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

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To show tone by shading

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • To develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
  • To improve their mastery of Art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal paint, clay]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Should concentrate on shading the animal rather than the background. They may also require more time to complete the task and should revisit their work to refine and improve it.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should work through more than one of the activity sheets to refine their skills further.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
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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