Hearts in complementary colors

Complementary colors are fascinating because of their contrast: the powerful fight between two contrasting colors is made of light, brightness and energy. We proved it painting a shape and its background in complementary colors. I found this activity here in Artsonia Art Museum and I thought it was a good idea to review the theory about complementary colors with this activity. We need: … [Read more...]

Buildings in one point perspective

I think teaching how to draw perspective is one of the most difficult topic. Learning the rules of perspective is a difficult task for students, and every year I need to find more effective strategies to teach this topic between art and science. I found this interesting tutorial and with 7th grade students, we have been inspired by this unusual point of view. Is as you were in the middle of a big … [Read more...]

Mixed media landscape inspired by Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is alwais intriguing for students, because of his fame, his unfortunate life and his revolution in painting. With students of 8th grade we studied the Van Gogh's life and art works, and analyzed his unique painting technique. After the observation of lots of Van Gogh's landscapes, we paint our own landscape, imitating his particular technique. This artist used oil colors with … [Read more...]

Street Art Puppets

In a beautiful workshop about Street Art, made with the third class at the MART museum in Rovereto (Trento, Italy) we drew these drawings, imagining that we are street artists with large spaces available to be decorated. We worked with the professionists of EDUCATION AREA of Mart, with its section dedicated to the art teaching. They have proposed us a path through the elaboration of a "TAG", a … [Read more...]

Vases strangely shaped

Vases and bottles with whimsical shapes have been invented by the students of the seventh grade in an interesting exercise of symmetry. Starting from a vertical line, that is our symmetry axis, we drew two ellipses, one at the top and one at the bottom of the line. Those are the opening, and the bottom of our vase. Then we drew a curved line, joining the top ellipse, with the one in the bottom. … [Read more...]

So many pipes!

With this simple drawing we put into practice the value, the theory of the shadows, and the representation of space in classes of seventh grade. The tubes are drawn with a ruler on the drawing pad. We have superimposed 4 levels of pipes, some with connecting joints on the corners. After drawing the lines with a black marker, we have colored the pipes with oil pastels, imagining a light source … [Read more...]

A lot of dots for a painting

With students of the sixth grade, we observed that the smallest element of visual language is the POINT. Is it possible to make a work of art made only of points? The Australian Aboriginal art confirms it, as well as the optical artist Bridget Riley, or the contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. we have made this painting in mixed media. to make the painting you will need: - Drawing paper - … [Read more...]

4 suggestion for a still life

In the review of our work on still life and the value, which has been very successful among my students, I would like to propose a worksheet that you can exploit in many ways. Here are four different proposals with the same subject, from which you can find many other ideas. The topics that can be treated are the still life, the position of shapes in the space, the light and shadow (form shadow and … [Read more...]

Artist Trading Cards global swap!

The idea came from an outstanding American teacher, Nic Hahn (here her website MiniMatisse), with whom I share technical ideas and lessons from a few years. In this video, that we looked at together in class, Nic explains what are the "Artist Trading Cards". They are small works of art, the size of a playing card, (2.5 x 3.5 inches, or 6.35 x 8.89 cm) that artists from around the world exchange … [Read more...]

A post for you: Japonism & Impressionism

This post is dedicated to the art teacher Alessandra Tombesi and to her students: 3°C of the Calamandrei School, and 3°D of the Pirandello School in Florence, Italy. After studying the Impressionism, the students have been interested in the phenomenon of Japonism, namely the interest of Western artists in the late '800, towards the Japanese prints.  Some stylistic features of Japanese prints have … [Read more...]