Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Beginning Perspective - Parallel Projection

The Perspective class at the Academy of Realist Art, Boston begins with understanding and learning to use parallel projection. 

Using the foundations of architectural drafting; floor plans, elevation views and cross sections, students create 3-D representations of both objects and environments. 

Our first exercise is boxing in irregular objects and cutting out separate planes. The first image here shows the elevation plan of 3 letters of the alphabet.  Each of these letters is then placed in a cube turned to different angles, 30°/30°, 30°/60°, 45°/45°.  Image 2 shows each 3-D letter of the alphabet appearing to be turned at different angles to the viewer.

Understanding and learning to draw things in parallel projection helps students to think of form in 3 dimension and prepares them to create imaginative drawings of an environment using perspective.  These studies also help students when drawing observationally by illustrating concepts like the effective use of varied line weights.

A new class in perspective begins January 9th. We offer 2 classes; Mondays 9:30 - 12:30 and 1:30 - 4:30. For more information send an email to

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