Value exercise

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I used simple cardboards, black and coloured, even sheets of coloured papers could be good. First, I drawn the scrolls on the coloured cardboards with a pencil. Second, we colored the scrolls with colored pencils: a darker tone for the shaded area, a lighter color for the highlight areas and a white pencil for the most enlightened, using different pressures to create a gradient. Then you cut the scroll’s shape and eventually paste it on the black cardboard. You can also show to your pupils  the effects of light and shadow rolling up a piece of cardboard and illuminating it with a light side. They can understand better where are the lights and the shadow.

Realizzati su cartoncini colorati questi esercizi fanno comprendere la direzione della luce e delle ombre in un oggetto abbastanza complesso, come un foglio arrotolato o un nastro. Una volta colorate le ombre con le matite colorate e le luci con un pastello bianco, la forma viene ritagliata e incollata su un cartoncino nero, per dare ancora più profondità alla composizione.


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  1. Hi Miss!We have done these on coloured paper, doing the lights with white pastel and the shadows with the darker colour (dark green on green paper…). Then we’ve cut the shapes and sticked on black cardboard.You can draw the same shape on the black background with white pastel, to increase the depth.

  2. Again!!! This is a great lesson. You are wonderful! You asked a bit bout my latest post, the face sculpture. had to look up what vinilic glue is. I think it is like our white liquid glue. The paste I used is called Elmer's Art paste. product is slimy and the kids love it! I did use a matte board template because it is a nice, stiff base. Cardboard for the 3-D parts because they are able to cut out with a scissors rather then a knife. They taped these parts on and covered with a light paper (newspaper, tissue paper, even toilet paper) mixed with the art paste. This project took about 8 hours to finish. I'm going to update my post for your question. Others might be wondering some of the same things. Thanks for your comments!


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