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Offered entirely online: interactive, livestreaming classes and personalized feedback on completed work.

with Ian Jehle

What do we mean when we say a work of art or a picture has depth? Does something in the picture look like it’s leaping off the page or is it a scene that feels like you could step into. How do artists make us see 3 dimensions when we look at a two dimensional image?

This class focuses on the principles used by artists, architects, engineers, designers, and mathematicians to depict three dimensions on a two dimensional surface. We will start by talking about the classical method of one and two point perspective formalized during the Italian Renaissance. Then we will move on to isometric projection, which is one of the most common ways that architects and engineers describe three-dimensional space. These two methods are rooted in mathematics and speak to a time when creative thinkers were often both artists scientists. But space is more than mathematics. Space is part of how our minds perceive and navigate the world. So we will also discuss other methods for depicting space from various cultures and eras  that are related to our experience of the natural world. These will include atmospheric perspective employed most notably by Leonardo da Vinci as well as the stacked and elastic methods used by traditional Chinese and Japanese artists. We will conclude with the view from a train method used by Mexican muralist David Alfaro Siqueiros.


  • One point perspective in the renaissance and beyond
  • Two and three point perspective end it uses in contemporary design
  • Isometric perspective and the art of IKEA
  • Atmospheric perspective from Leonardo and Whistler
  • Stacked perspective in vertical Chinese painting
  • The art of the mysterious world: elastic space in Japanese scroll painting
  • The view from a train: Siqueiros and the art of the mural


Our Online Workshop Format:

  • Livestreaming classes take place via online video conference (using Zoom). The instructor conducts live demos with step-by-step instruction so that you can work together in real time. You also have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback during class time.
  • We keep class sizes small and the atmosphere is interactive and supportive.
  • Finish exercises or practice at your own pace, at home, outside of class time.
  • Receive individual feedback on your completed work and exchange comments and questions with the instructor and your fellow workshop participants in an encouraging environment.
  • Find supplemental material and watch the progress of other participants by visiting the workshop Dropbox folder in between classes.
  • Recordings from each week’s livestreaming session are available in case you miss a class or want to review a demo.



Apr 28 – Jun 2, 2021

6x Wednesday  6-8 pm CET
(6pm in Berlin, 12pm in New York, 9am in San Francisco, 5pm in London)

Cost: 190 Euros
(includes 19%VAT)