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

Learn principles and skills needed for pencil shading on rectilinear objects

The lesson is suitable for grades 4 through adult.


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:

  • Art Lesson III-4: The African Face
  • Art Lesson IV-7: The Monastery in L’viv: Shading Angular Objects

This lesson includes both VIDEO and POWERPOINT versions of the lesson.


List of Supplies for Each Student:


Approximate Time to Complete the Lesson:

  • Warm-up: 10 minutes
  • Drawing and shading the box: 35 minutes
  • Total time: 45 minutes


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

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