Value Reversal Drawing - Skeleton Drawing

Value Reversal Drawing - Skeleton Drawing

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Students gain an understanding of contour line, contrast and composition with this value reversal skeleton drawing that helps them learn to draw in reverse, with white charcoal on black paper. Students draw a value scale, sphere and skeleton composition of their choosing using white charcoal pencil to create highlights, a blending stump to blend grays and finally leaving the surface black for the darkest areas. The final drawings have great contrast and helps students better understand how to create value in their drawing.



  • 4 Page Lesson Plan with National Standards for grades 6-12; Big ideas, Essential questions, Goals and Objectives, instructional Materials, Supplies and detailed process. Also included are Resource links and vocabulary.
  • 25 page editable powerpoint
  • Links to video demonstration of drawing a sphere with white on black and drawing a portrait in white on black
  • Editable Word Student Self-Evaluation
  • Examples of final student process and artwork
  • Materials list



  • It is recommended that you use an App called Essential Skeleton 3.0 to allow students to create their compositions. It is not required but extremely helpful.


National Visual Arts Standards:

High School:

Grades 9-12, VA:Cr1.1.HSI Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors.

Grades 9-12, VA:Cn10.1.HSI: Document the process of developing ideas from early stages to fully elaborated ideas.

Grades 9-12, VA:Re9.1.HSIII: Construct evaluations of a work of art or collection of works based on differing sets of criteria.

Middle School:

Grade 6, VA:Cr2.1.6: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, materials, methods, and approaches in making works of art and design.

Grade 7, VA:Cr1.2.7: Develop criteria to guide making a work of art or design to meet an identified goal.

Grade 7, VA:Cr2.1.7: Demonstrate persistence in developing skills with various materials, methods, and approaches in creating works of art or design.

Grade 8, VA:Cr1.2.8: Collaboratively shape an artistic investigation of an aspect of present-day life using a contemporary practice of art and design.

Grade 8, VA:Cr2.1.8: Demonstrate willingness to experiment, innovate, and take risks to pursue ideas, forms, and meanings that emerge in the process of art-making or designing.


I have taught at the secondary level at an extremely large, public high school and have used this lesson with my beginning art students. It is the perfect way to introduce students to the contour line, value, composition and more. 

I appreciate any feedback on my resources and am always looking for ways to make them more useful!  


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