Magazine Grid Art Lesson
9 Days (90 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:

P.2 Demonstrate skillful use of appropriate vocabularies,
tools, instruments, and technologies of the visual,
performing, or applied arts discipline.


P.4 Perform, present, exhibit, publish, or demonstrate the
results of the artistic/creative process for an audience.

Objectives:
  • Using a grid, students will enlarge and draw a realistic copy of a photograph of a person's face (a portrait).
  • Student's will use magazine squares to “color” their portrait drawing.
  • Students will display their artwork in the hallways.

Vocabulary Words:
portrait, grid

Preparation:
Have several magazines available for students (magazines with photographs of people's faces). Have copies made of grid drawing packets for each student.

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of magazine grid art
  • grid drawing packets
  • magazines
  • 12x18” white paper
  • pencil
  • rulers
  • scissors

Motivation-Instruction:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will complete grid drawing worksheets.
  • Students will find a photograph of a person's face from a magazine.

Procedure:
Day 1:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will begin grid drawing worksheets.

Day 2:
  • Students will finish grid drawing worksheets.
  • Students will find and cut out a photograph of a person's face from a magazine – photo should be around 5x7” and show a person's full face or ¾ view of face – no profiles.

Day 3:
  • Students will draw a grid over their magazine photograph.
  • Students will draw a grid on their 12x18” white paper. The grid squares need to be smaller on the photograph than on the white paper – but there needs to be equal number of squares on both pieces.
  • Students will begin drawing the faces onto the white paper using the grid method.

Day 4:
  • Students will continue drawing their photographed faces.

Day 5:
  • Students will finish drawing the faces.
  • Student will begin “coloring” in the portraits with cut out squares of magazine pages.

Day 6:
  • Student will continue “coloring” in the portraits with cut out squares of magazine pages.

Day 7:
  • Student will begin “coloring” in the portraits with cut out squares of magazine pages.

Day 8:
  • Student will continue “coloring” in the portraits with cut out squares of magazine pages.

Day 9:
  • Students will finish the portraits and turn in (the more detail, the better the grade!).

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