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re: grids + anamorphic

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Sears, Ellen (
Thu, 27 Mar 97 08:49:00 PST

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The use of grids can only help spatial visualization and proportional
reasoning. Of course, I tend to look at things with the eye of a math
teacher too. It is one way to help students learn to estimate andgles and
fractional pieces, and coordinate systems. (I know - that may not be our
'responsibility'.) What intersects half of the way over in the small grid, is
still going to intersect half of the way over in the larger grid.

As a lead in, we use the book "Zoom" by Istavan Banyai (even
if you don't do grids - this is a neat book... only pictures) The kids do a
contour drawing of a shoe, and it is repeatedly enlarged until you can't tell
what is is. When they are finished they have a series of 5 or 6 drawings,
with the last one done in color (anything goes). We also look at examples of
Chuck Close's artwork, especially recent examples so the kids see that a
'grid' doesn't always have to be lines intersecting at right angles.

We also look at Stan Herd's book "Crop Art" to see the use of grids on a
large scale..

All of this can be tied into the anamorphic drawings too.

This isn't the only way we practice seeing - we have a still life set up
too.. (but who's to say the viewfinders wouldn't have grids...) I have
been amazed at kids that have been successful with this type of drawing (it
has helped illustrate somethings in math too), and it is just a starting

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