Jean Dubuffet … with closed eyes!

Have you ever tried to draw with your eyes closed? The pencil moves on the sheet guided only by a mental picture, which is that the drawing we would like to draw, but when we open our eyes, our design is a surprise, and seems disconnected from our will. When drawing a face, we strive to give proper place, proportion and measure to the eyes, nose, mouth, ears ... In this exercise, in addition to … [Read more...]

Three solid to shade: worksheet

In this worksheet you have three simple solid figures: a cylinder, a cube and a sphere. Starting from this linear drawing, you can deal with various topics at the same time: theory of the shadows, drawing techniques for shading, relationship between positive and negative space. For this work are required only a soft pencil and a felt tip pen, but the variants may be many, such as colored shadows … [Read more...]

Bicycle texturized: 20 printable worksheets

20 details of a bicycle, in pdf  file, ready to be colored, with texture, zentangle or solid colors. After you ended the decoration of the details, the worksheets can be assembled together to form a big bicycle. This is a teamwork suitable for all grades of school, which puts into play the decorative imagination of every child, and culminating in the creation of a larger picture, where everyone … [Read more...]

Animals decorated with mosaics inspired by Gaudi

The drawings of animals that you can find here, have been decorated with the mosaic technique with 9th grade students. After observing the decorations of the buildings of Antoni Gaudi, and in particular the Park Guell, we decorated these templates simulating the mosaic technique with felt tip pens. Here are some works of Gaudi decorated with mosaics: The job was to make the idea of a mosaic … [Read more...]

Create a Table Lamp

In a lesson about Art Nouveau in the 9th grade classes, we explored the theme of design and fashion. We discussed about the function of everyday objects and how the designer renews the image of the object, trying to find a balance between shape, function and technology. After these reflections it has been proposed to design a lamp with new and original shapes. Following a series of quick sketches, … [Read more...]

A post for you: our silhouette in zentangle!

For the new section "A post for you", here is the extraordinary idea of Fabiana Collotto, art teacher at the Middle School "Querini" in Mestre (Venice). As he told me in various mails that we exchanged, the work that we share here was made during a laboratory, where students from 5th grade and 6th grade have collaborated together. Groups of 5/6 students drew the outline of one of their classmates … [Read more...]

Zentangle Animals

In a class of 8th grade we spoke of doodles and how they can help you to relax, if they are made without having to worry about representing something. Freeing the mind and the hand, without restrictions, you can draw hundred of different patterns. This lesson is inspired by an interesting article from the art education web site Didatticarte , dedicated to Zentangles. We have used the templates of … [Read more...]

Texture T-shirt

We have created many graphic textures to decorate a small T-shirt made of paper! Here are the custom shirts made by students of grade 6th, exhibited as if they were hung in a colorful shop! The designs are made with colored felt pens, and from the same sheet of paper was cut the hanger. That it was then glued behind the collar of the T-shirt for expose it. … [Read more...]

Landscapes of lines

A landscape composed only of lines: curves, straight, oblique, wavy or twisted ... Here is the experiment done in a class of 6th grade, to verify the visual power of the lines, which are able to make us evoke skies, seas, fields, waves and mountains. The landscape of a picture was drawn with colored felt pens on tracing paper, only with lines. Every student has interpreted the landscape quite … [Read more...]

Lines forming a three-dimensional tree

With the simple combination of parallel lines we can give the impression of three-dimensionality. We did this exercise in the 6th grade classes to demonstrate that we can make a three-dimensional design, just using lines. After drawing a simple tree in pencil, the students have drawn parallel lines with 4 colors in sequence, focusing on the development of lines that should be straight on the … [Read more...]