Value Studies

The last few weeks I’ve been teaching the eighth graders about Value.  If you’re not familiar with art lingo – Value is the darkness and lightness of a single color.

There are many ways to accomplish value in art.  You can do it with pencil, crayon, or colored pencil, by either applying little to very hard pressure when coloring. If you can master this technique – your illustrations are guaranteed to look all the more realistic.


Achieving value with paint can be a bit trickier because it requires some color theory knowledge and a good eye when it comes to mixing paints.

Eighth graders were asked to create a 5 layered landscape which were painted in using a value scale – from light to dark.

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I was pretty pleased with their results.

Noam Yagel 8B
Levi Kreimer 8B
Ally Meiselman 8B

I’ll post the rest when the remainder of the eighth graders are done.  🙂

This week 4th grade also began working on some value studies inside their sketchbooks – sketchbooks are definitely in use right now, so hopefully everyone has them by the next week (grades 3-7)!

Grades 5-8 are working on giant Zentangle initials.  Here is an example of what they may look like when they’re complete.


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Kindergarten had a special clay day since they were all done with their turkeys!

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They love Clay day – I mean who doesn’t??

First Day of Art Class 08/27/15

The first day of art was awesome!  I taught 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th and 8th grade.  The students have overall been very sweet and welcoming.  Our school year is destined for greatness.

Grades K-2 are getting to play with clay this week.  In the past, this has been my reward for well-behaved classes but I figured it would be nice to start the school year off with this project so they may see what kind of treats are in store for this year in art.  Needless to say the little ones LOVED it…

Jack and Aaron working diligently
Skyler showing off her creation
Meira and Levia adding texture to their clay creations
Mia working hard
Aaron showing off his clay creation!
Benjamin and Yair collaborated!
Orli is VERY focused!


And 4th, 5th, and 8th grade created self-portraits.  We tried to create the features that make us unique whether it’s birthmarks, eye wear, braces, etc.  They did a very nice job and most of them tried very hard!

Ray and Matanel showing off their work
Noam is very gifted!
Micah did a GREAT job
Micah and Yakira are very focused
Josh and Lirit making great work
Loving Milo’s nametag and his portrait!
Gabriel did a great job