This is a project intended to teach students how to create gradations or value changes (light to dark) using oil pastels. It's also a lesson in applying and blending oil pastels. Grade 8 students were asked to draw as simple shape or object and then colour it with a range of vlues going from light to dark. The background needed to be treated in a similar manner. I encouraged them to apply the oil pastels quite thick and to layer colours on top of one another. We used a faily smooth type of white paper but I still wasn't thrilled with it- anyone have any tips for the best kind of paper to use with oil pastels? I think next time I'll use the smoothest type of cardstock I can find.
We used Pentel oil pastels becasue they were already at my school, but at a previous school I used Portfolio brand ones: http://www.dickblick.com/products/portfolio-series-watersoluble-oil-pastels/ and they were much better- very smooth and creamy and easy to blend.
Here are my Grade 8 results: Ta da!