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Explore the artwork of Rembrandt and observe the mastery of his cross-hatching technique. Add color to this technique in a drawing of your own!
Shading is an effective way to add elements of depth and realism to any drawing. Cross-hatching, or shading with lines, is a great technique to accomplish this while adding movement to a drawing. An artist that mastered this technique is Rembrandt van Rijn.
Study examples of Rembrandt’s famous etchings with your class. Take notice of his use of line for shading. How does he use the cross-hatching technique to darken certain areas of the drawing? How does the variety of values enhance the realism of the image?
On a sheet of white paper, practice creating different values with the cross-hatching technique using Crayola® Colored Pencils. To cross-hatch, fill an area with closely-spaced parallel lines. Cross over those marks with lines drawn in the opposite direction to darken the value. Experiment with different colors to find which are most effective.
Now create your own masterpiece using the cross-hatching technique, just as Rembrandt did! Use Rembrandt’s artwork for inspiration. He often illustrated important events, people, and even self-portraits. Select the subject for your drawing based on these themes.
On a fresh sheet of white paper, lightly sketch your drawing. Add layers of detail and depth to your drawing. Remember to use the cross-hatching technique! You may wish to use one color in your drawing, like Rembrandt did, or liven it up with a variety of Colored Pencils!
Frame your drawing by mounting it on a piece of dark-colored paper and share your masterpiece with the class!
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