CHUCK CLOSE: Grid Drawing Technique - Art Lesson for Kids

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4th - 12th, Homeschool
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This à la cART lesson introduces students to the American artist Chuck Close, grid drawing technique and creating artist statements. They will learn about Chuck Close, how to use a grid system to help sketch animals and what to write in an artist statement.

You will Receive

  • 27-page, non-editable PDF
  • a single class (60 – 90 minute) duration art project
  • an introduction script to read aloud with questions to engage students
  • list of different art techniques used
  • step-by-step instructions with pictures
  • gallery of student work
  • common core art standards
  • extension activity: how to write an artist statement

Materials Needed

I design à la cART lessons to be completed with simple art supplies as it is difficult enough trying to cart materials from one classroom to another. This Chuck Close inspired grid drawing project does need some special materials:


(2) IMAGES OF ANIMALS (I bought a used coy of the National Geographic “The Photo Art: and removed pages for individual students to use).

Approximate Time Needed

The time needed will depend on the age group of students but usually takes approximately 60 minutes for the read-aloud introduction, art lesson and an extra 30 minutes for writing an artist statement.

Read Aloud Introduction

You do not need any art and / or art history knowledge to teach à la cART lessons – it is all laid out for you. The read-aloud introduction introduces the artist and explains art movement and techniques pertinent to the lesson; with questions guiding student conversation.

Reference Materials

I like using visuals to support my lessons. Due to copyright infringement, the art pieces are not included but I have listed the artist and title of the artwork. You can do a Google image search and then share with the class by projecting on a smartboard or whiteboard.

Common Core Art Standards

(4.VA:Cr2.1.4a) Explore and invent art-making techniques and approaches

(7.VA:CR3.1.7) Reflect on and explain important information about personal artwork in an artist statement or another format.

Perfect for grades 4 – 12, homeschooling

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