Jefferson Chalk Artists Learn More about Form, Tone and Light

Jefferson Middle School fifth graders enjoyed being outside while also sharpening their artistic skills by becoming chalk artists for a day. Students in Lisa Corey’s art class learned how to draw forms and create a 3-dimensional look by using tone to shade. 

Mrs. Corey taught the students how to create the illusion of form on a flat surface by changing the values. As light hits the forms, the value changes from dark to medium to light. Being outside, students get to use a light source like the sun and see more clearly how shadows cast from the forms. Chalk is also a great material to use for tone because students can blend the powder easily. 

“I chose to take the students outside because it’s important to know that art isn’t always made on paper or canvas,” said Mrs. Corey. “It can be on many different surfaces and can be temporary. Most students have had experience drawing shapes on their sidewalks. Now they can take it to the next level and create volume in their drawings.”

Chalk Walks are becoming more popular. Jamestown has a Chalk Walk in September and the Relay for Life will be having one on May 30th. Hopefully, some of the budding Jefferson chalk artists will feel inspired to enter a chalk walk with their new art skills.

posted on 05/21/2015 - filed under: Academics, Art, Middle School, Spotlight