are excellent subjects for children to draw.
I live near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. In 2007, a new bridge was built alongside it. We watched the new bridge go up and learned about bridge construction, which of course, led to a drawing lesson! This lesson is NOT in the Draw Write Now books—the children and I were simply drawing our world!
The perspective in this drawing lesson is from the road deck. The Tacoma Narrows Bridge may not be familiar to you, but the lesson can easily be adapted to another suspension bridge simply by substituting the tower design.
BASIC BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION
- The basic parts of a suspension bridge: towers, main cables, anchorage, suspender cables, road deck.
- Artistic styles influence engineers whild designing a bridge.
- Print: Tower Template (.pdf)
- Tracing Paper
- White Paper
PREPARE THE PAPER
Paper clip or tape the tracing paper onto the tower template. (The template is removed in Step 6 and the white paper is taped to the back of the tracing paper.)
See bridgemeister.comIs there a suspension bridge near you?
The Bridge Lesson can easily be adapted to any suspension bridge. Simply substitute the tower design.
(David Denenberg graciously granted us permission to link to Bridgemeister.)
Suspension Bridges of the World
Great Belt East Suspension Bridge, Denmark
Menai Strait Suspension Bridge, United Kingdom
Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, Japan
Kawarau Gorge Suspension Bridge, New Zealand
Castle Bergedorf Moat Footbridge, Germany
Suspension Bridges of the United States of America
Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
Nisqually River Suspension Bridge, Mt. Rainier National Park, WA
Footbridge, Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, ID
Preston Memorial Suspension Bridge, River, Kentucky
Dent Suspension Bridge, Orofino vicinity, ID