Ice Cream Cone

In this challenge, you work on building up highlights rather than darker values by drawing on a black or deeper colored paper. So, you will have to think in reverse. You may either use white colored pencil or pastel. Focus on the line and shapes of the ice cream. ***Warning: This project might make you hungry!***


  • Create a successful composition considering space and subject matter.
  • Generate realistic value by building highlights on a dark surface.
  • Express your understanding of the media successful completion of this project (building value and using best practice with either pastel or colored pencil.)

Check out the lines on the swirls of the cones. Are beginning to imagine how you can create realistic value in the ice cream by concentrating on the lines of the swirls? It will be much easier to use an image of swirl ice cream cones rather than scooped.

See the difference? While you are more than welcome to draw a scooped cone, it may be easier for beginners to stick with the swirl. Besides, they are really fun to look at.

So, find some stock images to work from. Check out Pixabay or any other free image sites. Do not copy someone else’s work! Check out some of these videos for media tips.

Pastel Pencil Tips:

Colored Pencil Tips:

This one is actually a watercolor painting video, but she does a nice job explaining how to draw the ice cream:

Learning Standards   

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. VA:Cr1.1.I  a. Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors. VA:Cr1.2.III a. Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

 Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.    VA:Cr2.1.I a. Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.    VA:Cr2.1.II a. Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.  VA:Cr2.2.I a. Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Anchor Standard 3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.  VA:Cr3.1.II a. Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, reengage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.  a. Analyze, select, and curate artifacts or artworks for presentation and preservation.

Anchor Standard 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.  a. Construct meaningful interpretations, supported by evidence, of an artwork or collection of works through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, contextual information, and key concepts.