Art Classes: Level I

FREE Level-Art Lesson 1B: Shading Objects That Have Corners

Learn principles and skills needed for pencil shading on rectilinear objects

Art Lesson Description

This FREE lesson teaches students to use drawing pencils to shade rectangular objects in order to make them look three-dimensional.

  • The lesson teaches students the word chiaroscuro,
  • Asks students to study the chiaroscuro used in a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, and
  • Begins with a warm-up that helps students discover the differences between three drawing pencils: HB, 3B, and 5B.

The lesson introduces these and other principles of pencil shading:

  • Beginning with a mid-tone, and then adding highlight and shadow,
  • The use of a kneaded eraser for highlighting,
  • Techniques to accentuate the contrast on corners, and
  • Using shading to ground an object.

The skills learned in this lesson can be used to more successfully complete the following ArtAchieve Lessons:


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • 1 sheet of 11” x 14” drawing paper—CUT IN HALF (11" x 7")
  • 3 drawing pencils—HB, 3B, and 5B (light, medium, & dark)
  • 1 kneaded eraser
  • 1 blending stump
  • 1 graphite stick
  • NOTE: No printed warm-up is needed for this lesson

Approximate Time to Complete the Lesson:

  • Warm-up: 10 minutes
  • Drawing and shading the box: 35 minutes


Original Image
Original Image
Shading Exercise
Shading Exercise
A Finished Drawing
A Finished Drawing

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