Pen and Ink - Stippling Lesson Plan

Name of Lesson: “Hidden Picture Drawing”


Stippling is a pen and ink drawing technique that uses small dots to build up the value needed to create the illusion of form.  High school students will benefit greatly from learning and applying this technique.  I have found great success with this lesson in which students create two drawings that can be seen at the same time.

Class Level: Art 2/3

Overview and Purpose: Students will learn the pen and ink drawing technique known as "stippling" to create a drawing in which two images can be seen by the viewer.

Materials:12” by 18” white drawing paper, graphite, pen and ink

Objectives: The student will learn how the process of stippling can create the illusion of value in an artwork.  The student will also have to solve the problem of combining two images in a creative manner.   

Delivery of info:  Students will be presented with a demonstration of using stippling to create the illusion of value and will review the importance of value in artworks.  The students will then brainstorm images that may be combined and will work for the assignment.  Students will draw the images lightly together on the finished surface and then slowly add value through the application of stippling with pen and ink. 

Guided Practice:Students will work while the teacher walks around and monitors progress. Students will have 15 days to complete the assignment.

ReviewValue, Pen and Ink Techniques

Estimated Duration: 15 days

Video Resources
Pen and Ink Drawing Techniques

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