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...]

Pizza’s box inspired by Michael Craig-Martin

I used pizza’s box like a  potential canvas substitute and i covered it with newspaper. I drew some details of common objects with a black marker, filling the entire surface. I drew the objects  in the style of Michael Craig-Martin. Then I painted some areas with acrylic solid colours. Here some details of Michael Craig-Martin’s works of art … [Read more...]

Landscapes inspired by Egon Schiele

  We started copying a city landscape from an Egon Schiele’s work of art. His technique is black crayon and oil painting on canvan. To imitate the texture we  can draw with black charcoal  on paper, and then fill the spaces with white acrylic, spreading a thick layer of colour. When acrylic is dry we can  colour the landscape with watercolor, moping the  colour with  a tissue … [Read more...]

Folder for herbarium

For the Science project the pupils of 7th grade created a folder to collect herbs, with cardboard, wrapping paper, leaves, paper, crayons and colored ribbons.   … [Read more...]

Facial expressions

After the lesson about the face’s proportion, my students of 9th Grade have drawn facial expressions, copying  from each other expressions or comic’s characters. I showed them this video and we discussed together how to reproduce the most common emotions, with the emphasis on eyebrows and the shape of mouth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LHraznv4pHQ … [Read more...]

Collages inspired by Synthetic Cubism

Inspired by the works of cubist artists such as Braque, Picasso and Gris, with the classes of the 9th year, we have created these paintings with mixed media. Synthetic cubism is the later phase of cubism, generally considered to run from about 1912 to 1914, characterised by simpler shapes and brighter colors. First we prepared a background  by overlaying collage of different cards (music, … [Read more...]