Sunday, January 15, 2012

Shrinking Squares (5th)

5th graders worked on four ways to show depth in this project: Shrinking sizes, Overlapping shapes, Shading, Vanishing lines and vanishing point.  We looked at M. C. Escher's art for shading examples and shrinking sizes of shapes to make things appear far away.

Practice worksheet

practice 9 x 12 paper

Each student began with a practice worksheet.
Step 1 - Draw a repeating square until it shrinks into tiny dots.
Step 2 - Change the direction of the squares.
Step 3 - Start with those tiny dots and grow the squares.
Step 4 - Draw another set of shrinking squares to go behind the first set to show overlapping shapes (front/behind).
Step 5 - Shading was introduced.
Step 6 - 18 inch rulers where used to draw vanishing lines in the background. (Some students had a hard time keeping the ruler from slipping as they drew.)

Materials: 6 x 18 black construction paper, metallic colored pencils, permanent silver markers, 18 inch rulers.


  1. Hi there - nice blog! Glad to be connected and I've added you to my ATC list for next year.

    1. Thank you, Hope! And I'll look forward to trading next school year.