Objects in detail

The observation of an object from very close sets in motion thoughts about how it is made, what are the parts that compose it, and what the mechanisms that move the parts. But draw an object in its details is a further step towards the knowledge of that object, and hands, you know, have a potential memory that let us "know" this object forever. We are thinking about the study of plants in … [Read more...]

Vases in pencil on painted background

To develop the theme of still life and value, in the classes of 8th grade, we made these works in mixed media. The bottles are drawn on a separate sheet of paper with a pencil, and the shading is made in strips to facilitate the drawing of the gradations. The background is painted in acrylic paint, by using three colors mixed together in broad brushstrokes. White space of the background is used to … [Read more...]

Illustrate a story

  From a project in collaboration with the Italian teacher, with a 7th grade class, we attended a competition, by creating a story with the illustrations. This is the Italian competition "Writers in Class"(Scrittori di Classe), targeted at Primary and Middle Schools throughout Italy. After a short lesson on the illustrations in the books and their creation, we talked about the narrative power of … [Read more...]

Cupcakes inspired by Wayne Thiebaud

One of the tricks to represent the space is to overlap the shapes in a way such that the position of the objects is perceived as three-dimensional. Although the cupcakes are all the same size, the higher shapes appear more distant than those at the bottom. With classes of 7th grade we have drawn some muffins, coloring them with oil pastels in a fanciful way. We then cut out the shapes and glued on … [Read more...]

Tropical landscape inspired by Gauguin

Here we have a tropical landscape in the style of Gauguin, with stylized shapes, precise outlines, unnatural contrasting colors, and solid colors. These designs were created by the students of 9th grade, after studying the works of Paul Gauguin, especially the landscapes he had painted when he was in the South Seas. The design was copied from a photograph in black and white, simplifying the images … [Read more...]

Parallel lines to build a city

With a game of parallel lines we built our cities at night, with tall buildings that stand out on a starry sky. A simple exercise for the 6th grade classes, with which we have experienced how easy it is to create a landscape using just some set of lines. The walls of the buildings seem almost three-dimensional, for the alternation of horizontal lines, slanting and curves. The addition of some … [Read more...]

Three spheres, three shadings, a pattern

  In this exercise, we experience different ways to create a shadow as we had already done in a previous lesson. In this case we drew the shading in pencil on three circles, which became three spheres. The spheres in black and white have been then glued on a colored background, decorated with a pattern with regular structure, to emphasize the contrast between the background two-dimensional, and … [Read more...]

Wanderer above the Sea of…?

In the wonderful Romantic work of art "Wanderer above the Sea of ​​Fog" painted in 1817 by Caspar David Friedrich, a man looks out from a hill in front of a foggy horizon, reflecting on the infinite spectacle of nature. The work of Friedrich gave us an opportunity to create our "traveler", engrossed in observing various horizons: we can see a sea of mountains, houses, food or furniture, garden or … [Read more...]

Zentangle circles and gradations

Another exercise carried out about tonal gradations in 8th grade classes. As in the previous exercise about shades of gray "Collaborative project in monochrome mixed media", here we have used the quarter circle to create parts of an image to be assembled in circle. The tonal gradations have been painted with acrylic paint (or also tempera painting is suitable) starting from the lightest color to … [Read more...]

Positive and negative space: silhouettes in mixed media

It 's very easy to identify the positive space of an image (that occupied by the subject), and at the same time identify the negative space (the one occupied by the background). But what happens if we try to get a positive space by painting the negative space? With the students of a class in Grade 8 we have prepared a collage colored surface and from this background we have "extracted" the figure, … [Read more...]