High School Art Project Beginner Drawing and Shading in Graphite



Introducing the Beginner Value Drawing and Shading Art Project for Middle School or High School Art—Say goodbye to the stress of planning every single step because this lesson bundle has got your back. This comprehensive package will be a welcome addition to your art curriculum and provides everything you need to teach value and shading techniques.


Are you tired of the endless search for the perfect reference images for your high school art classes? Do you find yourself answering the same questions repeatedly, like ‘What do I do next?’ Well, get ready to leave all that frustration behind because I’ve got something amazing for you!


With their easy-to-follow step-by-step format, these drawing lessons are like having an extra teacher by your side, empowering you to focus on what you truly love—teaching art. This incredible resource takes care of the planning and guiding aspects, freeing you to dive deeper into meaningful teaching moments with your students.


Prepare to be blown away by the stunning results these art projects produce. They are not just another addition to your middle school or high school art curriculum—they are a game-changer that will take your student’s artwork to new heights.


But wait, there’s more! The materials included are incredibly versatile, giving you the freedom to use them year after year. It’s a cost-effective and sustainable addition to your art curriculum that keeps on giving. Get ready to experience the unbeatable value and longevity this resource brings to your classroom. ♻️✨



Throughout these engaging lessons, teachers and students will explore the following key aspects of shading:


Value and Contrast: Discover how to create depth and dimension in artwork by effectively utilizing proper shading techniques to represent the intricate folds and shadows of drapery.


☀️ Light and Shadow: Students will learn to observe the subject closely and record how light interacts with the drapery, influencing its appearance.


Form and Texture: Students will learn how to use shading techniques to create the illusion of three-dimensional form and simulate the textures found in drapery.


Observational Drawing: Students will practice keen observation, discerning subtle variations in light and shadow on the folds of drapery, and apply these insights to their own artwork.


Creative Expression: Students will have the opportunity to experiment with different drapery subjects and use shading to evoke mood, atmosphere, and depth in their compositions.




✅ OVER 60 Gridded and Non-Gridded Reference Images: Customize the project to suit your students’ individual ability levels with a captivating collection of reference images showcasing objects of varying complexity. You have the flexibility to select images that align with your student’s skill levels. From intricate complex images to simpler forms, these photos offer a diverse range of shading challenges, catering to both beginners and advanced art students.


✅ Rubric: Simplify your assessment process with a comprehensive rubric. This invaluable tool provides clear criteria for evaluating your students’ shading proficiency when working on their drapery drawings. Assess their ability to capture the subtle transitions of light and shadow, texture, and form, guiding them towards mastery and fostering artistic excellence.


✅ 3 Editable Canva Slideshows: Each slide acts as a guiding light, leading students through the step-by-step process of shading drapery objects. Highlighting essential techniques and providing valuable insights, this dynamic visual presentation captures your students’ attention and deepens their understanding of this challenging artistic skill.


✅ 2 Lesson Handouts with QR Code: Simplify access to the lesson materials with a concise handout that summarizes key points and techniques. The included QR code enables students to quickly and conveniently access the lesson slideshow, facilitating self-paced learning and serving as a helpful resource for revision and review.


✅ Practice Worksheets: Dive deep into the fundamental concepts of drawing and shading with the specially designed practice worksheets. These worksheets break down the key elements of shading drapery objects, allowing your students ample opportunity to refine their skills. Through targeted exercises and guided practice, your students will strengthen their understanding and mastery of shading techniques. ✍️


✅ Four Video Demonstrations for Students: Immerse your students in the creative process with two video demonstrations that break down the project into manageable steps. They will witness the entire journey, from setting up the drawing to capturing the intricate details of the drapery folds, bringing their artwork to life.


✅ Teacher Instructions: Comprehensive teacher instructions provide you with invaluable guidance and suggestions for effectively incorporating the lesson into your art curriculum.


How to Use in the Classroom:


Present: Utilize the presentations and video demonstrations in the classroom to save time demonstrating key concepts and skills. These materials guide your students through the drawing and shading process quickly and in detail with lots of illustrations and examples.


Share with Students: Be armed with answers to repetitive questions by sharing the digital resources with your students for quick and easy reference. This is great when students need a review, miss a demonstration, or are remote learning. They can access the slideshow presentations, video demonstrations, and practice worksheets from anywhere, allowing them to get quick answers to common questions, saving you from answering the same questions over and over.


Save Time Searching for Images to Draw: The ready-to-go reference images will save you and your students time searching for the perfect drapery image to draw from and eliminate the frustrations of scaling/editing the perfect image. You can laminate them and use them year after year if you would like.


Build Drawing Skills and Confidence: Use this project to reinforce and expand upon your students’ knowledge of value and shading. Witness their growth as they apply these techniques to create detailed drawings.



Why Teachers Love It:


This resource package is a HUGE TIMESAVER ⏰



❤️ Organization Factor: Have your lessons planned, prepped, and ready to go year after year.


❤️ Engaging and Interactive: The presentations, video demonstrations, and practice worksheets provide an interactive learning experience that will keep your students engaged year after year.


❤️ Step-by-Step Guidance: The detailed instructions, tips, and advice in the video demonstration and presentations will empower your students to create impressive artwork.


❤️ Confidence Booster: This project serves as a great confidence booster, allowing students to witness their artistic abilities flourish as they master the techniques of value and shading.


❤️ Versatile Resources: Whether you’re teaching in-person or remotely, this project can be adapted to suit your classroom needs.




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❓ What level of ability is this lesson suitable for?


This lesson can be used with beginner or advanced artists; however, they should have experience shading simpler shapes prior to this lesson. This project usually follows these introduction lessons on shading:


✏️ Beginner Value and Shading Worksheets

✏️Art Worksheets Value and  Shading




❓ Can this lesson be used virtually and in the classroom?


Yes, this lesson is compatible with a variety of instructional methods. Whether you use interactive whiteboards, projectors, or personal devices, you can seamlessly incorporate the lesson materials into your classroom setup. Enjoy the freedom to choose the approach that works best for you and your students. The lesson materials are easily accessible on your preferred device, making it effortless to integrate them into your virtual or in-classroom teaching practice.


❓ What materials will my students need to complete this project?


This cost-effective project only requires:


✅ Pencils (HB, 2B, and 4B)

✅ White Drawing Paper

✅ Ruler

✅ Eraser

✅ Pencil and sharpener



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