Shading Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

This lesson plan will educate your students about shading in art. They will also participate in fun activities and create their own drawings while utilizing proper shading techniques.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Define some terms associated with shading.
  • Explain how shading is used to enhance a drawing.
  • Name some famous artists that excelled at shading techniques.


1 - 1.5 Hours


  • Colored pencils
  • Internet access
  • Photo of the human eye, one per pair of students
  • Sketch pad paper (books available for a few dollars)
  • Standard #2 pencils
  • Three flashlights with fresh batteries
  • Wooden blocks of varying geometric shapes

Key Vocabulary

  • Contrast
  • Crosshatching
  • Dark
  • Hatching
  • Light
  • Shadows
  • Values

Curriculum Standards


Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Instructions and Activities

  • Inform your students they are going to be learning about shading techniques.
  • Ask them if anyone is familiar with the concept.
  • Review the key vocabulary terms.

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