Great Value Studies Lesson

Welcome! I’d love for you to see my teaching style, so you can decide if you’d like to join my workshops. This was the first 10 minutes of a workshop day that included work time, a painting demo, and sharing of work. Students are encouraged to speak up with questions or input during and after presentations. Feel free to contact me with any questions! I hope you enjoy this lesson.

What is Value?

It’s just how light or dark something is.

Why Value Studies?

I want to share something of worth with you, and understanding Value will make your paintings better. If you feel like your colors are muddy or your painting is unfocused – you might just have an un-confident use of Value.

Lesson on Value (10 min)



Print out these two value charts on a piece of card stock, thick paper, or printing paper. Download 3 value chart | Download 9 value chart.

Want more information about value charts? Here is a short video on how to use the 3 value chart. It’s hard to mix a value accurately when you’re not sure what you see – and this chart helps with that.


Would you like some homework?

Draw or paint 5 value studies of the same object. Limit yourself to 3 or 4 values.


Happy painting!

Feel free to share your value studies with me, or let me know what you learn!