This is a great way to practice making different values using different patterns. I got this value study from fellow art teacher Todd Stahl here. What a great exercise. Can you come up with six different values with six different patterns? Let's Find out.
Value is defined as the relative lightness or darkness of a color. It is an important tool for artists, in the way that it defines form and creates the illusion of space. Contrast of value separates objects in space and makes a pleasing composition, while gradation of value suggests mass and contour of a surface. In the drawing above, value contrast separates the wooden figure from the background, and the sphere from the background as well, while gradation suggests the curves of the sphere's surface and of the other forms.
I spent last weekend with like minded people at the CA Art Ed Association SoCal conference in idylwild. I got so inspired. I took the circle painting class by artist Hiep Nguyen, and worked collaboratively with other art teachers.
We read one of my most favorite books today in kindergarten, it's "The Art Lesson" by Tommie DePaola, a autobiography so to speak. Well the story has a great art teacher in it and a turkey too, so I always like to read it in November and make turkeys.