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