Linear Perspective Project gives students a chance to decorate the side of art building


Taylor Pederson (left), Kat Gutierrez (center), and Olivia Babayar (right), work on their Disney inspired design that includes several characters from the beloved theme park and the Matterhorn mountain. Photo credit: Emily Ledesma

By Emily Ledesma

The Applied Arts building at Moorpark College is constantly being renovated with paint, sculptures, and other forms of media depending on the art classes currently in session. The latest design on and throughout the building is two-dimensional design pieces.

Katrina McElroy’s 2-D design class spent time on Tuesday, April 23 putting up blue painters tape on the Applied Arts building in order to create the illusion of space.

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Ryan Sirkin, left, and Marsi Smith, right, art students, took their inspiration from the front of a movie theater. "Who doesn't like a trip to the cinema?" said Smith. Photo credit: Emily Ledesma

McElroy, an art professor at Moorpark College, had given her students a linear perspective project in order to teach students how to use one-point and two-point perspective.

The assignment gave her design class the opportunity to come up with any design as long as their projects followed linear perspective. According to several of McElroy’s students, linear perspective is a design method that uses vanishing points to create the illusion of space on a two-dimensional surface.

After seven years of issuing the same project, McElroy decided to challenge her students and give them painters tape as their medium and a bigger canvas: the Applied Arts building.

McElroy decided on the tape because it is non-permanent and eye-catching. In addition, being on the sides of the building allows the projects to be large-scale, public, and “to scale with the viewer”, said McElroy.

Taylor Pederson,19, Kat Gutierrez, 18, and Olivia Babayar, 20, all art students, took three hours to design their project, which was based off of the Disneyland Railroad at the Anaheim theme park.

“I came up with the design and thought of the train because I love going to Disneyland,” said Babayar, “and Taylor finalized the sketch for us.”

The design took about three hours to come to life and covers a large portion of the South East side of the Applied Arts building.

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Emma Lapp, 18, shows off her groups design sketch which was inspired originally by crystals. Photo credit: Emily Ledesma

Emma Lapp,18 and a Special FX Makeup student, Jizelle Laxamana,18 and an art student, and Katheryn Trubia,18 and a fellow art student, started with their focal point. Their original idea was crystals shooting out from the inner side of the art building.

It took their group two hours to design but at the last minute, they changed from crystals to buildings due to the difficulty of the design and time constraints.

There are currently eight designs on and throughout the Applied Arts building at Moorpark College but they won’t be up for long. Students and faculty are more than encouraged to take a walk and explore the 2-D designs.

“The designs are all really unique,” said McElroy. “You’ll see a lot of nice variety.”

For more information on the 2-D design class head to the Moorpark College website. Classes will be offered for Summer 2019 for four weeks starting in May and Fall 2019 beginning in August.