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Middle [6th-8th] Lesson Plan

Creating Value using the Stipple!

Created on February 14, 2015 by Fralick

Value is a basic skill necessary for most if not all artists. This lesson is designed to help strengthen a students understanding and mastery of this Element or Art

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6 sessions; 60 minutes per session

The Student will have the ability to create Shape, Form, and Value by using the stipple.

Black Sharpie Markers

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Look at and discuss the work of George Seurat (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte). Address the Process, Pointillism, the stipple.

Demonstrate how to create a Value Scale using stipples. Pay close attention to the correct method. Stipple should not have tails.

Allow students to practice by creating their own stipple value scale.

Demonstrate how to create the feeling of a form using the stipple method. I turn circles into spheres, or triangles into cones, or both!

Allow students to practice by creating their own.

Show the students several works of art created using stippling. If you do not have works from former students do a quick internet search. Take my word for it, the students will be amazed and inspired. I prefer for my students to work from life, or from a photograph that they took. However, depending on resources at your school you might have the students search for a reference online. You can always add image manipulation to this assignment.

Differentiate instruction for the different learners in your class. This might include a visual demonstration, a written list of steps, or collaborative activities. Either way, the students should have a variety of resources to help them become successful.

1. Lightly draw your basic shapes. Reviewing Gesture drawing is always a great idea.
2. Lightly "map" out the shadows and highlights. Identifying these features will help to insure that the shapes feel like forms.
3. Start to stipple. I always instruct the students to begin with the dark areas first. I use the phrase "you can always go darker, but you can't go lighter". They're sick of hearing it, but they do remember.
4. Remind the students to make quality stipples. They should not have tails that are caused by haphazardly pressing the marker.

Class Critique.

See the attached rubric

This lesson can be easily adapted. You can change subject, theme, or materials at a moments notice. I rarely teach it the same way twice. The last two images are from adaptations of this basic assignment.


Visual Arts Standard 1:
Understanding and applying media, techniques, and processes

[5-8] Students intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas
[5-8] Students select media, techniques, and processes; analyze what makes them effective or not effective in communicating ideas; and reflect upon the effectiveness of their choices

Visual Arts Standard 5:
Reflecting upon and assessing the characteristics and merits of their work and the work of others

[5-8] Students describe and compare a variety of individual responses to their own artworks and to artworks from various eras and cultures

Georges Seurat


Color/Value, Form, Shape



  • Fralick 02/14/2015 at 08:09am
    The Last two images are adaptations of this lesson. One is Painted Achromatic Portraits with Q-tips. The other is from a Halloween Still Life.