Charcoal Drawing Techniques Lesson Plan & Worksheet

 Charcoal Drawing Techniques Lesson Plan & WorksheetThis 9 page lesson plan with student worksheets is perfect for 4th-12 grade and is a great introduction to any value or charcoal lesson.  It is so important that students understand what a medium can do, this  lesson will teach students some of the possibilities that charcoal is capable of. Teacher guided worksheets provide students with the basic techniques necessary to beginning any charcoal drawing. This is also a great refresher worksheet to get warmed up prior to beginning a project.

Supplies Needed:

Students will:

  • Learn about the element of art called value.
  • Learn various techniques using the medium of charcoal and rendering with value.
  • Review the 5 Elements of Shading: Highlight, Shade, Shadow, Reflected Light and Cast Shadow.
  • Demonstrate understanding of shading techniques by rendering two-dimensional shapes so that they appear realistically three-dimensional.

 Types of Strokes

  1. Edge or Tip
  2. Side

Creating Value Scales

  1. Optical Blending: (hatching or cross-hatching)
  2. Pressure Strokes
  3. Blending

Blending Charcoal

  1. Your finger
  2. Paper Stumps & Tortillons
  3. Kneaded Erasers and Chamois Leather

 Additional Techniques

  1. Scumbling

Charcoal Scumbling

2. Dusting

Charcoal Dusting

3. Masking

Practice Shading Forms

PVC Pipes Shading Practice (PVC Pipe Drawing)


Also includes Lego practice drawing

Lego Shading Practice Worksheet Preview

Additional Observational Drawing Skills Lessons:

Lego Charcoal Drawing

PVC Pipe Charcoal Drawing

Small to BIG – Enlargement Drawing

Chex Mix Cross-Hatching Drawing – Value Through Line

Sliced and Diced Form Drawing

Body Proportions – Wooden Mannequin Drawings – 2 Lessons

LEGO Colored Pencil Drawing

Sea Shell Pastel Drawing

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