Moving figures inspired by Futurism


After studying the avant-garde movement of Futurism, in the classes of Grade 9 we decided to reproduce the movement of a figure using the method of overlapping sequences and force lines used by the Futurists in their works. Using a manikin of paperboard we have drawn on a white sheet, some moving figures with colored felt-tip pens. Then we added the force lines around the figure to emphasize movement, and with a brush and water we dilute the color of the markers. The watercolor effect of the colors has given further dynamism to the design.








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  1. Wow! Mi piacciono molto gli effetti ottenuti con il pennarello diluito 😉

    • Mi è venuto in mente per caso, abbiamo provato con un po’ d’acqua ed ecco un tocco in più di dinamicità!

  2. Miriam, I read your blog through my feedly account and without fail, every time I see an absolutely beautiful and inspiring project I zoom back up to see where it comes from and it is your name I see. You are so very talented and your students are so very blessed to have you as their teacher!

  3. molto interessanti tutti i lavori proposti dal sito, che ho scoperto da poco. Sono una insegnante di arte e immagine di Torino e trovo lodevole la vostra iniziativa. Continuate così!

  4. Dominika Cosic says

    How do you make the figure to use?

  5. Miriam, I am trying this project with my students, though we can’t get the markers to “bleed” very much. Any suggestions? Just more water?

  6. I plan to use this for a lesson in motion with 6th graders. I also was thinking of using it as a template so that students could tell a story of a event in their lives. What are some other ways these figures could be used? Any suggestions?

    • Hi IA, actually you are suggesting me new ways, thank you! I used it in this lesson to paint some people doing sport or dancing s

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