Our silhouette in zentangle style

Here we have 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 who was lying on the ground on … [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...]

Ribbons interwoven with a common thread

The exercise of entwined ribbons already experienced in a previous lesson, it is made more complicated! I've found this idea on one of my favorite Art Blog of ever Mini Matisse created by my friend Nic Hahn. A colorful ribbon connects multiple drawings in a tangle of white ribbons. The exercise allows experimenting the light and shade and the effect of depth: with shadows put to the right place … [Read more...]

Free doodles!

A really simple exercise that helps children to get rid of the stereotypes of the drawing and to have fun with colors. The line of the scribble has been made drawing continuously on the paper with a felt pen, without ever remove the tip from the sheet. The movements of the pen are wide and free and move around into the entire space of the paper. After a set time the line stops. Each student … [Read more...]

Fanciful mushrooms!

With the 6th grade classes, we have collaborated on a science project on knowledge of fungi. In science lessons pupils have studied the characteristics of mushrooms from scientific point of view, while in our art lesson we observed only the shape of mushrooms, to draw them in a realistic way. The decoration was then made ​​freely. The outlines drawn have been filled in an imaginative way, with … [Read more...]

Minions Avatar

Everyone knows the funny Minions, the small yellow handyman from the movie "Despicable Me." In 6th grade classes, we began to know each other by drawing our avatar Minion. Each student drew himself in the form of a "minion", with his name written below the figure and an object that characterizes his own personality and preferences. Then I photographed the drawings, along with the faces of the … [Read more...]

Shape and abstraction: drawings inspired by Harold Hollingsworth

Inspired by the works of  Harold Hollingsworth, these drawings started from a recognizable form (the letters of our name) and then have been cut out into small squares. After that, we have recomposed them casually, in an abstract image. With students of 9th Grade, we have talked about some aspects of modern and contemporary Art, introducing the concepts of abstraction, creative expression, visual … [Read more...]