Students draw the simple sections in the appropriate space to reassemble the scrambled image. Watch a mystery grid drawing demo.
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.
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.
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. Download the preview for a free sample of one of my Mystery Grid Drawing products.
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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