Shading Value Project by Maggie Jo Feldman


  • Identify a range of value in a work of art
  • Create an abstract drawing using a range of values
  • Apply knowledge of value in different contexts
  • Demonstrate understanding of the use of different media
  • Design a Keynote presentation


Students began this unit on value by first watching a PowerPoint and discussing how using a range of light and dark shading contributes to mood, contrast, and texture in works of art. They designed a value scale in their sketchbooks that showed a range of shading from dark to light.

Applying the shading technique, students produced an abstract value drawing.

In order to further enhance their understanding of the aesthetic effects of shading and develop visual awareness, students integrated art and technology to create a Keynote project using their iPads. Their Keynote presentation included a black and white photograph in which areas of light and dark were identified using their value scale.


Here are the steps the students followed to create their project in Keynote:

  1. Students photographed their value scales. Crop and save in PS Express
  2. They searched a color image on the Internet.
  3. In PS Express, they switched the color image to black and white
  4. They went to Keynote and inserted their value scale and image
  5. They identified on the image the range of values using black or white text where appropriate
  6. They added their names
  7. Students chose to make their piece horizontal or vertical and where to place their name
  8. They printed the project

Follow up formative assessment questions:

  1. Was this helpful in furthering your understanding about values in art?
    Answer: majority “thumbs up”
  1. Did you have fun doing this project?
    Answer: unanimous “thumbs up”
  1. What did you learn that was new to you on the iPad?
    Answer: PS Express to crop and adjust color, using different colors text in Keynote

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