Aesthetics: Depth & Perspective

Elements and Principles Museum Exhibit

Grade 7 students are currently creating a digital “exhibit” for one of the following elements of art: color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value or principles of design: balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, rhythm, and unity.

They will become the expert in their assigned element or principle by completing a list of research tasks and then curating their findings on a padlet or google doc. The purpose of this assignment is to introduce (or reintroduce) students to the function of the elements and principles in a visual composition so they can later apply them to their linear perspective summative assessment, a 2 point perspective cityscape drawing. 

While a component of teaching aesthetics is about the rules and principles of beauty, such as properly using space and value to accurately depict depth and perspective, it should also be used to facilitate students’ cultivation of their own personal tastes and style. 

In picture: Amiel Montenari’s Pattern Padlet in progress. 

Carolyn Foote
Grade 7, Visual Art