This middle or high school art drawing lesson can be used in the classroom or via distance learning. It can be shared with your students through Google Classroom or any digital platform your school is using. It contains three shading 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.
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 learn to shade transitions of value. These worksheets are meant to follow my lesson on building up solid shapes of value found here:
These drawings help students 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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