We’ve gathered four booklets perfect for introducing and familiarizing your child with visual perspective in art. This introduction will start encouraging your little artist to think about the tools that artists use to represent things differently according to what they are trying to accomplish. For example, making something big seem smaller by putting it next to something even bigger. Put in simpler terms, these books will open up a discussion with your little one about the endless possibilities of creating art and some ways of making that happen.
The booklets can be used individually or as a collection to expand your child’s understanding of visual perspective, specifically linear perspective, and introduce them to some key tools an artist uses.
Planet, the simplest book in the collection with just one word per page, explores the action of zooming into a landscape- beginning with the Earth seen from outer space, moving all the way through a city, and eventually watching baby birds hatch from speckled eggs. This simple introduction to perspective- how small the baby birds seem in comparison to the immensity of our planet- is perfect for little explorers just starting to grapple with size and the great big world we all inhabit!
In Submarine, the reader is placed in many different environments to observe some of the same objects. This means that on one page the reader is beneath the waves, seeing a submarine, and the next the reader is inside the submarine seeing the waves. Your little one can imagine themselves as observers, watching the ocean through the perspective of a fish, an explorer in a submarine, or a land dweller watching the scenes from afar. You can talk to your child about how the scenes look different from different angles, and why some things seem bigger in some scenes and smaller in others.
The vessels in What Comes Next? are introduced in order of increasing size. This means that each ship takes up about the same amount of space on each page, from a rowboat to a pirate ship. Once they are all on a page together it becomes clear they are all vastly different sizes. This introduces the concept of scale, that an object can appear bigger or smaller based on its surrounding environment.
Explore the many different ways we live in Habitats. The vibrantly colored paper cut outs use scale and interesting compositional choices to create significance within the image. Talk to your child about how perspective can be utilized to convey importance of an object, making an object appear to be in the foreground of a two dimensional image. Use the prompts in the back of the book to talk more about habitats and how people live.
Improve your child’s visual literacy by familiarizing them with the ways that scale and perspective work together to create a realistic or surreal image.
If you’re looking for some ways to introduce this into your child’s art or into a classroom, take a look at these exercises with perspective from Deep Space Sparkle (heads up- they’re a little tricky and best for older kids!):
How to Draw a Perspective Landscape
One Point Perspective Art Lesson