|Henri Matisse, Still Life with Magnolia (1941)|
|William Claesz Heda, Still Life with Oysters, a rummer, a lemon and a silver bowl (1634)|
We then learned more about value and the value scale, considering how to vary the pressure we use with our Ebony pencil to create a value scale that gradually goes from light to dark. We practiced this on our own and then tried to apply this to an actual object.
In order to practice drawing an object and applying these lights and darks, we looked at marshmallows! At first glance, they appear to be an all-white object, but when you look closer, there are areas that are lighter and darker on the marshmallow. Students identified the darkest area of the marshmallow as the bottom, where it sits on the table. The middle values could be seen on the edges of its rounded side, and the top was the lightest because the light source hit the top of the marshmallow first.
We drew marshmallows from observation, starting with a flat cylinder and adding value and shading to create a three-dimensional object on the paper. If students finished one view, they were encouraged to move the marshmallow onto its side and draw it from a different angle, paying close attention to the way the dark and light areas changed.
We will be continuing to study value and apply it in our artwork.