Historical One Point Perspective The Next Level

Lesson Plan, Grades 9-12, Art, Art History, Math, 3-D, Drawing


Lesson Plan and Artwork by Nadine Dresbach 

In this lesson plan, students will use the folding bristol board to accentuate the perspective in existing works of art. Colored pencils are excellent to achieve the qualities of gradation and color mixing necessary for a finished piece. 


  • Students will explore one point perspective and find various applications of this throughout art history.
  • Students will use folding bristol board to accentuate the one point perspective in their piece.
  • Students will use colored pencils and color mixing to achieve the desired results.

Supplies Needed

Colored Pencils, set of 50
Folding Bristol Tag Board, pack of 100 
Markers, Dual-ended, set of 16
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Standard #2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.
Standard #3: Define and complete artistic work.
Standard #5: Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.
Standard #11: Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.



Have students research works of art throughout history that use one-point perspective such as Stella and Van Gogh.


Students select a work of art that has a one-point perspective focus and utilizes the application of blending and mixing colors.


Have students emulate the artist drawing in pencil onto the Folding Bristol Board. The board will be folded in several areas to strengthen the perspective of the design. Have students keep this in mind when creating their layout.


Use colored pencils to color in areas of the work being conscious of the color pallet of the original work. Students can then use the markers to highlight and accentuate areas if desired.


Fold the bristol board down the center vertically and then along the two sides to emphasize the perspective of the piece.


Mount the finished work to hold its folded form