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AP Art History Students Gain New Perspective with Fresh Drawings

Dr. Jacobs AP Art History students are learning about how Italian Renaissance artists attempted to accurately, naturalistically replicate the three-dimensional world around them on a flat (two-dimensional) surface. One of the most significant methods by which artists and architects did this was to use linear perspective, a mathematically precise method for creating the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface using relative size and positioning of objects. After an online lesson they were tasked with drawing their own image (a room, a landscape, a building, shapes) that adhered to the core principles of linear perspective.

“Many were hesitant because they are not artists but those non-artists did great!” said Dr. Jacobs. “And now all of them have a better grasp on (and certainly appreciation for) artists like Brunelleschi, da Vinci, Titian, and Raphael who relied on this technique.”