One-point perspective worksheets

Below are worksheets I created in Adobe Illustrator for teaching one-point perspective. Walk your students through the first two (boxes and room.) Show them the techniques used since the Renaissance to create a realistic illusion of space and form.

First introduce them to the terms “horizon line”, “vanishing point” and “orthogonal line”.

  • Horizon Line: The line in a perspective drawing where the sky meets the ground. It also represents the viewer’s eye level. That is, the placement of the line on the picture plane depends on the vantage point of the artist. For example, if the artist is low to the ground, the horizon line is low on the picture plane. You can see the top of an object if it is below eye level, below the horizon line. If an object is above eye level, above the horizon line, you can not see its top.
  • Vanishing Point: The point on the horizon line at which lines or edges that are parallel appear to converge.
  • Orthogonal Line: Literally, a line which is at right angles to another. In linear perspective drawings, it is the line you draw from the corner of an object to the vanishing point. It establishes the illusion of a perpendicular line going into the distance. Orthogonal lines should always be drawn lightly at first. Usually, most of an orthogonal will be erased.

A couple of technique details, along with further resources:

  • When drawing the back edges of the boxes in the first worksheet, the artist lines the ruler up with a front edge, then slides the ruler toward the vanishing point a little ways, without twisting the ruler in any way. This is where the student draws the back edge between two orthogonal lines. Cyber Oregon Online has a great step-by-step demonstration for the teacher.
  • The floor tiles in the room worksheet are especially tricky. Check out this interactive lesson from olejarz.com to see how to draw tiles in perspective (in this case, on the ceiling.) This part was the most difficult for my students to capture. If you are new to one-point perspective, I recommend starting from the beginning.

Once you walk the students through the first two worksheets below, they should be able to do the others on their own with a little guidance. Click on the images below for individual PDFs.

Going through all four worksheets took me two class periods of 50 minutes each.

If afterwards you want to move on to two-point perspective, check out my two-point perspective worksheets.

Comments

  1. Lisa says

    Your worksheets are great. Your site is pretty funny too. I’ve been teaching middle school art for ten years and I’m always trolling for new ideas. Thanks!!!

  2. kristin says

    wow…these worksheets are terrific!
    i teach elementary art, and these are easy, step-by-step examples for fifth graders.
    thanks for posting them!

  3. Dawn says

    Hey Dawn
    these work sheet are great i just started teaching in fact i’m still training and these work sheets are so adaptable that i can use them with almost any age group. cheers from a greatfull teacher in the uk… ps it was the name that made me come to your website

  4. Alli says

    Hi, Dawn!
    Thank you so much for sharing! I am a first year middle school art teacher, and things have been very overwhelming! I had my kids do the torn paper collage and I used your templates, along with a few that I made up myself. Now I am going to go over perspective, and these worksheets will be very helpful.
    Thanks again!

  5. James Ray says

    I have been trying to make worksheets students could use for 10 years. Thank you for sharing these with everyone.

  6. orlaith says

    thank you thank you thank you
    its so difficult to simplfy perspective drawing you did it perfectly
    life saver!!!

  7. Robin says

    I was using a different method with my 7th graders last semester and it took a while for them to grasp. I just started using your worksheets and the kids picked it up right away. They’re great!

  8. Sarah says

    Thanks so much for taking the time to share your worksheets and lessons. I am a new art teacher and these were truly a lifesaver. You are very creative!

    Keep it Up!!

  9. Amanda says

    Thank you for the wonderful worksheets! They were a very helpful and fun way to explain one-point perspective.

  10. Sarah says

    I have my 7th grade students draw castles in one point perspective with the addition of making them fairy tale castles or castles under attack (by whatever they want!). Then they have to write a 1 page narrative to tell me the story of what is happening. It helps with their writing skills and imaginations.

  11. Aimee says

    Thank you so much for such great ideas on one-point perspective. I am a high school art teacher and drawing is not my specialty (sculpture is!) and I’m always looking for new ways to teach drawing. Great worksheets!

  12. says

    Thank you for these. I’ve been doing art for so long but now I am teaching it and these are the perfect launching pads for getting whats in my head to the kids. Awesome!

  13. Lisa says

    I can’t wait to give these a try. These worksheets are kind of like some things I have tried to create, but your presentation is so much better!

  14. says

    Dawn,
    Thank you for these informative and beautifully designed worksheets. They have been very useful during my perspective lessons.

    -Alicia

  15. Katie says

    Oh my gosh this is amazing! Thank you so much, I just started perspective with my kids and these are going to be so helpful!!!

  16. Tracy says

    Hi Dawn,

    Thank you so much for posting these worksheets! I’m so glad I stumbled upon your website/blog, because it is SUPER helpful. This is my first year teaching (on my OWN) and my students will be learning perspective this week. I was trying to think of a fun way to show them perspective and I think your worksheets are really gonna help!

    Once again thanks so much! :)

  17. says

    Thank you so much Dawn for posting these worksheets! These are great, and simple enough for the students to follow on their own. A lot of help! Thanks again!

  18. Leigh Siegfried says

    I have been using your perspective sheets a lot in my high school classroom in TN, thanks for the great resource!

  19. Annette says

    Great, great, great worksheets. This will save so much time. Do you teach 3 point perspective as well??

  20. says

    Thanks a million times over for sharing this! I teach 6th graders 1 point perspective and it’s tough stuff for them. The room print out is PRICELESS!!!!!

  21. D'Ann says

    These worksheets were exactly what I needed to teach step by step perspective drawing. Thank you!

  22. ejeo says

    This is exactly what I was looking for to prepare students for a field trip to draw the local cityscape, thanks for the great resource!!

  23. Emily Berry says

    Thank you for your generosity in sharing these great instructional worksheets! Our school does not offer art, so I started an art club but do not remember much of the foundational techniques. These worksheets have made the kids incredibly focused and inspired!

  24. Ms. J says

    Terrific!! These really help my Middle School and beginner high school students learn perspective!

  25. says

    Found your site through Google. The into sheets to one and two point will be very useful for my Intermediate 2 class who have not done any drawing like this since S2 (they are now in S5). Thanks for posting them.

  26. Chris Slauson says

    These worksheets are fantastic! I was looking for perspective guides for my beginning drawing students- Thank you so much for posting them

  27. says

    This is a great site! I’m excited to see how my students do, I think these worksheets will make learning about perspective a breeze! Thanks!

  28. Audrey says

    Thanks so much – I really appreciate your clear handouts as a jumping off point for my lesson!

  29. Cara says

    Hey Dawn, earlier I was trying to open your links and print them and it worked just fine. Now however, I am having difficulties. When I click on the links (just the one point) I get a series of symbols and functions. Any ideas?

  30. M&MSandART says

    Hi Dawn…
    Can you send me the one-point perspective worksheets? I cannot open them for some reason. They are a great resource for a first year teacher! Thank you!

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