Heather Swader

This unit is designed to prove the difference between what we think we see and what actually exists in the physical world. Students will use geometric terms and concepts to prove the existence of parallel lines where our brains visualize lines moving together in the distance.

Linear perspective is a mathematical system for creating the illusion of space and distance on a flat surface. This system originated in Florence, Italy in the early 1400’s. The artist and architect Brunelleschi demonstrated its principles, but another architect and writer, Leon Battista Alberti was first to write down rules of linear perspective for artists to follow.

Students will also investigate how to define space within a picture plane, through a variety of methods: identification of foreground, middle ground, and background, spatial illusion, use of diagonals, overlapping, and atmospheric perspective.

Grade Level
Arts/Visual Arts/Material Arts



Engages in discussions and activities around representative diversity and individual differences without grappling with structural oppressions. Culture is externalized and the focus is on the abstract. Minor discomfort may be felt and tensions are largely avoided.


Multiple Ways of Knowing and Doing

The knowledge and wisdom of the students, families, and communities are centered in content and materials to promote equitable and inclusive learning experiences.

Deep and Transformational Learning

The promotion of academic success and transformational ends through a rigorous and integrated process that honors learners and communities as cultural entities and works to change the world to be a more equitable and inclusive place.


Social Justice

Action 17 - Students will recognize their own responsibility to stand up to exclusion, prejudice and injustice.


Global Collaborator 7d - Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
Knowledge Constructor 3d - Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.


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