The vanishing point is an artist's tool to create a sense of three dimensions on a two dimensional surface. In other words, this technique helps artists draw something 3-D on a flat surface like a piece of paper. Painters have been using it for over 1,500 years. Before they used computers, architects used vanishing points to create drawings of their buildings.
Perkins' 5th graders just learned how to use vanishing points in art class with Ms. Yazbeck--drawing a building, its side vanishing in the distance. Here are a few students' first steps toward being an artist or an architect.