Self-portrait in the style of Julian Opie

We started this project at the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto (MART) in Italy, with Grade 7 students. The Education Department of MART organize lots of interesting art projects for any grade of students, and this activity named "My World" was based on the self-portrait. I don't show the activity here, but I invite to visit this amazing museum in the North of Italy. We … [Read more...]

Painting different kinds of lines

The first element of art is the line, all ART starts with lines and we can create lots of images with simple lines! In this activity students learn how to paint a background with solid colors and how to paint different kinds of lines with different paintbrushes. The paintings could be assembled in a collaborative project to obtain a coloured modular panel. How to do this painting: 1.Write your … [Read more...]

Group work: mixed media leaves

In groups of three we created this mixed media work, following the step-by step instructions. First we write our names on the back of the drawing sheet. Then we paint the drawing sheet with watercolors, all the three students of the group on the same drawing sheet. We use flat and round paintbrushes. We paint the background just with black and grey, the white areas depend on the … [Read more...]

Landscape and emotions

Is it possible that a landscape can trigger our emotions? Facing a real landscape, photographed or painted, we can experience different moods that inspire our deeper feelings. Romantic painters such as Friedrich and Turner, who exploit the emotional potential of the landscape, make it the true protagonist of their works. Their landscapes always send a strong and intense emotion and we tryed to … [Read more...]

Art supplies in the style of Michael Craig-Martin

A drawing inspired by the contemporary artist Michael Craig-Martin  is created with the art supplies we usually use in our art room. In this drawing we can work on the topics of still-life,  representation of space and composition. To create the drawing follow these steps: CHOOSE from eight to ten photocopies of ART SUPPLIES objects Trace the picture on your drawing sheet with a pencil … [Read more...]

SELFIE Artist Trading cards 2018

This year for the third edition of Artist Trading Card Global Swap 2018, we thought to focus our work on ourselves, infact the topic is our SELFIE! We collected all our selfie from mobile phones and then we worked on them with colors, in the style of Matisse and Expressionist artists. The swap project is created by Nic Hahn of Minimatisse website, and the aim is to bring Artist trading cards … [Read more...]

Drawing about me

The Art lessons for this school year in the 6th Grade classes, follow the CLIL methodology (Content and Language Integrated Learning). To start I devised a lesson plan aimed at welcoming the new students. First I introduced myself with a video about me and the subject I teach. For this purpose I created a video with Adobe Spark, an integrated suite of storytelling applications for the iPad, … [Read more...]

Drawing about me: 2 worksheets

The Art lessons for this school year in the 6th Grade classes, follow the CLIL methodology (Content and Language Integrated Learning). To start I devised a lesson plan aimed at welcoming the new students. A simple art activity where each student completes a worksheet about himself/herself. Here are the instructions: 1. Write and colour your name in capital letters in the rectangle below 2. … [Read more...]

Restore ancient Greek vases

Before being a teacher I worked as a restorer in many Italian cities and I completed my restoration study at the National School of Restoration in Florence. A damaged work of art for a restorer, is like a sick patient for a doctor: how to heal a work of art? The world of the restoration is complex and fascinating: we can learn that the restoration and respect for the work of art are always … [Read more...]

Collaborative project: design a book cover

In collaboration with literature teachers we have worked on a multidisciplinary project.  Students of 7th Grade worked in small groups to create and write a fantasy or crime short story, according to the criteria set by the literary genre analyzed. Once the stories and titles were created, the students realized the cover of their books, working in groups on the same image. First of all there … [Read more...]