Art Classes: Level I

FREE Leve I- Art Lesson 1C: Shading Rounded Objects

Learn principles, tools, and skills needed for pencil shading on rounded objects

Art Lesson Description

This FREE lesson teaches students to use drawing pencils to shade rounded 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 Rembrandt, 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,
  • Establishing the direction of the light source,
  • Using gradual shifts in tone to suggest roundness,
  • 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 required 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 Picture
A Finished Picture

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