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Art Class Volume 3

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Art Class Volume 3


 Art Class Volume 3

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Tone, shade, shadow, color, and more are what your children will learn in See the Light’s Art Class Volume 3.  Join me as I continue to review the Art Class series featuring Pat Knepley and the Yes, You Can Draw Club.

Volume three of the Art Class series contains lessons 9-12, which focuses on value and color.  Throughout all the lessons, Pat encourages the students to draw along with her.  Just pause the DVD whenever needed to give your children time to complete each portion of the project.  Each lesson will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.


Lesson 9

It’s Not Just Black and White


For this class, you will need:

  • 3 pieces of white paper
  • Regular pencil
  • Black Sharpie
  • Eraser

Pat focuses on teaching value and contrast during this lesson.  She does an excellent job in explaining and demonstrating what these two art elements are.




It might be confusing for younger students to understand what value is until they see what it looks like.  Value is what makes a drawing look real.  It is accomplished by creating light and dark shades with the amount of pressure applied with the pencil.  The darkest value comes about by applying lots of pressure on the pencil while drawing.  Soft pencil strokes will create a hint of a grey color and it is the lightest value.  Pat demonstrates what value looks like by shading ever so softly and applying more pressure as she draws across the page.



High contrast is shown by outlining a letter with a black sharpie.  The dark against the white shows high contrast.  Low contrast is subtle shades of grey on white paper.

Pat gives a history lesson on pencils.  Your children may have taken the #2 pencil for granted – thinking it was the only type available.  Pat explains how artists of the 19th century needed something in addition to charcoal in order to achieve the effect they needed in their drawings.  This led (no pun intended) to creating different levels of hardness and softness of graphite in pencils.

Pat refers to a chart showing the different levels of pencils.  I went scouring through our bag of pencils and found we had 4 different types.


Lesson 10

Tone, Shade, and Shadow


The supplies you will need for this lesson are:

  • 2 pieces of white paper
  • Pencil
  • Softer pencil
  • Eraser
  • A round object to trace

Pat revisits the importance of knowing where the light source is coming from when creating a drawing.  The closer to a light source the lighter the value and the farthest from the light source will be the darkest value because it is in the shade.





The painting Jesus and Joseph in the Carpenter Shop by Georges de La Tour is a good example.

The light source is the candle.  It lights up Jesus’ face creating the lightest value.  Isn’t that wonderful?  Jesus is truly our light source.





Pat goes on to demonstrate what tone, shade, shadow, and highlight looks like as she shows how to turn a circle into a 3D shape.  I am not artistically inclined.  Nevertheless, after watching Pat, I think even I can draw a sphere.

Steps for Turning a Flat Circle into a 3D Sphere


  1. Trace a round object with a #2 pencil using very light pressure.
  2. Use a softer pencil (4B) with an overhand grip and follow the contours of the shape while shading in the entire circle.  This gives tone.
  3. Decide where the light source is coming from.  This will determine where to place the darkest value or shadow in the drawing.
  4. Go near the middle of the circle, apply more pressure than previously used, and shade over the area.  This will give a medium tone to the drawing.
  5. Apply even more pressure closer to the edge of the circle for a darker shade.
  6. Draw a table line.
  7. Draw a flat ellipse under and out to the right edge of the ball to show the beginnings of a shadow.  It will look something like a puddle under the ball.
  8. Darken in the pooled area close to the sphere but not touching the sphere.
  9. Add highlight to the area that has the strongest light source by touching the area lightly with an eraser.

The circle is now a sphere because of the tone, shade, shadow, and highlight used to create it.

My directions are not the best.  I am a visual person and directions become clearer when I see how something is to be done.  Pat gives a great tip on where to begin shading in a circular drawing.  She uses the example of a clock and has the students shade from 2:00 to 7:00 when creating the medium tone.




My daughter had no difficulty in drawing her sphere.  This lesson was enjoyable for her because she really likes to draw.


 Lesson 11

Color, Color, Color


Have the following supplies ready:

  • Eraser
  • #2 pencil
  • Colored pencils
  • 2 pieces of paper
  • A large and small round objects to trace


Pat guides students in creating their own color pyramid (wheel) as she explains the primary colors being the building blocks for all the other colors.  The students first draw a triangle and then trace large circles at each point of the triangle.  The top circle is colored yellow, the left circle is blue, and the right circle is red.  Pat explains the secondary colors as she places smaller circles between the primary colors.




Pat give details on what cool and warm colors are.  Yellow, orange, and red are warm colors and remind us of fire, lava, and the sun.  Cool colors are blue, green, and violet.  They remind us of water, sky, and grass.  The warm colors will come forward in a painting while cool colors will recede.


Lesson 12

Complements and Intermediates


To complete the last lesson in the Art Class Volume 3, you will need the following supplies:

  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons (a box of 16 or more)
  • 2 pieces of white paper
  • Darker color of paper
  • #2 pencil
  • Color pyramid from lesson 11


Students learn 3 new art terms in this lesson – complimentary colors, intermediate colors, and hue.



Pat shows the students how to find complimentary colors on the color pyramid.  She says the complimentary colors “create visual excitement” in a painting.  Van Gough’s Cafe Terrace at Night is a great example.







The students learn that the intermediate colors are the primary colors mixed with the secondary colors.

Hue is another word for color.  Pat demonstrates what this looks like as she draws a color value scale using the color red.  She also explains how adding black to the red will give a shade of red.  In turn, adding white to the red will give a red tint.




The project for this lesson is to draw an apple on dark paper.  The students will apply what they have learned in the earlier lessons by drawing the contour of an apple, coloring the apple using the tone, shade, and shadow techniques, and using a complimentary color.  The students will notice the darker paper changes the color of the apple to warm tones.


There are several things I appreciate in Pat’s teaching.  She is personable and makes you feel as if you are right there in the studio with her.  She makes creating art appear easy for a novice.  She incorporates history into the lessons and shows works of art from famous artists.  Pat always has a Bible verse as a part of her lessons.  Below are the ones she referenced in Art Class Volume 3:

  • 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
  • John 8:12
  • Psalm 23:2
  • Genesis 37:3




The Art Class is available as a complete set or you may purchase each volume separately.  The set costs $99.99 and the individual DVDs are $14.99 each.  There is a Black Friday to Cyber Monday sale coming up.  This will be a perfect time to purchase the Art Class.




Angie McFarren, Homeschool Consultant


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Angie McFarren

Angie McFarren is a homeschool mom of 1 high school student and graduated another who is now attending college. She has homeschooled them since they were in K and Pre-K. Angie is passionate about homeschooling and enjoys Helping Other Parents Educate. She is a Homeschool Consultant and the author of Educate the Home Educator Crash Course. Angie is also on the See the Light Art Curriculum team.

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