Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4

Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4 is published by Alpha Omega Publishers and it is a unit in the 10-unit Elective Art package. Each unit can be purchased separately or as a set. Unit four is about perspective drawing and this article is about unit four.

Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4 - Perspective Drawing - Lesson Plans by Donna Young

The Book may be purchased from CBD
301667: Art Lifepac 4: PerspectiveArt Lifepac 4: Perspective
By Alpha Omega Publications

unit 4 aop artMaterials needed for this class consist of the typical drawing class items, paper, pencils, erasers, a place to draw (drawing surface) and for perspective drawing, your student will need a long straight edge -- actually the length depends on the paper size that you plan to use. The size of the drawing surface should also factor into the decision. If using small paper such as printer paper or 9 x 12 inch paper, then a 12" ruler should be okay. Larger paper will need a longer ruler or a straightedge. And of course, you will need the book Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4.

Will you need the teacher's book? If you do not plan to use any of the other 9 units from AOP Elective Art, then you probably will not need the teacher's book. You will have to grade the four tests without the benefit of the answer keys, but it's not that hard. If you plan to use several of the units from AOP Elective Art, then I recommend getting the teacher's book.

Lesson Plans

The Class: this is an introductory class to linear perspective drawing for older students. 7th grade and up

The Lesson Plans: The lesson plans that I wrote below are minimal lesson plans and that means the lesson plans are written for the one workbook Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4. I, personally, use additional resources when teaching a class and you are free to add more classes and use resources if you think it is necessary or if you want to spend more time on the unit. I have listed a few resources at the bottom of this page.

In the lesson plans I have assigned 17 class-time drawings. I consider every drawing assignment listed necessary. Drawing class is not a reading class and the student must have the benefit of actual class-time drawing.

The instructor needs to look at the students' drawings and offer feedback. Evaluating the drawings for this class is not difficult. The book has an example of just about every single drawing that the students will do. Compare the students' drawings to the examples - parallel lines that are supposed to be parallel to each other should be parallel; vertical lines should be vertical; lines that are supposed to intersect, should intersect at the right places. Offer feedback, invite dialog about the work, don't leave your student flapping in the wind.

Time Estimate -Set aside a fifty minutes to an hour for each class.

    List Summary
  • 25 classes - 6 of those are 3 study days and 3 test days
  • 17 classes have drawing assignments
  • Allow at least fifty minutes per class
  • Activity 2.3 requires magazines and newspapers, so plan ahead for that activity

printable filesLesson Plan Files

Doc and PDF files of the lesson plans for Unit 4
DOCX - doc fileLesson Plans for Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4
DOC - doc fileLesson Plans for Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4
PDF - pdf fileLesson Plans for Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4
When I taught a more advanced perspective drawing class, I created this printable for use in class. pdf fileBlue Grid.
For reference, the blue grid is used in most of the models.

V Planner: TXT - text fileLesson Plans for Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4 -- If copying and pasting plans into V Planner, be sure that pasting does not change the background color of the S Sheet. Click to see full sized image
copy into v planner and formatting

Perspective books:
I have all of the books linked below and my opinion (not given) varies with each book.
(Links last checked August 2, 2011)

Elementary: Lessons in Perspective Drawing published by Rod and Staff
Links: Lessons in Perspective Drawing or Lessons in Perspective Drawing (links go to same book)

7th - High School: Lifepacs Elective Art Unit 4 (You do not need the teacher's book for this one course in my opinion)

Advanced: The Art of Teaching Art by D. Rockman. Heads-up- This is an art book, so of course there are nudes in it and a few deserve to be covered. This can be accomplished with small post-it notes. Covering the nudes does not hamper the quality of the book. You may preview the book at and at This book is useful for teaching upper level art classes.
Also check your library and the internet for resources.

Perspective for those who want to draw comics - Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics from the Ground Up

Wikipedia page on graphical perspective:

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