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Grid Drawing with Ginger Geftakys

Learn to draw simple and complex shapes in proportion using the ancient method of grid drawing.
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Last updated 11/2014
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What Will I Learn?
You and your students will be able to use a grid to draw a figure in accurate proportion to the original.
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  • Paper, Pencil, Download the sample figure.

Hi, I’m Ginger. I'm going to teach you how to draw with a grid.

Grid drawing is a process that uses horizontal and vertical lines laid over an image to break that image up into smaller boxes. This enables the artist to draw each box in proportion. Grid drawing is a process that artists have used for many centuries dating way back to the ancient Egyptians who used it to carve their images in stone century after century in accurate proportion. Although grid drawing is more challenging and technical than observation drawing, even young children can use it successfully if the image that they're drawing is quite simple and only a few boxes are used.

Grid drawing was successfully used by the artist to draw the image in accurate proportions.

Today I'm going to show you how to use a grid. The first thing I'm going to do is take you to a practice session that I held with one of my classes on an earlier day to show them how to use the grid. It's a practice exercise that I recommend for every class of students or every person learning to use a grid for the first time. Because it teaches the eye and the brain to work together and how to analyze the image. After we look at the class then we're going to come back and I'm going to show you how to make a simple grid for your own drawing, how to draw various images, and last of all, I'll show you artwork drawn by students of various ages using the grid drawing technique.

Who is the target audience?
  • This grid drawing course is meant for classroom and homeschool teachers who want their students to learn good art technique.
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Student Section
5 Lectures 28:56
This is a teacher/adult-centered introduction to what the grid art lesson will cover.
Preview 02:38

This is a kid-friendly intro of the lesson with Ginger in front of live students.
Preview 01:45

Ginger demonstrates the grid drawing technique using a "squiggle" to model the basics of redrawing a model image in correct proportion.
Preview 10:30

Ginger demonstrates the grid drawing technique using a hummingbird line drawing to show how the technique can be used to copy an image in correct proportion.
Practice with Line Drawing

Ginger models some coaching techniques for helping students find more success with grid drawing.
Coaching Students
Teachers' Section
3 Lectures 08:49
Ginger shows several examples of student work using the grid drawing technique.
Preview 05:19

Ginger gives a quick explanation of how to create grids for other classroom art projects.
How to Make a Grid

Ginger points out some pedagogical advice about the grid drawing lesson.
Final Comments to Teachers
About the Instructor
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Promotional and Training Video Services for Entrepreneurs

I'm Cliff Rosa: video producer and technology coach. In 1999 I started out as a classroom teacher, and soon rediscovered a passion for video through a traveling video production bus called All the Arts for All the Kids: ArtsLAB. The advent of cheaper/smaller digital camcorders and iMovie made it possible to introduce elementary students and teachers to the basics of film-making and digital video editing. I was hooked!

I made videos with my students, for my school, for my church, and about my growing family. In the following years, I transitioned from classroom teacher to technology coach. I helped schools develop on-campus and online video broadcast solutions. I reinforced my lessons on the basics of Google Drive with videos. I created dozens of promotional videos for school programs, grants, and events. I produced and coached others through literally hundreds of videos through my video production classes and teacher training. My most significant teaching memories are witnessing my students blossom in their digital storytelling skills. Basically, I used video in just about every educational context I could find.

During those 9 years of tech leadership in the schools, not only were my tech skills growing, I was growing as a person. I got my first iPod and was soon devouring podcast and audiobook content by Dave Ramsey, Dan Miller, and many others who got me thinking outside the “career track" lines. I began feeling drawn toward free enterprise. When the “opportunity" arose, I decided to launch into business for myself starting Rosa Media Productions. Now I help entrepreneurs, consultants, and organizations get their message out to their target audience. It is a pleasure for me to team with subject matter experts to amplify their reach with video courses.

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Visual Art Instructor

I am a visual art instructor who has enjoyed teaching art to students of all ages from Kindergarten through college. I've taught visual art in public and private schools and at the university level. Currently, I am a faculty member at California State University Fullerton where I teach visual art to students in our Elementary and Bilingual Education Department and provide professional development in visual art to teachers in Orange County schools. My hobbies include exploring nature with my wonderful husband of 40 years, enjoying my eight grandchildren, and creating scripture art.

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