Classical Greek Architecture…shading techniques

My Art I students created these brilliant compositions after LOTS of hard work…I totally admire their dedication, patience, and skill. We reviewed the element of VALUE which involved creating value scales using different methods of shading.
After studying ancient Greek art and architecture, we focused on the three types of capitals for our artwork: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian. 
Guidelines for student compositions:
  • 12″x15″ paper
  • Draw lightly!!
  • Must include at least two of each type of capital
  • Principles of art to consider-balance, variety, movement
  • Provide variety by-some smaller, some larger capitals; coming into composition from different directions; negative space use
  • Must use overlapping
  • Divide paper into 3″ columns with a 1″ strip at top (for title)
  • Use a different type of shading in each column while retaining the same value
  • Use the same light source throughout
Shading with a light source was NOT easy…students had lots of small details in their drawings, and had to really think about which plane the light would be hitting for each little thing.
So…great job!! 😀


Shading…does it have any value?

Well, of course! ;D Referring, of course, to value as that all important element of art 🙂 After explaining light sources and their effects on objects’ values all day I am half loopy.

Does anyone know of a particularly effective source for teaching shading with a light source? Let me know! We are being pretty complex-using five types of shading, and Greek capitals (results coming up in a couple of blogs).

Here, meanwhile, are a few well-rendered examples from my Drawing class we did to get warmed up.