Natural textures with colored pencils

When we ask students to depict the water in a drawing, the majority draws a blue solid color; in the same way the wood is drew as a brown solid color, and the grass is an area of compact green. In this exercise, I challenged the students to the observation of reality. To copy a texture in a realistic way, is essential to observe its complexity. The enlarged detail of a natural texture helps us to … [Read more...]

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...]

Drawing inspired by Futurism: moving subjects

The Futurists, in the earliest Twentieth century, considered the dynamism and movement as new criteria of universal beauty. With students of eighth-grade we have made these "futurists" drawings, starting from photos of an object or a moving figure. The subject has been traced in its main contour lines with the help of a tracing paper, and then was copied on a sheet of drawing paper. The contour … [Read more...]

Do you know the Color Theory?

A fun exercise to summarize the theory of colors, all in one simple drawing. I challenged the students of the sixth grade to test their knowledge about color theory completing this worksheet, that you can find here. The instructions are these: Colour in the drawing with colored pencils. Choose the coloring of the flowers and the vase by following these guidelines: - An object with primary … [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 Fantasy Character

Starting from the analysis of the human figure and its proportions, we created and drew a fantasy character. The idea came from a work about Fantasy novels, made by 7th grade students, during the literature lessons. Before we have drawn a "dummy" in a grid of 24x6cm for understanding the correct proportions of the human figure. Then we copied the outline of our mannequin at the window, on a white … [Read more...]

Color theory: worksheets and video tutorial

You can find the color wheel and some aspects of color theory in two worksheets in English language, ready to be completed with crayons. This work is suitable for pupils of grade 6th or for primary school, for a first approach to color theory. The color wheel can be completed entirely using only the three primary colors, and the students can clearly understand the mixing of colors without using … [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...]