Flattening Reality with Molly MacLellan

Flattening Reality with Molly MacLellan

By using a grid with a 1:1 ratio I will show students how to transfer a reference photo onto paper or canvas. Once the student is finished the base sketch of this transfer they can simply erase or paint over the grid lines and work on their painting or drawing which will then be in perfect proportion.

Students will be working from a photo, they will get the chance to bring in an A4 printout of an image
of their choice or can choose from a wide variety of provided images.

Day 1: I will introducing myself and show how I've used the grid method in my own work. Students
will each get a small booklet providing history and instructions on how to use the grid method as well
as a practice example. Students will have the choice between working on a canvas or heavy paper,
based on their enthusiasm and interest. The student will prepare there reference image and canvas or
paper by drawing a grid on each with a 1:1 ratio using a ruler and a pencil. Students can label their grid
by using letters going across and numbers going down. They can then begin to sketch out there images
using pencil.

Day 2: I will begin by giving a short drawing demonstration. Students can set up there spaces and
materials. Students work on their sketch and begin adding colour by using paint or coloured pencils.
Clean up.

Day 3: Students will set up their work spaces and finish there images. Those who finish early will be
provided another small booklet which will show how to draw optical illusions using the same method.
This booklet will also include history, tips and exercises about drawing and painting. Clean up

Material: mechanical pencils, an eraser, coloured pencils, pencil sharpeners, acrylic paint, paint
brushes, a pallet (cardboard paper with aluminum foil), small stretched canvases or heavy paper, their
reference image, a ruler, paper cups, water, and paper towel.

Grade Level(s) 
7 – 9
10 – 12
Teaching Method 
In person
Video conference
Max Number of Students 
3, 3-hour sessions Nine hours total