Colored Pencil Drawing Lesson for Middle or High School Art Beginner - Advanced

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6th - 12th, Higher Education, Adult Education, Homeschool
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This colored pencil middle or high school art lesson is great for beginners, but it also includes a more advanced modification and photo references for more advanced artists. This versatile art lesson works really well for combined level art classes as there are two related projects included.

Beginners draw the very simple single gems and practice layering colored pencil slowly and advanced students draw a more complex still life of multiple gemstones on either black, toned, or white paper. Students learn color theory and how to layer colored pencils to build beautiful rich dimensions of tone.

Lesson Sequence for Introduction to Art Classes and Beginners

Students begin by practicing creating tints and tones with the value scale exercise. Next they use single crystal references and draw just one simple shape at a time. The slideshow and video demonstrations explain color theory and show step-by-step how to complete the project.

The crystals are simple enough that they can focus on building values and not get distracted by complex forms. Next, students get creative and add their own pen and ink doodle patterns to their designs. They can use the handouts and samples as inspiration for their designs.

For Advanced Artists or as a Follow Up Lesson to the Single Crystal

The multiple crystal still life can be done by your more advanced art classes or as a follow up to the single crystal lesson . In this drawing project, students begin with a practice worksheet to help map out the color combinations and tints and shades in their reference images. They then complete a final drawing from the reference they chose.

The reference images have links to a video demonstration showing them exactly how to complete the drawing and layer the colors. This is excellent for when you have multiple level students in one class. Students can always see the demonstration even if you are busy instructing other students.

This download includes:

  • Colored Pencil Google Slideshow.
  • Five video demonstrations
  • Zen Doodle Google Slideshow
  • 2 COLOR PDF color theory Handouts.
  • 2 Sample Zen Doodle Handouts
  • 2 Practice worksheets
  • 4 Pages of COLOR PDF reference images of gemstones with links to the Google Slides Presentation. Students can click or scan the QR code to see the presentation quickly and easily.
  • 6 COLOR PDF reference images of crystal still live with value scale worksheet and a link to video instructions.
  • Teacher Instructions

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Uploading my resources to Google Classroom is a great way for students to access them from their own devices all the time. If you are interested in learning how to upload this lesson to Google Classroom so your students can access all handouts, presentations, videos, worksheets, photo references, and examples from any device at any time, check out my resource on how to use Google Classroom in the Art room. All of my lessons are formatted so they can be easily uploaded and shared with your classes digitally. This is great when you teach multiple levels or if you want to save time repeating instructions when students are absent, in ISS, or home instruction. In this product, I walk you through step by step how to get started and give you tips and ideas to make your lessons go smoother.

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