Copying value from Felice Casorati’s still lifes

Sometimes is difficult to explain how many tonal value you can find in a black & white pictures because the scale of lights and shadows can be very wide. I’ve found that the students can understand better if they try to copy a photograph or a work of art on a tracing paper placed on the original picture.
It’s a trick, obviously, but the student uses a different colored pencil (not black) to understand which is the right hand pressure to obtain the gradient. And the result is impressive!
Have a look even at my old post about Romanesque bas-relief.

Felice Casorati was an italian artist, he worked in Italy around 1900-1960, here some of his Still Lifes

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  1. LOVE this! Kids have such a hard time really looking closely and seeing what's actually there. This is such a great exercise in helping them do that. I am going to try it!-Dineen- Westport, CT

  2. Thank you Dineen! Children are very surprised at the result ! Happy Art to you!

  3. great work

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