This lesson provided the kids an opportunity to express their ideas any way they like - abstractly, realistically, symbolically - and the only restrictions were that they must use at least 6 values from their value scale. Since we were using pens, hatching and cross-hatching was our shading technique of choice.
We looked at a few examples by one of my favorite illustrators, Edward Gorey, who has done many famous black and white illustrations for Masterpiece Mystery! and other books, as seen here:
We began with a shaded value scale and ended the project with a trip to the computer lab to select and print fonts which add to the mood of our character portraits. We really had fun working as illustrators and putting our own personal spins on some classic characters. I am very pleased with our results...
|My teacher-made example|