Basic Shapes

Unit 2


Create geometric shapes with volume for a realistic effect in charcoal.


  • Chiaroscuro
  • Darkest Dark
  • Sfumato
  • Mid-tone
  • Highlight

Scope of Project

Complete 3 drawings on 3 separate pieces of paper.

.5" border on each drawing.

  1. 1st Drawing: start with contour line then use other variations of line to fill in the shapes.
  2. Move to another Still Life for Drawing 2
  3. 2nd Drawing: use a soft contour line then fill in with value. You may blend this drawing by smudging.
  4. Move to another Still Life for Drawing 3
  5. 3rd Drawing: use value only created with your drawing tool. DO NOT SMUDGE!

  • 3 class periods per drawing.
  • If you do not complete a drawing in the allotted time, you can and should work on the assignment outside of class.
  • You must change your seat whenever you move to the next drawing.


  • Vine charcoal
  • Blending stump
  • Fingers
  • Q-tips
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Chamois cloth
  • 12"x18" paper