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...]

Mii like me

It's very common among teens, creating "avatar" characters, in video games or social networks. These minifigures are used to represent yourself into a game or in a community. Everyone can create their own figurine, changing the features of the eyes, nose, mouth, hair. For the beginning of this year I thought I'd use Mii characters, from the video game console Wii. But, create them on the computer … [Read more...]

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...]