Teaching Tip Tuesday – 5 Shading Techniques

I found this great resource for teaching art a few years ago that I wanted to share with you today for Teaching Tip Tuesday.

It’s an amazing website called Art Adventures and it has some great tips, tricks, and lessons on it that are very easy to follow.

When I first discovered this site, I printed off these lessons and I’m sure glad that I did because the amazingly useful website is no more.

I scanned the steps for this lesson on Shading Techniques.

There are 5 different ways to shade to give your drawings a sense of depth and realism.

Step 1: Linear Shading – Stippling

Step 2: Using Stippling to Add Depth
Step 3: Hatching
Step 4: Using Hatching to Transform a Shape to a Form
Step 5: Crosshatching
Step 6: Crosshatching to Transform a Shape to a Form

Here is a worksheet that allows the students to practise these techniques.

After I have worked through this sheet together with my class. I have them fold a large sheet of paper into 9 sections so that we can draw shapes. Since there are three rows, we draw three shapes; a cube, a cylinder, and a sphere. We draw these shapes across all three columns and then shade them using three different techniques; stippling, hatching, and cross hatching. 
I follow up this lesson with a really cool project that always seems to engage the students. Come back next week to see details on that. You can also check out the other great Teaching Tips I have posted so far. There are now over 60 tips and they are grouped by theme as well. I hope you find them useful. 

8 Comments on Teaching Tip Tuesday – 5 Shading Techniques

  1. Hi Chase .. this seems really interesting .. and I'm pleased I know about it – I'm so un arty!

    Anyway .. I look forward to part 2 next week .. go well- Hilary

  2. Hi Hilary,

    Ya know what? I'm not really a visual arts type guy either. But I do teach art. I don't just have my students do projects. We learn techniques, styles, and history. I think this is very important.

    These shading techniques are easy to learn and can be used for quite a few different projects. They work especially well for a comic strip assignment.

    Next week's Teaching Tip is a really cool lesson that builds upon this one.

    I hope you have a great day today! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Hi Chase,

    It always intrigues me how artists use different methods for shading, thus giving an object that three dimensional look.

    It's sad the website is gone as it looks like it would have held tons of valuable information.

    That was smart of you to print off the lessons. Now, the information lives on….

  4. Hi Barbara,

    The website seemed to be a commercial for its products. You can see that in the instructions for the projects when it says to use a specific product. I'm guessing that company is longer be in business.

    But the wesbite had some great lessons, including one more that I will be sharing here in two weeks.

  5. Caira Jane Balading // October 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm //

    Can you post a Blended Shading please? Because, I need for my assignment. Thank you

    • Chase March // October 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm //

      Hi Caira,

      That’s all the shading resources I have. Sorry I can’t help you out further.

  6. Maria Rosario B. Tejero // July 13, 2017 at 10:53 pm //

    Hi Chase, this is very interesting. It’s perfect for my class, Thank you !

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