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...]

Ancient portrait with mixed media

This portrait of the King Henry VIII was copied from the original picture with a pencil on a white sheet, then it was colored and completed with mixed media using acrylic paint, colored pencils, collage by magazine pages. It framed in a corrugated cardboard frame, colored with acrylic colours.  draw your character with a pencil and color the face with colored … [Read more...]

A Rainbow Umbrella!

With the Year 6-7 (Classi Prime) we continued our work on color theory, painting this “Rainbow Umbrella”. As in the color wheel we used acrylic or tempera colours, using only the three primary colours, Yellow, Magenta and Cyan. Draw a circle with a compass, draw the gores with a ruler and paint three gores with primary colours Mix the primary colors to obtain … [Read more...]

African Patterns on wrapping paper

On wrapping paper you draw simple african patterns with a white oil pastel: lines, dots, spirals, triangles, circles and stylized animals. Then you can paint with watercolors in the blanks, using only a few warm colours like brown, ocher, bordeaux and black. wrapping brown paper drawing with white oil pastel paint with … [Read more...]