Students reassemble the scrambled image using the grid coordinates. This artwork features imagery from the Oklahoma flag. Use the included blank grid template or have the students create a separate, custom-size grid. Scrambled grids ensure that student's attention is focused on what they are doing and not distracted by the overall image.
The grid drawing technique is a time-tested method of drawing used historically by the likes of Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Dürer. 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.
Grid drawing isn't exclusive to art class. The technique is very effective at teaching itself. The process addresses certain math concepts and the variety of subject matter can relate to other areas. This activity also transcends language barriers. I have found that non-english speaking students can discern the method and get to work right away.
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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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