The Element of Space Unit

In terms of art, space is the area around, above, and within an object.  With consideration to drawings and paintings, our goal is to create the illusion of space. 

Ways to Create the Illusion of Space

Lesson 1--One Point Perspective

Students will draw 15 boxes/cubes by using the one point perspective technique. 


1 sheet of copy paper




1 Point Perspective

STEP #1  Study the space power point and vocabulary terms below: 

STEP #2  Draw the 15 boxes/cubes with help from the video and the powerpoint below. You will complete 5 boxes above, 5 on, and 5 below the horizon line for a total of 15 boxes. Get creative and turn your boxes into fun objects--presents, ovens, TVs, etc.  See the slides below on the right for step-by-step instructions. 

How to Draw in One-Point Perspective.pptx

Lesson 2--One Point Perspective Room Practice


Students will draw furniture in the bedroom by using the one-point perspective technique.

Step #1  Complete the furniture. Watch the video below. You will draw a couch, a table, a shelf, and a chest of drawers using the already-started furniture by following along with the video. 

Step #2 On your own, add at least 3 more elements (window, rug, picture, chair, side table, etc.) to the room.  

Step #3 Turn in your completed work into Google Classroom in the correct Digital Portfolio on the correct page. 

1 point booklet for room furniture window.pdf

Above is a PDF of  ways to draw a variety of different room elements in One Point Perspective step by step. There are 47 pages so you may not want to print it just view online.

Lesson 3--Surreal Room


Students will design the interior of Surreal room using one point perspective techniques.

Step #1 Using knowledge of one point perspective gained in previous lessons, you will create your Surreal room using one point perspective. 

Directions: You will create a room of any kind. Living room, bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, office, etc.  You will then add surrealistic elements to your room.


STEP #2 :  Video below shows you how to add a bed, window, door, floor designs, ceiling designs plus more! Watch video below. Plus you can use the PDF from previous lesson.

STEP #3 :  When you have completed your drawing, turn in your completed work into Google Classroom in the correct Digital Portfolio on the correct page. 

Room Requirement Check List


Lesson 4--Two Point Perspective

Two Point Perspective

Students will draw 9 boxes/cubes using the two point perspective technique. 


STEP #1  Draw the 9 boxes/cubes. Watch video below.  

STEP #2  Add a door, window, opening, and garage. Watch the video below.

2 pt Perspective. step by step.ppt

STEP #3 :  When you have completed your drawing, turn in your completed work into Google Classroom in the correct Digital Portfolio on the correct page. 

Lesson 5--Two Point Perspective Practice

Two Point Perspective Practice

Using the slideshow below, practice drawing using Two-Point perspective by creating a city.  


2 point city street.pptx

Your Project 

Draw a city street with at least 5 buildings using 2 point perspective.

Your buildings should have at least 3 “features” on each wall i.e. windows, doors, awnings, window sills, signs, steps, porches, columns etc. In order for these items to count as “features” they need to be drawn in perspective and show depth.

At least 2 of your buildings should have a pitched (triangular) roof and at least one building should be brick and one should be siding

If you would like to practice more, use the sheets below with the video instructions. 


Lesson 6--Two Point Perspective Treehouse

Two Point Perspective Treehouse



Step 1:  Gather all your materials needed and prepare your drawing paper as instructed. 

Step 2: Go through the Slide Show below. Then watch the videos below videos to help you learn to draw a treehouse in 2 point perspective. Try watching the tutorials once without drawing along and then draw along the second time you watch it. Keep in mind that this is just a basic how-to and you can always modify the design to suit your style! 

Step 3: Use your ruler and imagination to create an amazing treehouse.

Step 4: Neatly color your drawing using colored pencils. 

Step 5: Triple-check the Requirement List to make sure you have all the required elements. You can always do more but do not do less. Use the rubric to give yourself a grade! 

Step 6: Once you have totally completed Steps 1-5, turn in your work into Google Classroom in the proper portfolio and on the proper slide. MAKE SURE your pic is of good quality, that you can see all the details, AND your name is on your work where I can see it. 

See the videos and the handouts below for inspiration and helpful tips. 

Copy of Tree Houses in 2 point perspective

Part I

Part II

Part III

Part IV

Part V

03 A guide to colouring.mp4

Colored Pencil Techniques and Tips

Two-Point Perspective Treehouse Rubric