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...]

4 suggestion for a still life

In the review of our work on still life and the value, which has been very successful among my students, I would like to propose a worksheet that you can exploit in many ways. Here are four different proposals with the same subject, from which you can find many other ideas. The topics that can be treated are the still life, the position of shapes in the space, the light and shadow (form shadow and … [Read more...]

Many types of value create a word

To practice the different ways to create value scales, we used the shadowed background of a three-letter word. The positive space (words) is occupied by white letters, while the negative space (the background) is filled in pencil with three different types of value: with the pressure of the pencil, with the cross-hatch, and with the superimposition of random tangles. To "write" the brief words, … [Read more...]

Name in Graffiti style

The eighth-graders have received with great enthusiasm the proposal to write their name in graffiti style, even though at the beginning they did not think to get results so beautiful! The process is simple: you start with a linear text and then you "swell" the letters one by one. You can give a round and soft shape, in "balloon" style, or a stiff and sharp shape for a more aggressive style. We … [Read more...]

Art with your hands!

Nothing could be simpler than copying our hand with a pencil ... and then? We decorate our hands with shapes and free colors, but putting a word between the colors: ART. We know that in these school years we will learn so much art, to do with your hands, head and heart. students in sixth grade have customized their own designs by coloring the outline of their own hand with markers. After … [Read more...]

Ribbons interwoven and Zentangle

Explaining the shading, the value and the three-dimensional effect that we can create in a drawing, we have drew "ribbons" interwoven and perpendicular to each other. In every intersection we drew the shadows, thinking to which ribbon was "below," and which one was "above". The spaces between the interwoven bands are drawn with zentangle (to see other works with these decorations click on the tag … [Read more...]