Recommended materials: HB (normal #2) pencils, any 'B' value pencils, and 'H' value pencils. Although a wide range of pencils is helpful and fun, some of my students just stick to one HB pencil, one 'B' pencil and one 'H' pencil.
My little artists LOVE value + value pencils. I found that in past years, I spent way too long on value ‘exercises’ + the initial excitement wore down a bit. I wanted to capture that initial energy, so I created this quick value practice sheet with smaller ‘fill-in’ squares + made an accompanying video (unlisted Youtube link is included in the PDF). The kiddos stayed engaged; they loved jumping in + using the value pencils while also gaining an understanding of new materials/concepts. We completed this practice sheet in one 45 minute class with time to spare for extra value pencil play/experimentation. Now my little artists have the value practice sheets in their folders + are using it as a reference for their beautiful animal drawings. You can look at the video for reference for practice sheet instructions or you can just play the video for your kiddos to draw along with! I do not pre-number the value scales, so that could be done according to your preference. I used a normal #2 HB pencil for the top four value scales + for the ‘9 value scale challenge.’ I personally DO have my completed example under my document camera so that I can zoom in + show the details in the boxes for the kiddos as they work on their practice sheet. It can be tough to see the very small hatching details on the video (if you choose to play the video for your students to follow along).
The boxes are not perfectly straight on here; they are hand-drawn without a ruler! I suppose that I could have used a ruler, but I feel like my worksheets with some of the wibbly-wobbly lines that naturally happen when doing things by hand take away perfection pressure. Throughout my 10 years of teaching, for some reason, I find that the few times I give my little artists pre-made info or practice sheets, they always do better when it’s all hand-done rather than computer generated.
This value sheet is not intended to be a full project in itself, nor do I cover a full range/explanation of leads even in the video; rather, this is just a quick introduction to pencils/value pencils for young students. We are currently using this value sheet as a springboard into our animal drawings. It has worked beautifully + I feel that the students are gaining + retaining information/practice better than ever with the sequence of starting with the quick value sheet/video.