City Drawing With 1 Point Perspective

Students will learn how artists create the illusion of space and distance on a two-dimensional surface.  Two-dimensional artworks, such as paintings, can present the illusion of an actual scene.  This kind of artwork is called realistic.


  • 40 pieces of 9×12 white drawing paper
  • 35 gum erasers
  • 35 Rulers
  • 36 Sketching Pencils
  • Broad Tipped Markers

before you begin:

In step 5 you will be directed to the STEP BY STEP instructions for the perspective drawing project.  Steps 1-4 are a few hints and tips before you start.

  1. Students will use a pencil to sketch their whole design.  Sketch lightly so the lines can be easily erased.  If the point of the pencil is making indentations in the paper they are pressing to hard.  Use a ruler for straight lines.
  2. Review the terms perpendicular and parallel.
  3. Watch the vertical lines.  It is common for students this age to let their vertical lines slant away from the vanishing point.  Remind them to take care to ensure their vertical lines are straight, not leaning, resulting in a more realistic illusion of distance.
  4. Once the main sketch is completed, let the kids have a little fun with it.  Just like in the STEP BY STEP Instructions, they can turn their road into water, or add quirky details to their picture–how fun to have a whale swimming down the street!
  5. Follow these STEP BY STEP Instructions from Elementary Art Fun for the drawing portion of the the project–have them use a ruler to help with the straight lines.
  6. Have students finish their drawing by coloring them with broad tipped markers.


After the projects are done they will need to be prepared for display.  Cut a 12×13 piece of black construction paper.  (Save the left over–2nd grade will need it for their paper weaving project in May.)  Ask your teacher for labels with each student’s name (they usually have them for displaying work in the class).  If they don’t have labels, use a fine tip white marker to write the names on the construction paper. You’ll want to mount each art piece on the paper, centering it width-wise, but leaving at least two inches at the bottom for the student’s name/label.  Bring the completed work to the TAP Room.


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