Like tissues at the microscope: shading exercise

In order to comprehend the shading effects in a drawing, it's very useful working on the perception of the depth. Adding shadows on a flat drawing helps our perception in seeing the three-dimensional effects of the depth. It's a sort of "magic": we can understand the different layers just if the shadows are in the right spots. I created this drawing with students of grade 7th. We started … [Read more...]

Mountains made up of lines

Lines can depict any shape; they can create tridimensional effects and give the perception of movement. I did this drawing with 6th grade students, in order to create a mountain landscape using just lines. Putting lines near each other, you can create the perception of threedimensional volume and our eyes see undulations, protuberances and hillside indentations. We started the drawing with the … [Read more...]

ART graffiti style

We started our activity in the Grade 8th classes with these writings in graffiti style. Every student wrote the word ART, taking inspiration from this previous lesson. Following one of the many tutorials we can find online,  students drew the letters in accordance with the instructions we can see below. We 've found this interesting example on the helpful website In addition … [Read more...]

Still life on abstract background

In order to  understand the light and shadow on a solid we drew  the shades on a group of objects with a pencil. In this still life some students of  8° grade have also experienced shading with crossed lines (cross-hatching), showing some skill! The background was decorated with felt-tip pens, with an abstract design where everyone has expressed freely his style. This contrast between the still … [Read more...]

Landscapes with textures inspired by Karla Gerard

When I discovered the work of Karla Gerard  I thought at once of my students and how much they would have loved this amazing artist. I showed a lot of works of Karla Gerard to my students, and they have been inspired by her shapes, her colors, her villages, her trees and textures. We used a graffito technique that you can also find in this previous post about colored Hippie Vans. We colored the … [Read more...]

A fantastic symmetric insect

Every day we see symmetrical shapes, that we can find both in nature and in the works of man. We were inspired by the insects' world, for invent an imaginary insect. After observing various types of insects and their parts, we invented our personal insect, assembling differents parts (wings, eyes, legs, horns, exoskeleton…) First we drew HALF insect on the LEFT side of the sheet. To draw the … [Read more...]

Color variations on a face

In a previous lesson we learned how to draw a female face following a geometric framework. In this exercise we added color variations on hair, lips, makeup and t-shirt, using colored pencils. In the first step is very important to follow the instructions in order to draw the right proportion for eyes, nose and mouth. In the second step we can draw any kind of  hairstyle and makeup. The face has … [Read more...]

Many lines for a leaf

To stay on the theme of Autumn, we drew leaves using the subject of the lines. In sixth grade classes, we have made the drawing of a large leaf in pencil, and we split it into many parts, drawing the ribs inside the leaf. The ribs were have been decorated with colored felt tip pens, with a series of curved and parallel lines. We created so an effect of fullness on the surface of our leaf. Around … [Read more...]

A post for you: colorful bookmarks

The art teacher Maria Luisa Marchio, with students of Middle School Paisiello, in Cinisello Balsamo (MI), suggest to us some beautiful bookmarks decorated with colored pencils. A simple task, with a result very effective, especially if you want to experiment with students the colorful gradation and its variants with colored pencils. Here's how Maria Luisa describes the work done in the … [Read more...]

Op Art Snakes

  Can lines create three-dimensional optical effects? Here is a new example with three snakes trying to camouflage themselves between the lines ... With students of the sixth grade we experienced the 3D effect created only through parallel lines. Before we drew the snakes with pencil and then we filled the sheet of horizontal lines with a sequence of four colors felt-tip pen. Whenever our line … [Read more...]