In this black and white colored pencil high school art lesson, students learn how to use value to create depth and dimension shading metal tools. The drawing is done on gray toned paper. The compositions are dynamic and students gain a lot of confidence in their observational drawing skills with this project. I find the most challenging and frustrating part of starting a grid drawing is finding a good image, gridding the photo, and helping many students at various stages of completion all at once. This lesson includes:
- 30 pre-gridded close up images of different tools.
- an instructional handout explaining how to grid the drawing paper with specific measurements and a diagram. (when students forget how big to make the grid or were absent for the demonstration, refer them to the handout. It gives you so much more time to help more students with drawing issues.)
- an edited video demonstration that shows the drawing unfold in under 6 minutes. It explains how to use the medium and grid and points out common challenges students often face when drawing.
The gridded images are high contrast 8×10 black and white photos and can be used for drawing using any medium you choose. They are great to have on hand to use as a subject for exploring light and shadow in a variety of different media.
I’ve found that often the gridding process and getting good reference photos is where students get frustrated and make critical mistakes that can make or break the final drawing. By having all of that already done, they can focus more on the drawing and build confidence in their shading skills. The gridded images are high contrast 8×10 black and white photos and can be used for drawing using any medium you choose. They are great to have on hand to use as a subject for exploring light and shadow in a variety of different media. The results of this project are always beautiful.
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