My high school students took on self-portraits using a grid. They used basic shading skills and built upon them by using pencil and matching the values in the photos I took of them. I knew that my kids might be a little sensitive about their work, so I decided to combine this project with something else.
I then had my students choose a superhero (some chose a villain) and they drew this using a grid method as well. I had them use colored pencil on this one to create some contrast.
We then cut them up...oh my some of my students were not too happy about this! One of the drawings they cut in 2 inch vertical strips, the other drawing in 2 inch horizontal strips. They then wove them together, figuring out which part they wanted to show and which parts they wanted to hide.
I like this idea and like that it can be changed to be a million things! Limitless subjects and mediums can be combined to create a variety of different looks.