Middle or High School Art: Drawing and Shading Ellipses-Distance Learning


Product Description

This middle or high school art drawing and shading ellipses project can be shared digitally through Google Classroom or any digital platform. It is great for distance learning or as an in-class project. Students learn how to draw with graphite and build up value slowly.


This Drawing and Shading Ellipses Project contains:

  • Teacher instructions with a link to a complete Google Slide Presentation. This presentation has links to the video demonstration, practice worksheets, reference images, and rubrics. This makes sharing digitally with students so easy. You only need to copy one link and they can access all of the resources from one place.
  • A video demonstration that shows a drawing from start to finish highlighting important aspects of shading white on white objects and creating depth using value.
  • 23 reference photos to draw from
  • A practice worksheet with hints and tips to shade the cup and build value gradually.
  • A worksheet that covers value and shading form to create depth and dimension.
  • A digital rubric for easy grading


This resource is a great follow-up lesson to the cross-contour ellipse drawing lesson. The reference photos were taken by me and contain simple white forms containing ellipses with a white background. They vary in complexity and are great for teaching many different levels of ability. They are divided into four quadrants which can be divided further if needed to break the image down into easier-to-draw shapes. This is a great way for students to learn how value defines the edges of objects and practice layering and blending to create depth and dimension in their work. The video is just under ten minutes and is sped up, cut, and edited so students see the drawing happen from start to finish. It highlights common mistakes and shows how layering graphite or charcoal creates a smooth realistic-looking form.


The only materials needed for this project are paper, pencils or charcoal pencils, a pencil sharpener, and an eraser. Blending stumps are optional.


Need an Easy to Follow Art Sub Plan?

The included worksheets work great as sub plans, and early finisher assignments, for students on home instruction or in ISS. They are easy to follow are easy for substitute teachers or self-directed learning when the art teacher is unavailable.


All of my lessons can be shared with your students through Google Classroom or any digital platform and are formatted to work for distance learning or in the classroom. They are designed to save you time and help your students access the tutorials, presentations, videos, or worksheets as easily as possible. You can find more ready-to-go, easy-to-follow, time-saving art lessons in my RESOURCE SHOP.


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Middle or High School Art: Drawing and Shading Ellipses-Distance Learning