Element of Art: VALUE

Notes and Examples of How to Illustrate Value


Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.

With the absence of color, value can be shown in stepped shades of gray.

Artists use different values to give flat, two-dimensional shapes a three-dimensional appearance.

Gradual changes in value is called shading.

Student Value Examples

Your design needs to show a smooth gradation from light to dark. 3 steps must be visible...light, medium, and dark.