In art we use the word "value" to mean something different than "the worth of". Value, in art world, is the lightness or darkness of black as well as colors. The gradation of black was my focus. I asked the students to convey three dimensionality of a pumpkin by using darkness going into lightness, then white, in their pumpkin drawings. I had laid out only white paper, an eraser and one black oil pastel at each student's place. With the fourth graders, I added salmon colored paper for use after the black and white drawing.
|Fourth grade value drawings.|
Actually, I carefully asked the students with prison bars on their pumpkins to try again, and to curve those bars a bit. I zipped around the room making homemade nubs for blending. They seemed to enjoy the blending process, as if it was magical. I always love seeing that excitement.
|Second grader's value pumpkin.|
I think they had a good time, because, once again, it was all new to them. They all wanted to take their nubs home. But, as I gathered up the mostly spent oil pastels, I wondered from where my next batch of pastels would come. I guess I'll have tomorrow's group use brown. One has to be flexible in Morocco:-)
That's the way the oil pastels crumble!