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

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.

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

VA Comp Students Only – Artist Research

Hello! I hope that you enjoyed your week off last week. I hope you are ready to dive back into VA Comp so we can get this year finished strong! We also need to be doing our digital portfolios. The district has not said that this requirement is no longer a requirement. I will be working on a step by step for your weebly sites this week.

When you left school you were given a packet. That packet had a pdf of questions for an artist research assignment. Please choose an artist from the list that is attached to this email from the art of education website. If you do not have the artist research questions please let me know so I can get it to you. Take a look at some of the art that these artist created. Choose and artist based on their work and what drew you to them. This list has a very wide variety of artists so I know there is something here for everyone.

I would also like to do a online live meeting this week or next week if possible. Please let me know what times work for your schedule so we can make sure we can get as many people on as possible.
Here is the list of Artists

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

Alternative Paints!

Today’s assignment has to do with using alternative painting methods. Did you know that painters in the past had to come up with their own paint mixtures? They didn’t have stores to go and buy paints at like we do. So, put on your renaissance hat and become a scientist as well as an artist!

Please watch the video for a little more explanation:


Helpful Hints:

  • Use hot water to dissolve candy, jello, koolaid, etc.
  • Use as little water as possible to create the color so the hue will be strong. You an dilute the color as needed later using a watercolor technique.
  • Practice on a separate sheet of paper to get used to the paint and techniques.
  • Do not expect perfection, be flexible with the process.
  • Ask your parents permission before you use any of the items above.


I also want you to think outside of the box about tools you can use to paint with. You can use q-tips, silverware(like a dip pen), your finger, a clean make up brush, etc. Many of you may not have paint brushes so just use what you have.


Watercolor Techniques

Please see the illustration for visual representations for different water color techniques:

  • wet brush on dry paper
  • wet brush on wet paper
  • sprinkle wet paint with salt for added texture when dry
  • use a white crayon as a way to resist water color paint and keep white parts white, you must draw on the highlights first for this to work.

Your assignment is to create a painting using this alternative paint that you have made. This is an experiment, I do not expect perfection. I want you to have some fun, think outside of the box and take your time creating your painting to have differences in value(shading). I don’t care what you paint as long as it has 3-dimensional form and shows shades of light and dark. Good Luck! I am excited to see what you create!

Image of Laurel Snyder

Second Distance Learning Assignment

Hello Artist’s!!

A local children’s author Laurel Snyder is looking for some animal illustrations for her new picture book that is coming out. Please see the video below for more specific information. Please email all illustrations next week so we can send them to her for her careful consideration. Remember to add details, color, take your time to make it your own and unique.


Happy Creating!!