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Isometrics for Artists: Student Response

Isometric projection is a simple form of perspective used by artists, architects, and engineers to show depth or dimension without the apparent distortions that form undergoes as it recedes in space. Isometric perspective employs parallel lines that never vary from the parallel, unlike linear perspective in which parallel lines appear to converge toward a common vanishing point. In isometric projection there is no convergence and no vanishing points. Josef Albers, an important 20th century artist, designer, teacher and color theorist, created a large number of works that employed the design construct of the grid and isometric projection, which he called “Structural Contellations.” In this project, students were challenged to engage with the same tools and limitations: the grid structure and parallel line inventions.

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Linear Analysis / Abstraction of Master Works

These examples are borrowed from the text, “Design: The Search for Unity,” by Eugene Larkin, University of Minnesota. Beneath each master work is an example of a student’s analysis/interpretation.

The Peasant Dance, by Peter Brueghel the Elder.

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The Lamentation, by Alessandro Turchi.

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The Deposition, Santi di Tito Titi.

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Blindman’s Bluff, Max Beckmann.

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La Vie Conjugale, Roger de la Fresnaye.

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