Lesson 5: Tone 2: Shading from light to dark

Continuing with their work on tone, pupils employ their patience to practice shading smoothly from light to dark, filling the outline and background of an animal template with tone, contrasting the background with the inside of the template

Learning Objectives

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

  • Controlling a pencil to shade tones smoothly from light to dark using the four rules of rules of shading

  • Blending tones gradually so that there aren’t any sudden changes from dark to light

Teacher Video: Shading from light to dark

Presentation: Shading from light to dark


Activity: Warm-up exercise
Activity: Shading from light to dark
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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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