I am kicking myself for not being a rule breaker to my own rule years ago. Isn’t it weird when you set rules for yourself and end up just going along with them. In the past I have asked my students to glue down half the photocopy, for what reason? Actually, I do know why. This exercise helps beginning artists see and match value. Is it necessary? No! My students have been doing such a great job this year with shading I didn’t see the point. I changed this lesson at the last minute and gave them the option to glue or not to glue. Nobody glued and I am so glad. I love seeing these drawing hanging on the wall and they are so proud of them.
During this project I introduced some peer and self-critique activities. I think having students participate in critiquing each other is very powerful. First of all, they are harder on themselves than I would ever be. Secondly, it is hard for me to talk to every student each period. I feel peer critiques give students focus and drive to keep working on their projects. If you don’t utilize peer critiques yet, try it you won’t be sorry.
Link to published slideshow: Grid Drawings
Link to editable slideshow: Grid Drawings