Students reassemble the scrambled image using the grid coordinates as they reproduce the easy-to-draw sections.
The grid drawing technique 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.
The grid technique is very effective at teaching itself and so, equally useful for non-art classes. The process addresses certain math concepts and the variety of subject matter can relate to other areas. This activity also transcends language barriers. Students of any language can successfully interpret the method.
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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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