, of course, ideas travel…

The first use of mathematical perspective in Japanese art can easily be seen in woodblock prints by Hokusai and Hiroshige in the 1800s.  They use very strong, clean lines that create dynamic depth and perspective.  You can use the following images to show your students an early Japanese painting with some depth but no one-point perspective, and the later prints that do have one-point perspective.  (I often put images in a Powerpoint presentation and use my laptop to present images in class rather than printing them all out)


Drawing paper



White board and marker

Colored pencils

Images of Japanese art showing perspective


Here is the Cycle 1 Week 5- Japanese Pagoda Ages 4-6 lesson plan

Here is the Cycle 1 Week 5- Japanese Pagoda Ages 7-9 lesson plan

And the Cycle 1 Week 5- Japanese Pagoda Ages 10-11 lesson plan


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