Drawing Ellipses Bundle – High School Art Lesson – Middle School Visual Art



These two art lessons are good for high school or middle school art classes. They teach students how to draw and shade ellipses in perspective. The video demonstrations, presentations, handouts, and worksheets can be shared with your students via Google Classroom.


The first cross-contour project points out common mistakes and shows how the ellipse changes from different points of view. Students create a cross-contour drawing of a still life of Styrofoam cups. All the reference images are included. These photos can also be used for the second project which focuses on shading ellipses.


This cross-contour line drawing pen and ink project contains:

  • a video demonstration showing students how to use cross-contour lines to describe the form of the objects.
  • A handout on ellipse drawing
  • A worksheet to practice using the technique
  • All the reference photos for students to draw from


The second project describes proper shading techniques using value and building up layers of dark to create a wide range of tones. Students use graphite or charcoal to create a drawing from white objects containing ellipses. This assignment builds on the previous one as students now add value to show dimension to the forms. The objects are all white on a white background so students can see how light creates tones on the forms.


This ellipse drawing and shading assignment contain:

  • A video demonstration showing students how to sketch their still life to scale and shade using proper technique.
  • A handout on shading
  • A worksheet to practice shading ellipses
  • All the reference photos to draw from


The reference photos that are included in both lessons can be used interchangeably. You will get 43 different images of white objects that contain ellipses and white objects. They all vary in complexity making it easy to modify for students of different ability levels.


Need an Easy to Follow Art Sub Plan?

The included worksheets work great as sub plans, and early finisher assignments, for students on home instruction or in ISS. They are easy to follow with the linked videos and for substitute teachers or self-directed learning when the art teacher is unavailable.


All of my lessons can be shared with your students through Google Classroom or any digital platform and are formatted to work for distance learning or in the classroom. They are designed to save you time and help your students access the tutorials, presentations, videos, or worksheets as easily as possible. You can find more ready-to-go, easy-to-follow, time-saving art lessons in my RESOURCE SHOP.


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