Lesson 4: Tone 1: 3D Pencil Drawings

After completing a line drawing of a piece of ribbon, children work on adding tone to make it look three dimensional using different gradients of pencil

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • I can create a 3D drawing

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using line, shape, form and space
  • Be taught about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will probably need one to one demonstration of holding the pencil, especially with lighter tones.


Pupils working at greater depth: Can also develop some observational drawing using colour as well as pencil tone.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art & Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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