by Mary Erickson, Ph.D. and Arizona art teacher Hillary Andrelchik
Tricks of Perfection provides activities that teachers can use can use
- to prepare young people to explore the Masters of Illusion exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA),
- to focus their attention during a visit and
- to create illusion in their own artworks.
- Lesson One: Welcome to the Magic Show
- Lesson Two: And the Curtain Goes up…
- Lesson Three: Tricks of the Trade
- Tricks of Perfection PowerPoint
- How did they do that? PowerPoint
- Basic Form Drawing Worksheet (pdf)
- Watch My Hands Very Closely (pdf)
- Now You Try PowerPoint
- Optional: Questor’s Questions about Realistic Art (pdf)
- Apples or other round shiny fruits, such as oranges, grapefruit, grapes, tangerines or pears. One fruit for every 3-4 students. Choose a variety to make finished drawings more interesting. Or choose magazine photographs of fruit.
- Large variety of crayons
- Assorted colors of construction paper
- White drawing paper
- Glue or glue sticks
- Computer and Digital Projector or SmartBoard
- Sneak Peek of Masters of Illusion PowerPoint
- Masters of Illusion Exhibition Artists
- Mary Erickson Ventures
- Richard Haas for permission to use photographs of his trompe l’oeil mural.
- Patrick Bailey, Clinton T. Hobart, Ellen Murray Meissinger, John Schieffer for permission to reproduce their artwork used in Lesson Three.
- Tom Eckert for permission to reproduce his artwork for Lesson One.
- Hillary Andrelchik and Mary Erickson for photography.
- Hillary Andrelchik for sample drawings.