These value and shading art worksheets are a great addition to your middle school art or high school art curriculum. They can be used year after year, as in an introduction to shading and value lessons, as emergency sub plans, or as a skill builder leading up to a larger drawing and shading project.
Students learn beginner shading techniques and draw simple geometric shapes using the reference images on the worksheets. Keeping the forms small and easy helps beginner artists isolate the new drawing skill and builds confidence fast.
Students love this lesson, and it builds the foundation for drawing more complex forms and gives them confidence from the start. The drawings can be done in graphite pencil on the worksheets, in a sketchbook, or as a final project on drawing paper.
Included are an instructional handout and three drawing and shading practice worksheets. Each art worksheet has a corresponding drawing video demonstration that shows how to complete the lesson. Students simply click the link on the assignment or scan the worksheet with any device and they can access the videos at any time.
This art lesson stresses the importance of building up value slowly, looking closely at the reference photo to compare values, noticing the edges where one value meets another, and not using an outline. Students shade shapes with even tones. It is the perfect first step before learning how to create transitions of value. They learn good habits such as continually looking at the reference and making sure they are shading the correct value. It points out common beginner mistakes and teaches students self-awareness, what to look for, and how to really observe the image.
If you like this lesson it is also offered in my which includes a follow-up activity that teaches students how to create transitions of value
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 with the linked videos and 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