My three lone 9th grade students sit in with my 7th-8th grade classes and follow the High School Intro to 2D Art curriculum because they could not be scheduled into the 9th grade classes this year-- these students are doing some fantastic work that I often neglect to recognize in my posts!
A major focus in the curriculum is the recognition and use of a full value scale in our work. After still life studies and value scales, the culminating project is to develop a full-scale value drawing using micrography. Rather than shading in the dark areas, students use black fine-tip pens in varying concentrations of handwritten text to accomplish the purpose. They are challenged to simulate textures, contrast, and value through different directions and styles of writing.