Art Teachers

Just curious how others feel about teaching students to grid pictures as a means to draw them more accurately. I grid my own work using photos/still life’s that I create

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I also use a grid draw lesson with my 7th graders. It is a great tool to know and it really boots their confidence (especially since it is a required class for them)!

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Personally I find grid work tedious, however I admit it can be quite helpful as a tool for honing observation skills and scaling. I am not against using it in class at all I often have students flip images upside down (drawing on the right side of the brain).I’m curious to know if you use the grid to teach something specific?

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I use a grid for realistic portraits with my 8th graders. Throughout my 32 years I have found that I have had to defend the technique, but mostly to people who really don’t understand art. They look at it like it’s cheating. When I explain that we study Chuck Close’s work and that it is a legitimate technique used by artists they are surprised. I find that it is so valuable in teaching proportion and get great results. I used to have students just do any black and white photo, but more recently I have been asking them to draw someone who inspires them. I have then write a reflection about the person and what they learned about portraiture. This year I used Seesaw to QR code the portraits and it was the coolest exhibition I have ever displayed. iPhones have a QR code reader built in to the cameras so parents could just hold the camera up to the QR code and hear their child’s voice describing their experience! They were all very good, but this one was outstanding! https://app.seesaw.me/pages/shared_item?item_id=item.0b6c517c-df67-4cb4-ad26-2adfa93766b1&share_token=KMmxZW-eRly8WLxNcfVdFQ&mode=share

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they hate it but in the end, they really do understand why we do it. it's an important skill. a pain in the butt to teach at first, and you'll be repeating yourself so often but honestly worth it

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At the 4th grade level, I use a more simple template for self-portraits that students use for correct placement of the features. This helps with proportions. Then I model drawing each feature, emphasizing the details, and give them mirrors to view themselves. I've had great results.

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