The basics! I like to start the year off with a value drawing – not necessarily a grid drawing but that is what I did this year. I let students choose what they wanted to draw. I have a range of subject matter, as you can see from the pictures below. The students then gridded their image and transfered it to a grid with larger squares. The results from this type of drawing are always extremely impressive. Using a grid also takes away any anxiety that students may feel when drawing as a result of the need for it to look ‘like something.’ Each square is it’s own little ‘piece,’ and each square on it’s own is very abstract. Students can take it one square at a time, using only values and no lines, or they can use the grid lines as guidelines to draw the whole image and add the values later.