Point of View

Goal: To introduce the visual arts concept of Point of View.

Point of View
  • Intro

Point of View

Contributed by Yael Ben-Zion


To introduce the concept of Point of View.


  • Show students 3 pictures taken from 3 different points of view (e.g., bird’s eye; eye level, worm’s eye).
  • Ask them what the differences between the pictures and how it effects our perception.
  • Introduce the concept of point of view.
  • Ask students to pick an object/person/place that is important to them and take photos of it (or, if they don’t have cameras, sketch it) from 3 different points of view (10min).
  • Then ask them to write down what point of view they prefer and why (5min).
  • Have a few students share their work with the class.

Transition into Activity

Show students 3 pictures taken from 3 different points of view.

Transition out of Activity

Finish up by saying that in your art you can show your point of view, your story, your voice, and that this will be one of the things we’ll talk about during the residency.

Classroom Arrangement

Students at their desk and then around the room during the activity.

Supports/Adaptive Materials/Tools

  • Use cameras/phone cameras/ prepare paper and pencils to sketch.
  • If there are not enough cameras and/or to encourage collaboration, students can work in small groups.
  • Use visual timer or music to time the activity.

Role of the Teachers and Paraprofessionals

  • Support students who need help with brainstorming, taking photos, writing. In case the classroom has the means for uploading/printing images, they can help with this task.

Remote Adaptation

You can turn the activity into a scavenger hunt. After demonstrating point of view and bird eye view have students sketch something in their home – then when they share have the other students try to guess what it is.