Introduction to Value Practice

This project is a full introduction to different shading techniques to portray the art element of value in artwork. We use the same ways to practice each technique by drawing a value scale, a sphere with shadow, and a cylinder with shadow to practice each technique.

The three techniques that we work on with this assignment are pencil shading, cross-hatching and stippling with a pen. Each technique really helps a student take their artwork to the next level in mastery. They can take two dimensional shapes and create a more three dimensional form to show space and give a more advanced look to their work.

The following is a stop motion video I did to show my students how to do the stippling technique.

This video shows the lesson given with the cross-hatching technique:


Student Work Examples

  • 8th grade student

Austin’s Butterfly – A Lesson on Critique

This is one of my favorite lessons. This lesson is one of the moments when I get to watch my students think about art differently and think about their work differently. This lesson ties the content to other subjects and shows how art can be used to learn valuable life lessons beyond just learning to think creatively.

We Begin by doing a quick drawing of a butterfly. I do not explain to the students why we are drawing the butterfly. We have a warm-up drawing for every class and so this becomes our warm-up for the day. Then we watch the following video:

My Austin’s Butterfly Lesson Recording

Student Flipgrid Responses

Painting Our Emotions

Many artists describe painting their emotions and feelings into their artwork. In this assignment we explore how we can represent our emotions in our artwork.

How do we represent an emotion?

What color do you associate with an emotion? Do you think your emotion can be described with shape and with line? How else can we express what we are feeling with art?

Please watch the following video of a lesson I created to help students explore how they can portray an emotion:

Student Artwork Examples

Semester Reflection


I can’t believe our semester is already ending. It didn’t end the way we thought it would when we first started that is for sure!! Every semester I have my students reflect on their experience in art and their artwork. I want you to do the same thing now. I want you to write an answer to the following questions on this documentthis document and send the document back to me. I want you to be honest, I want you to consider your answers and use correct grammar when answering the questions. Reflect on your feelings about where you started and where you ended up with your artwork. I also want to know your honest feelings. I use these responses to create lessons and improve my class for the next group of students.
Please come to the school and pickup your artwork it is in the cafeteria. It is separated by class and arranged alphabetically by class.
I want you to know that I am glad I got to be your teacher. I hope you have a good summer and get some rest in. I hope we can see each other in person in the fall. Take care of yourselves! I miss you!!

Come and Pick Up Your Work!!

I have everyone’s portfolio of work for the semester in the cafeteria ready for you to come and pick it up. I have fired the seventh grades pots that were waiting to be fired so you can also take those home. Please make sure you come and pick up your student’s work before Wednesday!!

If you have not signed up for a time slot please find the sign-up here:
Materials Pick UpMaterials Pick Up

VA Comp Only Quarantine Self Portrait


I would like for you to draw a self-portrait of how you are feeling about this time of quarantine away from school. Please make sure your drawing is as close to real life as possible. Take your time, color is with watercolor or colored pencil. If you need to brush up on drawing realistic faces please go to my blog and look for the assignments posts for the other classes on those subjects. This will be the last assignment I give to you so I want you to take your time and please put your best effort into it.

The Principles of Design


The principles of Design are a crucial piece into understanding how to arrange the elements of art into your artwork. Remember the elements? Line, shape, color, value(shading), texture, form(3-D Shapes), and space. Using these elements to create your artwork help put the language of art into your work. Everyone was given a worksheet the day we left school that has the elements listed. You are to write the definition of each element of art as it pertains to the art world and then draw your own illustration of each principle in the space given. You will cut out the pieces of the principles and then stack them according to size and staple them. These should be put into your sketchbook so you can refer back to them. They are a good resource to have. I am including a video of the same teacher who we watched for the face drawings. I think she does a fantastic job with explaining the principles and how they are used. Developing your composition when you create art is a very important skill to have. I know our semester is winding down. Keep doing amazing work! We are almost done. If you need the pdf of the principles I have also attached it here.

VA Comp only Photo Scavenger Hunt

Hello VA Comp!
Please use your phone/camera to create pictures for the following scavenger hunt items:

Portrait of an Artist
Patterns in Nature
Old with New
Balancing Act
A tight Squeeze
Shapes in Nature
Letters around the house(out of items that would not normally be letters)
Looking Through
An Awakening

When you take your pictures I want you to take into account how you frame your photo. Pay attention to the composition. Try and include angles and close-ups that you would not normally consider to make the composition more interesting. Also consider creative ways to portray each scavenger hunt item. Remember take your time, try new things. Let’s see what we come up with. I am hoping to have a gallery of your images and I will let you know how to upload them to turn them in.

I hope you are having a good week!
Mrs. Wong

Drawing Noses and Mouths

This week we continue with drawing facial features. We will be drawing a nose and a mouth. Please watch the following videos as an example of how to do this. It takes practice just like the eyes we did last week. We are getting ready to do a self portrait once we get all of our facial features. Remember when we started this semester and we drew a face on the back of our student information sheets? This is when you see just how far you have come this semester in your skills! There is a method to all of these pieces we are working on.

Please send your noses and mouths that you draw.

Hopefully I can get a gallery of all of your hard work while we have been away from each other very soon. I will let you know when that is live for your viewing pleasure.

I miss you all and I hope you are doing well!
Mrs. Wong