This unit has been a HUGE success with my grade 7 students. I have now taught this to three trimesters and each class has surprised me with their creativity and motivation. Of course each class wants to do a little better than the group before them.
The students began with tonal exercises so that they understood the differences between HB-8B pencils and the importance of being able to shade from level 1 (white) to level 5. We viewed a wide range of art and counted the levels of darkness.
I have more work I need to photograph but here are the completed light bulbs so far:
Students always work at a different pace from each other so once they were complete there were three small extension tasks to continue with. The first was to create an ice cream and tone it using watercolour paint.
The second was to tone an eye and have it peering through a ripped hole of a newspaper.This was inspired from one of the optical art paintings in the slideshow from Chiang Mai. Lastly, the students will create an A4 optical art inspired from this tutorial found on Pinterest:
To learn more about tone please have a look at my Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/rjardin/tone/