I recently attended OCAD University’s annual Grad Show, which is always brimming with interesting ideas. This time, I came away intrigued by Iris Fong’s look at perspective, and thought it would be an excellent way for children to see how perspective changes, based on your relative distance or position.
- card stock
- bone folder
- double sided tape
- glue stick
- utility knife
- cutting mat
This is not a project about teaching children to draw in perspective, but rather, to introduce them to the idea of perspective – “the manner in which things appear to the eye with respect to their relative positions and distance.” When they look at their completed project, they will experience how we interpret things based on our perspective. In this case, what they see will depend on where they are standing.
1. The first step is to score lines, equal distances apart, on two pieces of card stock which are positioned horizontally (8 1/2″ x 11″each). A minimum space of 3/4 inch between the lines is ideal, and the easiest way to do this is using a quilting ruler and bone folder. These are both amazing tools worth owning, and can easily be found in craft/art supply stores. If you don’t have this type of ruler, any kind will do to mark the measurements with pencil, before scoring. Try to be as accurate as possible when measuring/scoring the lines.
Once completed, attach one end of card stock to the other piece by overlapping one 3/4 inch section on each one. Double sided tape will hold better than a glue stick. You will now have one long piece of card stock to glue your images on. Make sure to keep it flat and unfolded at this point.
2. Select two images from old magazines, making sure they are not too similar in colour and style. Another option is using a child’s drawings or even photographs.
Place one image horizontally on a cutting mat, and using a utility knife, cut into 3/4 inch sections, or which ever measurement you used between the scored lines. Set the strips aside, maintaing the order they were cut in, so the image remains the same. Repeat with the second image.
3. Combine the paper strips from both images by placing one strip from the first image, a strip from the second, and alternating until all the strips have been used, and always maintaining the order they were cut in.
4. Using a glue stick, glue the strips of paper onto the card stock in the order you have laid them out. Make sure to line up the tops of the strips in a way that replicates the image accurately. Also, position each strip carefully between the scored lines.
Once all the strips have been glued, trim any excess paper from the edges.
5. Begin at one edge, and accordion fold along the scored lines.
What you see will depend on where you are standing. From either end, you will see the images you used, and from the front, a combination of both.
Here’s Iris Fong’s work, Perspective, from the OCAD Grad Show 2013, which inspired this project: