Still Life with Mixed Media

An interesting experience in using mixed media, has been tested in the classes of grade 8, where we have mixed so many different techniques in a single work. The first step was to paint some objects with acrylic paint, using tonal gradations learned in a previous lesson. Afterwards the objects of "still life" have been cut and pasted on a background collage made ​​with newspaper sheets. The final … [Read more...]

Romantic Graffiti

The art works of Romantic artists that we observed by studying the European Romanticism of the 1800s, suggested us images inspired by the paintings in the style "graffiti" of Sunil Pawar , where the figures are painted in black on a brightly colored abstract backgrounds. These paintings were created with the students of 9th grade  with mixed media (figure in  felt-tip pen black and grey on tracing … [Read more...]

My Alien Friend!

Among the topics studied in the literature of this period by the students of grade 9 there is the literary genre of science fiction. This suggested to us to invent our alien friend: we have drew the figure with colored pencils and felt tip pens on white paper inventing strange shapes of mouths, eyes and faces. The shape of the alien was then pasted on a background of black cardboard drawn with … [Read more...]

Portrait inspired by the paintings of Erik Jones

With students of Year 9, we approached the theme of the portrait. Following a pattern drawn on a sheet of squared paper, each student drew a female face in pencil with beautiful results. To make it more creative we have completed our design with a colorful background with collage, inspired by the paintings of an American artist named Erik Jones, who surrounds his portraits of  women in  whirls of … [Read more...]

A shared experience in Omaha, Nebraska

Yesterday, I was delighted to receive a lovely email from Cynthia Vana, a Library Specialist in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She led a workshop at the Florence Branch of Omaha Public Library where the participants used white oil pastels and acrylic paint to create African patterns on brown craft paper. Her workshop, part of a February program series celebrating African American Heritage Month in the … [Read more...]

Inspired by Gustav Klimt

With students of Secondary School (classe 3) we made mixed-media drawings inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt, the great artist of the Viennese Secession that best of all interprets the style of Art Nouveau in the early twentieth century. Looking at the technique of this painter we have drawn realistic details emerging from a carpet of abstract decorations: elegant textures with gold and silver … [Read more...]

Happy Easter Cards!

An idea for Easter Cards by a wonderful teacher of Cherry Garden School, just to wish you all a happy Easter! Colored cardboards, painted with spring colours and gold painting, decorated with ribbons, wrapping paper for letters and sticks. … [Read more...]

Collaborative Dragon!

To end with flourish the topic about China with the students of 6th Year at Cherry Garden Primary School we have made a great Chinese dragon using paper plates. Each one has painted her paper plate as a color wheel, using only the primary colours and obtaining secondary and tertiary colours. In another paper plate each one has painted her name in Chinese, this has been glued to the center of … [Read more...]

Australian Coffee

Inspired by Australian Aboriginal Art these cups of coffee reproduce some typical australian patterns and colours. We used oil pastels on wrapping paper for the drawings and patterns, then we colored with tempera colors using warm-earth colours. In the end we completed the paintings with the characteristic white dots, printing the color white with the bottom of a pencil. … [Read more...]

The Ming Vases

I’ve tried an effective technique to imitate the Ming Vases, the typical Chinese vases in white porcelain with blue decorations. We begin copying the characteristic shapes of the Chinese vases from some pictures, with narrow necks and large bellies. To succeed in draw the symmetrical shape you start by median vertical line, draw a half and then you try to complete the other side, as if in a … [Read more...]