This is very much like the style of portrait artist Chuck Close who creates his paintings using a part-to-whole approach. This lesson lent itself to math integration (using a grid and measurement) and also allowed for retrospective self-assessment on each student’s part to see how their piece became such an important part of the puzzle. Students were quickly able to assess their individual strengths and weaknesses as well what was successful as a whole.
This was also challenging because students had no idea what they were painting as they were working on each individual square. Keeping their piece the right direction when painting it, addressing placement, proportion and size all were very vital to the painting also. In the end we feel the panther recreation turned out quite well and the process that took place was valuable for the art students involved.