Masters of Illusion Secondary Unit

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Tricks of Perfection Overview

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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)




  • #2 pencils
  • Erasers
  • Variety of flat items to use as subject matter for drawing in Tricks of the Trade lesson.
  • White drawing paper

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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.