Proportions and Perspective

Proportions and Perspective with Peter Nilsson

Proportions and Perspective: Observational Drawing
With Peter Nilsson

Wednesday 6-8:30pm

14 August – 18 September 2019

Discover how to make sketches with perspective, and some easy steps to create space and three-dimensional illusions in a picture. We will go through different methods of creating pictures and investigate the ways perspective can be applied and general principles for its use. The workshop will cover flat perspective (Japanese perspective), isometric perspective, one focal point perspective, two/three/four focal point perspective, air perspective and the Golden Rule. The focus will be on the most common techniques, and students can choose what technique works best for them and their artistic expression. We will look into the knowledge and art history of perspective, and look at examples. How do they work, when do they work and when don’t they work. We will also make life studies of objects, spaces, light, shadow and reflections, and will consider different ways to express these things.

About Peter Nilsson

Peter Nilsson

Peter Nilsson was born 1967 in St Sigfrid, in rural Sweden near the village of Orrefors and its famous glassworks. With that surrounding, glass became the most natural material to use if you were interested in design, and he decided to become a glass engraver at the age of seven years old. After graduation from the National Glass School in Orrefors, Peter was hired as a glass engraver at Pukebergs Glassworks. He stayed there for seven years as an engraver and assistant to different designers.

Peter studied art history and ethnology at university, and has worked as a freelance designer for Bsweden and Nybro Crystal. He has taught coldworking, sketching and art history at the Swedish National Glass School, eventually becoming the head teacher. In 2010, he moved to Canberra and has been working as a freelance glass artist ever since.


Week 1 (14 August)
We will introduce ourselves and discuss our experiences of art and artistic practice, then go through a general introduction to perspective, what it means and how to create a sense of space, with a focus on focal points and relations in pictures.

Week 2 (21 August)
One focal point perspective. The history, innovation, its benefits and limits. Studies of how to create a one focal point perspective, central focus and the Golden Rule.

Week 3 (28 August)
Two focal point perspective. When is it useful? How the masters did it, how to create a picture in this technique and how to use light and shadow to accentuate details and shapes.

Week 4 (4 September)
Continuing with our studies and an introduction to three focal point perspective.

Week 5 (11 September)
Starting a bigger project with a chosen technique and a general description of four focal point perspective, air perspective, reflections and refractions.

Week 6 (18 September)
How to make descriptive sketches (isometric perspective), and finishing off our projects and reflecting on our workshop experiences.



All materials will be provided. 


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.

More info

Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.

Image in header: by Peter Nilsson.