Saturday, January 21, 2012

I teach my art 1 kids how to shade, but I teach them how to do it with a pen.  I give them a quick pencil shading lesson, and then I show them how to shade with a pen.  The results always amaze them.  Pencil drawings done by kids are rarely done well because kids usually don't put enough contrast in their work.  I have only had one student in my years of teaching successfully create a good quality pencil drawing.  With pen, the contrast is automatic and the work looks sharp.


  1. I use regular Bic pens, the ones in the clear casing.

  2. These are fantastic drawings. I also have real difficulty getting students to use the full value scale when drawing. It can be so frustrating! I've never done pen shading before. Thanks for sharing!


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