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SKA Course: Tonal Values

Course video length: 2hrs | Type: ART FOUNDATION | Published: Feb 2023

Value in art refers to the range of light and dark tones in a work of art. It can be used to create depth, form and contrast, and can play a significant role in the overall composition and visual impact of a piece.

Following on from the SKA course on colour theory, value refers to the lightness or darkness of a colour or tone. In fact, tonal values can be considered more important than the colours because they play a major role in the overall impact of a composition. Think black and white photography, for example. This course is an essential watch!


During this art course, you will learn tips and techniques from 7 professional artists:

Howard Jones

Howard Jones is a full time teaching artist with well over 2,000 hours experience in live situation tutoring. He has painted, sketched and studied art since his childhood and would describe his style as impressionistic, with a leaning towards abstract.

Eugen Chisnicean

Eugen was born in the Republic of Moldova. At the age of 11, Eugen entered the Children’s School of Fine Arts. During that time, he successfully participated in numerous national and international art competitions.

In 2010 Eugen was invited as a guest of honour to the 4th Salon de l'Aquarelle du Haillan in France.

Amit Kapoor

Amit Kapoor is an award winning watercolour artist in India, trained at The College of Art, New Delhi. He has been recognised with top International honours for his paintings and his art graces the walls of many private and corporate collectors.

Vlad Yeliseyev

Vladislav has become a popular speaker and demonstrator at conventions in the United States, as well as a jury member and a judge of many national and regional watercolour and plein air competitions.

Grahame Booth

Grahame Booth paints only in watercolour and his success in the medium is reflected in the numerous national and international exhibition awards he has won over many years.

Keiko Tanabe

Keiko was born in Kyoto, Japan and currently lives in San Diego, California. Mostly self-taught, she embarked on a professional art career in 2005. Since then, her paintings have been in many national and international exhibitions, both juried and invitational, and gained world-wide recognition.

Francesco Fontana

Francesco has been stage and field faculty at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in CA and AZ as well as judge and lecturer for the Watercolor Society of Oregon. He often headlines in the top plein air competitions in the States, where he also published the DVD 'Watercolor the Italian Way' released by leading publisher Liliedhal.


Course guides are available for download when you watch the course.


Now's your chance to put your learnings to the test and paint along with the professionals. The following art classes compliment the skills and techniques covered in the course.


Eugen Chisnicean - Watch 1hr art class >

and paint this:

Michal Jasiewicz - Watch 1hr art class >

and paint this:


Francesco Fontana - Watch 3hr art workshop >

and paint colour/value variations of this:

and create this:

and paint this:



" It's great! 5/5 It also offers a useful and easy way of looking at classes and is very helpful if you want to develop one particular aspect of your art. "


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Mar 12, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Provides valuable insight on the importance of painting in values. Doing a value scale and value sketch in advance brings so much strength and drama to the final painting. The demos clearly indicate how lights and darks should be used. The value sketches and paintings of these great artists is magical. Superb! A five out of five.


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