Lesson Objectives:  Students will learn about space and one-point perspective while creating the illusion of bursting shapes.

Time Required: 1 hour

Artist: Victor Vasarely, Gestalt-Zoeld,

            Philip Evergood, Sunny Side of the Street (vanishing point)


White construction paper 12×18

Colored pencils



Discuss one point perspective: All lines will converge onto a single point on the page to create the illusion of depth on a flat 2-dimensional piece of paper. It’s like a set of railroad tracks or a road going off into the distance: The rails are always the same width apart, but when you look at it, it appears as if the rails are converging onto each other until they finally appear to “vanish” onto a single point on the horizon.


  1. Pass out white paper. Write names on back. Orient paper horizontally.
  2. Make a dot in the center of the paper with a pencil. That will be the “one point” in this one point perspective lesson. All lines will vanish to this point.
  3. Around the dot but close to the outer edge of the paper, draw large simple shapes, like squares and triangles. You may draw some smaller shapes closer to the point.
  4. Using a ruler and beginning with the shape closest to the point, line the ruler up between the point and one corner of the square or triangle. Draw a straight line. Continue doing this with any point on the shape you can without drawing through the shape itself (this will happen often with the back corners furthest from the point.).
  5. Continue on with the next shape closest to the dot, connecting the point in the center with the corners on the shapes.
  6. When you get to the outer ring of large shapes, keep in mind that your lines may not be drawn all the way to the point because a smaller shape will be in its way. Do not draw lines through the smaller shapes! Simply end you line when it intersects another shape.
  7. When all the lines have been drawn, color in with colored pencils, making sure the planes of a single shape radiating from the point are the same color. The top can be another color. (see sample)