Welcome to the second installment of Rocks vs. Sucks, your place to sound off on some of the most controversial topics in art ed. Last week, we looked at Follow-the-Teacher Lessons. This week, Ian is bringing us the ins and outs of using gridding to help students draw. Be sure to let us know what you think about gridding in the comments below! Please remember to keep the comment space professional and educational. Disagree with ideas, not people.
Gridding a technique that is hundreds of years old, utilized by everyone from the High Renaissance masters to today’s contemporary artists. It’s incorporated into lesson plans from elementary through high school. It’s the simple method of breaking down a larger image into smaller parts in order to recreate the image on another surface. It’s structured and effective. It’s gridding…and some say its cheating.
Gridding ROCKS. Gridding is not cheating. It is a drawing tool. Students are still drawing! Breaking down the drawing into easier-to-see parts builds confidence for students who would otherwise feel overwhelmed. Gridding also teaches the use of the ruler, which is a lost skill!
Gridding is copying and copying in the art world is frowned upon. A student prints an image from the internet, grids it with a ruler and pencil, then looks at the shapes in each box to draw the original image accurately on a separate gridded drawing paper; it is copying at best and a copyright infringement at worst. Besides, if the purpose of this process is to recreate the image, gridding is an antiquated method. New technologies, such as document cameras and LCD projectors, and low-tech solutions like tracing paper, provide much more efficient methods of copying images.
So, what do you think!? Does using the grid method ROCK or SUCK? Let us know in the comments below! Please remember to keep it professional!