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??