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Level: Junior, Middle School, Highschool
Grades: Gr. 3-12 | Age: 5 and up | Written by: Roberta Scrivener
[Roberta is an art educator at Temple Christian School in Madison Heights, VA]

Students will learn the classic method of drawing, on toned paper with charcoal or black pencil, heightened with white.

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Talk about the depth that shows in many drawings, and how they are not merely outlines, but also have shading added. Explain that this describes two kinds of drawing: contour, and shaded. Show examples of drawings done on tinted paper, from Da Vinci, Michaelangelo, Degas, and others. Point out the delicate shading-soft close parallel lines. Practice this type of linework on the scratch paper. Make sure that the students are working with a light touch. Display the still life, and talk about how it can be drawn, showing the areas such as circles and curved lines that can be picked up on. Have students begin with an outline drawing, working on the objects in the front first, and then adding shading as they see it. Allow students to add highlights with the white chalk.



Hold up drawings, noting the similarities with the master drawings looked at earlier. Talk about working from other artists' drawings, noting that this is a time-honored practice. Encourage students to continue to work in this vein at home, as well.

Recommended Books/Products:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain
by Betty Edwards
Translated into thirteen languages, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain is the world's most widely used drawing-instruction guide. People from just about every walk of life--artists, students, corporate executives, architects, real estate agents, designers, engineers--have applied its revolutionary approach to problem solving.

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