In 2-D art the middle school students recently learned about drawing with value. Value is also known as shading, and it is one of the main ways that artists create the illusion of depth in their 2-dimensional work. The students practiced creating value on sketch paper by creating a value scale and by drawing a sphere with a shadow. I then challenged the students to create a collaborative grid drawing using value. I introduced grid drawing to them and explained how a collaborative grid drawing works. The students voted to choose the images for their grid drawings. The two images they voted for are pictured below. Each student got one square of the drawing and was challenged to recreate it as accurately as possible while using what they learned about value. I gave them the option to do it all in pencil or to choose the media that they wanted to work with. They voted to choose the media. There was a wide variety of media used such as watercolor, chalk pastel, oil pastel, colored pencil, charcoal, and drawing pencil. After they finished and we put all of the pieces together we talked about went well, what we could have improved on, and how we would do it differently if we were to do it again. Our next project has to do with identity and we are studying various unique ways to create a self-portrait.