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You're a classroom teacher. With a large number of students, you must adjust to the varying pace students work at while still keeping classes aligned. Free time for early finishers just seems to encourage rushing through one's work. We all need engaging and beneficial activities that students can work on individually.
The grid drawing technique is a time-tested method of drawing used historically by the likes of Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Dürer. In traditional grid drawing, an artist constructs a grid over their source image and a proportionately identical one on their target surface. This serves three purposes: (1) A complex image is reduced to a series of simplified parts. (2) The grid itself serves to keep the drawing in correct proportion by using coordinates to properly locate aspects of the image. (3) Finally, when one truly focuses on one square at a time, the left-brain's interpretation of the overall subject matter is less likely to interfere with the right-brain's execution of the task.
As a right-brained drawing technique, mystery grids are particularly suited to addressing left-mode issues. The original image is intentionally scrambled to deny the left-brain access and facilitate a shift to a more beneficial mode of mental processing.
Not an art teacher? This activity isn't just for art class. The technique is easily discernable to the point of teaching itself. Even non-english speaking students can get in on the act.
My Mystery Grids are also available in bundles!
If you'd like to introduce grid drawing as a new concept to your students, you may find my introductory series beneficial.
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Cross curricular with math and art. PDF format.