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...]

My name in 2-point perspective

In the class of Grade 8, after experiencing the central perspective, we have worked on the perspective with two vanishing points, imagining a huge architecture built with our name. Following the rules of 2-point perspective, we designed the three-dimensional letters and then we colored them with crayons and pencils. To make the words like huge architectures, we have added a horizon, a gradient sky … [Read more...]

Moving figures inspired by Futurism

After studying the avant-garde movement of Futurism, in the classes of Grade 9 we decided to reproduce the movement of a figure using the method of overlapping sequences and force lines used by the Futurists in their works. Using a manikin of paperboard we have drawn on a white sheet, some moving figures with colored felt-tip pens. Then we added the force lines around the figure to emphasize … [Read more...]

Warm or cool in the medieval cities

How changes the atmosphere of an ancient city if its colors are predominantly warm or cool? Here are the drawings of the students of grade 7: the walls and towers of medieval cities, which are inspired by paintings and frescoes of 1300, were colored with felt-tip pens and pencils, choosing warm or cool colors. If you like to buy the 5 printable worksheets of  Medieval Cities, you can fin the pdf … [Read more...]