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Art 2 Colored Pencil Prep Work

After we review the Elements & Principles in Art 2, I have the rest of the course divided up by media.  I change up the order from year to year.  Recently, we started the unit on Colored Pencils.  I generally begin with a review of basic color theory that they have hopefully been taught in Art 1.   Then, I give them a little colored pencil demonstration.  Many students don’t know how to mix colors with colored pencils, so I show them how to apply the color lightly in layers and then burnish to mix new values and colors.  I have students complete a practice worksheet that has various value and intensity scales.  It is available in my TpT store.

The next day, we watch a video tutorial from The Virtual Instructor that shows three different methods for shading a sphere with colored pencils.  I make them draw the 5 basic geometric forms and one organic form (jelly bean, mango, pear, peanut shape, etc.) using any or all of the techniques from the video.  Colored pencil must be properly layered and/or burnished until no white from the paper shows through.

After all this colored pencil prep work, we are ready to start an actual artwork using them!  In my next post, I’ll give you the steps to my Art 2 colored pencil lesson, Arcimboldo Inspired Self-Portraits.

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Hi, I’m Erin!

I’ve been a high school art teacher at a rural school in WV for the past 14 years. I teach Art 1, AP Art + Design, Art 2 and 3. 
I’m a little obsessed with my sweet husband. Together we have FOUR kids and a rescue dog named Boomer! 
I love a bad pun and terrible dad jokes. I spend time looking at MBTI memes, cooking, listening to serial killer podcasts and Harry Potter audiobooks on repeat. I also teach yoga and indoor cycling. Click the button below to learn more about me. 

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