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Shell Still Life

A challenging project in which ninth grade Studio Art students were asked to
shade sea shells using an imaginary light source. The main objective of this
lesson was to have students use value shading to give their shells the illusion
of three dimensional form. A secondary objective was to eliminate all outlines
of the shells so that contrasting value is used to define the shell forms.

Students started with contour drawing exercises. Next they were given the
task of shading basic forms. Finally, using their five best shell drawings drawn
from observation, students created their final shaded drawings.

Medium: Graphite pencil and Charcoal Pencil
*Special thanks to Ken Schwab for the use of this lesson.

Natalie S.                                                               Eva V.


Victoria J.                                                               Nicole D.


Tess Y.                                                                 Renee D.