Lesson 4: Tone 1: The four rules of shading

Children learn and apply the four rules of shading; to work evenly and neatly, in one direction, with straight edges and no gaps

Learning Objectives

  • Knowing that ‘tone’ refers to the light and dark areas of an object or artwork

  • Holding my pencil properly when shading

  • Applying the four rules of shading:

  • Shading in ONE direction, creating smooth, neat, even tones, leaving NO gaps and ensuring straight edges

Teacher Video: The four rules of shading


Four Rules of Shading PowerPoint
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Paul Carney,  
Art & Design specialist
Paul has 22 years experience of teaching art as a specialist subject in both Primary and Secondary schools. He is a council member with the The National Society for Education and his expertise has led him to deliver CPD for…
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