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Bedrooms explore perspective and careers

Drawing a bedroom similar to Van Gogh's "The Room" will explore perspective and the career of interior decorating.
Drawing a bedroom similar to Van Gogh's "The Room" will explore perspective and the career of interior decorating.
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Art teachers need to include careers in art in their lesson plans. One career that uses the same principles as art is that of an interior decorator. After teaching the students the basics of perspective, they can use those skills to draw and decorate a bedroom. Interior decorators often draw a picture of the room to show to the customer before they begin the work.

The students can practice decision making skills by choosing the style and colors used in the room. Just as art has movements, fashion and interior decorating have movements called trends or styles. Some of the styles of interior decorating include traditional, Early American, modern and Art Deco.

To make this project, you will need:

  • Art print: The Room by Vincent Van Gogh
  • Rulers
  • Pencils
  • Paper
  • Crayons or colored pencils
  • Pictures of furniture from newspaper advertisements that show different styles

Review perspective from previous lesson. Demonstrate how to draw a room, using a vanishing point that you can’t see because the wall is in front of it. Draw four lines from this point to represent the top and bottom of the side walls. Draw a rectangle by adding vertical and horizontal lines to make the ceiling and floor. Use the art print of Van Gogh’s “The Room” as an example.

Point out how furniture rests on the floor by drawing another parallel line to the vanishing point. If you don’t draw another parallel line for both the top and bottom of the chest of drawers, the chest appears to be coming out of the wall instead of resting on the floor. Point out the parallel lines in the art print that are used to draw the furniture.

Once the students have the basic room drawn, they can add furniture in the style of their choice. Have examples of different styles for them to draw from. First sketch it, make any needed adjustments and then do a finished drawing using color, and adding a color scheme. Point to the color wheel poster for examples of color schemes; complimentary, monochromatic, and analogous, which they were introduced to before.


  1. Used parallel perspective lines to draw walls
  2. Used parallel perspective lines to draw furniture
  3. Sketched first and was able to make adjustments, erasures, easily
  4. Used a color scheme

Sunshine State Standards

VA.E.1.3.2 understands the skills artists use in various careers and how they can be developed in art school or college or through internships.

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