Masters of Illusion Elementary Unit

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Tricks of Perfection

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by Mary Erickson, Ph.D. and Arizona art teacher Hillary Andrelchik

Tricks of Perfection provides activities that teachers can use can use

  • to prepare young people to explore the Masters of Illusion exhibition at the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA),
  • to focus their attention during a visit and
  • to create illusion in their own artworks.

Teacher/Parent Introduction (pdf)




  • Apples or other round shiny fruits, such as oranges, grapefruit, grapes, tangerines or pears. One fruit for every 3-4 students. Choose a variety to make finished drawings more interesting. Or choose magazine photographs of fruit.
  • Large variety of crayons
  • Assorted colors of construction paper
  • White drawing paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue or glue sticks

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  • Richard Haas for permission to use photographs of his trompe l’oeil mural.
  • Patrick Bailey, Clinton T. Hobart, Ellen Murray Meissinger, John Schieffer for permission to reproduce their artwork used in Lesson Three.
  • Tom Eckert for permission to reproduce his artwork for Lesson One.
  • Hillary Andrelchik and Mary Erickson for photography.
  • Hillary Andrelchik for sample drawings.