Distance Learning: Middle or High School Art Lesson- Shading



This distance learning shading art lesson is great for middle or high school students. It contains the link to the Google Slides version and the PDF version. Both which can be uploaded and shared through Google Classroom. It contains three activities that build on each other. Each activity has a corresponding video demonstration. Students simply click the link on the assignment and can view the demonstration. Each activity contains the reference images and instructions which can be viewed digitally or printed out.

If you like this lesson it is also offered in my Shading Bundle which includes a follow up activity that teachers students how to create transitions of value

This project is great for beginner students learning how to shade or as a review and practice for more experienced students. This lesson stresses the importance of building up value slowly, looking closely at the reference photo to compare values, noticing the edges where one value meets another, and not using outline. Students shade shapes with even tones. It is the perfect first step before learning how to create transitions of value. They learn good habits such as continually looking at the reference and making sure you are shading the correct value. It points out common beginner mistakes and teaches students self awareness, what to look for, and how to really observe the image.

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