Hank’s Art Lesson


 Hank: Ahhhh Mama!  I made this.

Me:  Oh!  Look at that.

Hank:  It is Caterina and Marco’s house.

Me: Wow.

Hank:  See, you said they live behind the hospital.

Me:  They do.  Great job buddy.  You showed perspective.  Do you know what perspective is?

Hank:  No.

Me: Showing perspective in a drawing is when the artist shows depth and space.  Instead of everything being even you can move around the picture.  There is an ‘in front’ and a ‘behind’.  You showed perspective in this picture when you made the hospital very big and in front and Caterina and Marco’s house smaller therefore appearing behind.  Even though they are all on the same piece of paper I can see that that their house is farther away then the hospital. Wonderful!  Who helped you with this, Professora (teacher)?

Hank: (donning his coat) No one.  This is how I see the hospital from my window at home and how I imagine Caterina and Marco’s house.

Me:  Do you know how old I was when I learned how to make perspective in my drawings?  26.

Hank:  That’s ok, Mama.  It’s not about winning.  It’s about having fun.

Me: Indeed.