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Re: Blending values


Date: Thu Sep 12 2002 - 19:50:56 PDT

My school budget is very low- so my pencil stock consists of 2B and Ebony. I
do NOT teach students how to blend with tortillions although I do allow my
art 6 students to use them if they ask me (I have about 100 left in my stock-
should last 5-10 years!). I feel they must first master the graphite medium
in Art 2 first before they move to other tools of manipulation. Art 1
students create a value scale of 10 progressive tones- from very black to
almost white. I have one sample scale posted in the room for reference to
all students. I feel that mastery of this basic skill must be demonstrated
in my students portfolio for acceptance in college. This however is not to
be confused with drawing style. I am VERY flexible and promote individual
styles of drawing - but all must be able to effectively demonstrate form
through value in a minimum of 2 drawings by the time they reach Art 4.
Kathy in Kalamazoo