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Harvard Park Elementary School

2501 South 11th Street
Springfield, IL 62703

"SIZE" USING TOYS ~ 3rd & 4th Grades (Also fine for 2nd Grade and Special Education / Special Needs)

April 28, 2020

The illusion of depth using size and placement are just two ways of many in showing simple perspective.  For this project: you will need the same type of toy but in different sizes: BIG, Medium, and small. You will not need paper and drawing materials - unless you want to draw what you created on paper  later for fun. LOL - your "canvas" or "paper" will be just your carpet or your table!!! SO MANY CHOICES OF SAME TYPES OF THINGS YOU MAY USE IN PROJECT !  EXAMPLE: A SAME TYPE OF TOY YOU MAY HAVE AT HOME BY IN DIFFERENT SIZES; Lots of cars in different sizes, lots of dolls in different sizes, lots of stuffed toys in different sizes, lots of animal figures in different sizes, lots of dinosaurs in different sizes, lots of balls in different sizes, and more So now great time to bring them all out to your floor if really big, or to your table if smaller in size.

Note: modification for special education / special needs: you may use fewer toys, or even just one toy each size. (If visually impaired or blind - have student hold and feel toy in hand - discuss whether object is BIG, Medium, or small).

Before we begin the project, lets practice "articise" (art exercise art vocabulary the word: SIZE).  May stand or sit to articise SIZE. Put arms out in front of you vertically and wide apart, pretending to hold a BIG sized box. In your loud, deep voice say, "BIG."  Next, put arms out in front of you vertically and medium distance apart, pretending to hold a Medium sized box.  In you normal speaking voice say, "Medium."  Last put arms out in front of you vertially and short distance apart, pretending to hold a small sized box. In your soft, high pitched voice say, "small."

Now lets "articise" SIZE to show perspective ( the illusion of depth from the viewer's / person looking at the art from where student is sitting). PLEASE STAND UP TO ARTICISE:  PERSPECTIVE using SIZE.  Begin by lowering hands near you knees, pretending to hold the BIG sized box and using your deep, loud voice.  Next, hold your hands directly in front of you holding the Medium sized box using your normal speaking voice.  Last, hold you hands up high holding the small sized box using your soft, high pitched voice. 

!. Put all the same kind of toys you gathered to your sides next to you.  

2. IN A STRAIGHT HORIZONTAL LINE (may articise horizontal line by your hand going out straight from their sides) DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF WHERE YOU, THE STUDENT ARE SITTING: Place all the BIG sized  toys in a straight row. 

3. Next,  going up a little higher / above  from where that row you just made, will be one row of Medium sized toys in a straight row. 

4. Last,  going up a little higher / above from the row you just made, will be one row of small sized toys in a straight row. 

Now look at it from your viewpoint where you are sitting. You went from the bottom up in size. BIG at the bottom,  Medium in the middle,  then small up high.  Congratulations, you have just shown perspective from your viewpoint - a way of showing distance using SIZE.  You may ask yourself some art questions. Such as, What was the coolest part? What are some art words you learned? Why did you choose these particular toys? What do these toys mean to you? 

Note: If you were drawing this on paper, the bottom of the paper (the lower part closest to you) would be your BIG thing.s Then your next row up, would be your Medium things. Last, highest up on page would be your small things. 

Now is the time to celebrate, you may do a happy dance  stretching your body out BIG, you may dance Regular (neither big or small), and your may scrunch yourself up small doing little movements. Such fun!  You may take a cell phone photo and show a friend or someone else you love.  Then, it's time to clean up and put away toys! Then relax, you worked hard with your toys! Such a fun way to do your art job.