The grid method is a technique used in art that involves dividing an image into a series of smaller, more manageable sections using a grid. A grid is typically drawn over the reference image, and then students use the grid to draw the image on their own piece of paper, carefully replicating each section of the grid. This technique can be used to draw almost anything, including still lifes, landscapes, portraits, and more.
Grid drawings can be a helpful tool for teaching drawing to your students for a variety of reasons. Here are some of the benefits:
You’re always going to get some students who really struggle with grid drawings. This may be a reflection of some sort of spacial awareness problem or special need. One strategy that might help them is to create a viewfinder that is the exact size of the square, so they can isolate one square at a time. Using two L-shaped pieces of paper makes this easy. See the image below.
Many artists use grids to scale up or transfer their drawings or photography onto canvas. Below is a Degas drawing that he made of his older sister. The grid was added so that he could scale up and transfer the drawing onto canvas. The resulting unfinished painting enlarges the composition by about fifty percent.
There are a few potential drawbacks to using grid drawings as a teaching tool or as a drawing method. Here are a few potential negative sides to using grid drawings:
Overall, it’s important to consider the suitability of grid drawings for the specific subject matter and the goals of the drawing exercise and to balance the use of grid drawings with other drawing techniques and approaches.
Grid drawings can be a helpful tool for teaching drawing and can be used to draw a wide range of subjects. They can help students learn to draw accurately, develop their observation skills and spatial awareness, and introduce new techniques and skills. However, it’s important to keep in mind that grid drawings may not be appropriate for every situation or subject matter.
When designing your lessons and curriculum, make sure you include a wide variety of drawing techniques and processes. This way, you will create a diverse, exciting and inclusive curriculum.
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