Learn about the vanishing point and practice using a ruler by creating these polka dots that seem to vanish into space.
12x18 black paper
12x18 white paper
scraps of colored paper for the circles
1. Start with the white paper to create the long, skinny triangles that make the vanishing point. On one side of the paper, make small tick marks on the odd inch marks along the long side. Turn the paper around and make tick marks at the even inch marks along the other long side.
2. Use the ruler to connect the dots. Go from the first mark on the "even" side down to the two closest "odd" marks on either side. For example, go from the "2" mark down to the "1" mark and the "3" mark. Go from the "4" mark down to the "3" and "5." The lines will go diagonally and create long, skinny triangles.
3. Cut out the triangles. The two end pieces that don't have points won't be used.
4. Decide where you want the vanishing point--in the middle, near the edge, where ever you choose. Put a small pencil dot at this point on the black paper.
5. Glue the triangles to the black paper with the skinniest point touching your vanishing point. The pieces will hang over the edge of the black paper, but that's OK. Just leave the extra there until the glue dries.
6. When the glue is dry, cut off the excess triangles around the edge of the black paper.
7. Use the scrap papers to make circles of different sizes and colors. Glue them to the black paper. Put most of the smaller ones toward the vanishing point, and the larger ones near the edge. Smaller circles seem to recede and larger circles seem to pop forward.
This lesson is from We Heart Art.