“Valuing” Self-Portraits
February 02, 2018

“Valuing” Self-Portraits

I used to do this project with acrylic paint and have mixed the different values, but I was looking for a way to simplify this project for my students. Then I discovered gray-tone pastels. A box of them contains a white and a black pastel, along with four shades of gray from light to dark—more than […]

A Familiar Face: Exercise for First-Time Watercolorists
March 10, 2016

A Familiar Face: Exercise for First-Time Watercolorists

Watercolor painting relies on a variety of principles relating to brushwork, control and the physics of water. While at first glance it seems very simple, but watercolor can be quite complex. Making use of a range of application techniques will raise the image from a simple painting exercise to a serious watercolor work. High-school students […]