Paintings in scale of grays, inspired by B&W photos

This activity is an idea of the art teacher and friend Alessandra Tomasi. She is teaching at the Middle School of Fondo e Revò, in the North of Italy, and her students are Grade 8th. After introducing the history of Photography the students observed many black-and-white photographs. Students and teacher talked about shades, hues and colors in these pictures. The activity proposes to create a … [Read more...]

Cats on the fence

Here we have an idea to try and use the primary colours and the neutral colours with tempera paint. First we draw the fence (high 11 cm, wide 24 cm, divided in 12 planks, each one 2 cm wide) with a pencil. Then we draw three or more cats, with simple lines and stylised shapes. After that we retrace the lines with a black permanent marker. We can use the 12 planks as if they were the 12 wedges of … [Read more...]

Painting different kinds of lines

The first element of art is the line, all ART starts with lines and we can create lots of images with simple lines! In this activity students learn how to paint a background with solid colors and how to paint different kinds of lines with different paintbrushes. The paintings could be assembled in a collaborative project to obtain a coloured modular panel. How to do this painting: 1.Write your … [Read more...]

Landscape and emotions

Is it possible that a landscape can trigger our emotions? Facing a real landscape, photographed or painted, we can experience different moods that inspire our deeper feelings. Romantic painters such as Friedrich and Turner, who exploit the emotional potential of the landscape, make it the true protagonist of their works. Their landscapes always send a strong and intense emotion and we tryed to … [Read more...]

Village in warm & cool colors

The view of a small village, with houses lumped together, is a nice way to learn and create warm & cool colors. Half of the village is surrounded by the cool colors of the night, and the other half is enlightened by the warm colors of a sunny day. We created this paintings with students of 6th Grade and we were inspired by the illustrations of Jessica Hogarth. Observing her beautiful … [Read more...]

Funny Boots : painting textures

With tempera or acrylic painting we can create different patterns, using different kind of paintbrushes and colors. After painting the moka pots, the cups, the landscapes and the flowers,  we chose a pair of funny boots to work on the textures with students of sixth grade. First of all we sketched the drawing with a pencil. The line of the floor has been measured (16 cm) and is equal for every … [Read more...]

The copy as instrument of knowledge

Since forever in the history of art, every artist is used to copying the other artists’ work, especially the work of the ancient masters. This practice teaches to us a lot of things about the techniques, the use of colours and the personal style of the master. Therefore, to copy corresponds to learn, according to the effective idea of “learning by doing”. Even today, in the age of the … [Read more...]

How to paint the color wheel: video tutorial

A new video tutorial from arteascuola.com, about how to paint the color wheel using Primary colours and mixing them to get Secondary and Tertiary colors. I spent some time to suggest the way you arrange the primary colors on the palette: it's important to have enough paint and enough space in order to mix the colors properly. In this video I used Magenta Red, Primary Yellow and Blue Cyan, but it's … [Read more...]

Contemporary Romanticism

Romanticism is always a fascinating art period for students: the artistic creation engages overwhelming passions, strong feelings and emotions. For these reasons teenager students are really involved in studying the Romantic artists. With students of Grade 8th , we put the characters of the most famous Romantic paintings, in different landscapes and contexts. The figures are inspired by these … [Read more...]

Warm & cool watercolor: cities on the sea

After the lesson about warm and cool colors, we made these landscapes. This painting is useful to learn all the possibilities of creating a wide range of warm and cool colors, just mixing watercolors. To realize this painting with warm and cool colors, you need: - drawing sheet - pencil and ruler - oil pastels - watercolors and paintbrush - black cardboard - scissors and glue You … [Read more...]