Grids. How I dislike them, and am not really wild about teaching them. I was always that kid in school who struggled with the grid, not being able to make a straight line with a ruler. It was just easier for me to draw it and not think about it. That's what makes grid drawings so fun. Not because of the tedious work of making the grid, but to see those left brained math kids who have struggled along all year do so well on this project. Whether a student struggles with the grid or not they all seem to be excited about the project because of the content. I've also found it easier for students to first get the concept of the grid down when you break it into simple black and white rather that working with value right away.
Here's just a handful of the drawings 6th grader produced. Most students love to take this project home as homework and usually come back with one of every different superhero!
Here's the same lesson done last year, I decided to go with white paper this time.