This lesson was done in the beginning of the year to foster school spirit, introduce grids, and connect with the artist Chuck Close.
Our "practice" intro image was a reproduction of a Chuck Close image on black or white paper square. I numbered and lettered the squares so putting the image together is easier, but I don't tell students what the final image is, they only see their own square and the number indicates what direction is "up." I put numbers on the back, so it's assembled up-side-down and when I turn it over. lots of "Ooohs & Ahhhs."
Their first step was to transfer the lines on their square, and work around those boundaries. I reiterated that their messages should be positive and they were to hide their name inside in some way. They could personalize their symbols too, so a military child could include a camo pattern for example.
If your students are too young to take on this challenge, an alternate idea would be to pre-prepare squares for them to draw on top of and then re-assemble the work. You do the black lines and they complete the rest of the area. I have done this with a photocopier, pushing it to it's highest magnification and copying one area at a time and having student cut out their square. You'll need to number the squares before copying.
When reassembled the top image was the result. Some images of students working on their individual pieces are below.
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