Lesson Objectives: Students will learn about 2-point perspective.

Time Required:  1 session

Artist: M.C. Escher, Ascending and Descending




White 9×12 construction paper

12×18 construction paper

Blue painter’s tape

Colored pencils


Presentation:    Discuss 2-point perspective and how Escher uses it in his paintings.


  1. BEFORE CLASS: Tape 9×12 paper in the middle of a 12×18 piece of paper: 1 per student.
  2. Pass out papers; write names on back.
  3. In pencil, draw a horizon line about 1/3 from the bottom of the page. Extend the horizon line beyond the edges of the 9×12 paper about 1 to 1 ½ inches onto the 12×18 paper.
  4. Draw a dot on each end of the horizon line. These are the 2 points to which every horizontal line will be drawn.
  5. Using the ruler, draw a light vertical line down the center of the 9×12 piece of paper. On this line, draw a dot below the horizon line and one about 1/3 from the top of the page.
  1. Connect the top and bottom dots to the 2 points. This will be the foundation on which the city corner is built.
  2. Draw a vertical line on either side of the center vertical line to create the corner building.
  3. Now add in other buildings in this fashion:
    1. Vertical lines are straight vertical.
    2. Horizontal lines are drawn to the 2 points on the 12×18 paper.
  4. Add details, remembering that horizontal lines (even on letters) need to be drawn in line with the points on the end of the horizon line.
  5. Color in with colored pencils. Shade one side of each building darker than the other to help create depth.