Week 4 - Oct. 5

Perspective Drawing

Idea 2

Welcome to Week 4! In Module 3, "What is Original and Authentic" we questioned the myth of the artist-god (the artist as magical genius)and opened up a conversation around the value of art as a process. For many, letting go of the idea of originality means that more options (not fewer) become available to you as an artist. Guy Treflur, we saw, was able to create something quite compelling, fresh and innovative once he let go of a quest for pure originality. 


We learned about the camera obscura (a precursor to the modern camera)and the Dutch Genre painter Vermeer. Some of you experimented with building a camera obscura of your own. All of you toyed with tracing elements that already exist the world, yet, even though you were tracing, what you ended up with was something completely novel and unpredictable.

Thank you to those who voted in the poll! As of Saturday afternoon (a point by which, I think it is fair to say, everyone SHOULD have visited Module 3), these were the results. I'm pleased to see things are workable, if sometimes challenging. I will make some adjustments to pull the workload back a little for next week. I think it is important to make space so that I can listen to how you are feeling and respond. 

Module 4 is called "Perspective Drawing," and chances are, you will either love this module or hate it! Either way, learning perspective drawing is a useful skill that will inevitably come in handy in your future work. Are you an intuitive artist or a technical artist? If you aren't sure, this lesson will help you find out. Few are comfortable working both intuitively and technically, and if that is you - congratulations! You are a rare artist.


Linear or Point projection perspective is a mathematical technique for creating the illusion of architectural depth in human-built (most common use of perspective) and natural environments (less common use of perspective). Believe it or not, even though perspective drawing is technical and mathematical, is not, generally, particularly accurate to the source material (subject-matter) when working from life. In other words, it is not a great indication of what the eye is actually seeing. This problem is why intuitive types that thrive at intuitively reproducing what the eye sees may find it frustrating or confusing. Linear perspective is a mathematically sound drawing, and therefore, it will feel realistic for the viewer. The technique is very helpful for those who want to create invented or fantastical spaces that feel grounded in the real and also for those who want to project spaces that do not yet exist (like an architect or designer might). Understanding the general rules of linear perspective can often help an artist problem-solve tricky sections of a work that may not feel quite right when using just the eye and intuition.  

Home Office

Module 4 Tasks

  1. Watch: "Linear Perspective" Lecture Part 1

  2. Watch: "Linear Perspective" Lecture Part 2

  3. Watch: Circle Line Art School "How to Draw Steps in 1-Point Perspective Easy"

  4. Watch: Circle Line Art School "How to Draw a Building in 2-Point Perspective​"

  5. Read: Exercise #4 (E4) 

  6. Do: Module 4 Forum Post via Blackboard 

  7. Read: MA2

  8. Watch: MA2 Part 1 AND Part 2

  9. Submit: MA1 on Blackboard



Office C1402B

Candace Couse

Assistant Professor

School of Creative Arts

University of the Fraser Valley

Optional Additional Resources

Watch: Circle Line Art School "How to Draw in 3-Point Perspective"

Watch: Jayati Design "4 Point Perspective" 

Watch: Circle Line Art School "How to Draw 5-Point Perspective Narrated"

Watch: DRAWING TUTORIAL "How to draw 6 point perspective"