Seventh Grade Perspective Drawing

IMG_5817IMG_5730IMG_5744 IMG_5746We started the seventh grade year with Perspective Drawing. I intended to follow the sequencing in Perspective Drawing by Herman von Baravalle, but determined there were some activities in other books that I wanted to include. I ended up sequencing the drawings in a way that made sense to me; getting progressively more complex over the course of four weeks. My seventh grader also had no experience with perspective drawing so the sequence I chose was pretty basic. We ended up doing only two finished drawings per week, but each finished drawing included one or more rough drafts. (During this block we were also making our way through Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc by Mark Twain, which I believe I mentioned earned the honor of being the worst book my seventh grader has ever read!)

I bought some fancy pencils and erasers and a T-square, but stacked painting boards on top of each other to give my seventh grader a drawing board. (A T-square requires that the surface you are working on {the drawing board} have a little depth so that the “T” end can sit below the level of the paper.) The fancy pencils and erasers were unnecessary in my opinion, but the T-square was a must have for perfect parallel and perpendicular lines!


  • Perspective Drawing by Herman von Baravalle, PhD
  • Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools by Thomas Wildgruber
  • Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart by Van James


  • Perspective division exercises: Finished row of trees (single vanishing point) pp. 9-11 Baravalle
  • Diminishing perspective drawing: Beach highway scene (single vanishing point) Fig. 3.51 James
  • Renaissance floor tiles (single vanishing point) Fig. 3.52a-f James
  • Floating cuboids (single vanishing point with views of different sides of cube figures) p.307 Wildgruber
  • Glass Cube (single vanishing point, but looking through the ‘glass’ to all sides) p. 308 Wildgruber
  • Three cuboids on a plane (single vanishing point, but three-dimensional shading) p. 309 Wildgruber
  • Basic city scape (double vanishing point, cubes as buildings, 3D shading) fig. 34 Baravalle
  • More complex city scape (double vanishing point, shading, finished buildings with windows, etc.) Fig.3.56a James

In addition to the perspective drawing itself, I tried to focus on coloring the drawings with shading related to a light source. That was a lot harder for my seventh grader than I thought it would be!

Do you have a favorite exercise you use for perspective drawing? Thanks for visiting!

At the Lake

IMG_5967 IMG_5968 IMG_5969 IMG_5970 IMG_5971 IMG_5973 IMG_5974 IMG_5976 IMG_5977 IMG_5978 IMG_5979 IMG_5980 IMG_5981 IMG_5984 IMG_5985 IMG_5986 IMG_5987 IMG_5988 IMG_5989 IMG_5990 IMG_5991 Before my trip to New York, Pintail, Wigeon and I spent a little time at the lake. By ‘lake’ I mean reservoir, because here in the west we build our lakes to control water.

I was amazed to see a little ring of green plants growing along the water edge. They looked like tiny clovers. The wind picked up right as we were leaving.