DVD Name: Empire of the Eye: The Magic of Illusion
Grade levels: 4th grade through adult
Category: Art History, Teaching Resource
If you teach linear perspective, then Empire of the Eye: The Magic of Illusion DVD hosted by Al Roker is a must-have. This video is an updated version of Masters of Illusion from the National Gallery of art containing many of the same images, descriptions and musical accompaniments. Empire of the Eye: The Magic of Illusion kept the best of the old and introduced new ideas to help explain perspective concepts. My favorite part of the video is the discussion of anamorphic art including The Ambassadors by Hans Holbein the Younger. Use as an introduction, play as students finish perspective drawings, or leave as a sub plan.
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