Starfish in warm and cool colors

Working on the warm and cool colors we painted these starfish with pupils in the sixth grade (11 year-old), using tempera colors. Each student chose whether painting the starfish in warm colors and the background in cool colors, or vice versa. In my opinion the results are really beautiful!   … [Read more...]

Impressionist landscapes

The painting technique of French Impressionists as Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, is unmistakable. After observing the works of these artists, with the students of the Year 9, we tried to reinterpret the photo of a landscape in the Impressionist style. Before we drew the main lines of the landscape on a sheet, avoiding details and particulars. Then we filled the areas outlined with backgrounds of solid … [Read more...]

The color wheel in a square

In the classes of Grade level 6, we are studying the color wheel. What better way to learn color theory that putting it into practice? We started painting the primary colors with tempera colors, and then we got all the others with the right mixtures. The final touch was to decorate the areas of color with the words, as decorative captions. … [Read more...]

Textured shoe

With classes of grade 6 we made these paintings in acrylic depicting a shoe. After drawing the shoe with pencil, freehand, pupils have painted each area with a solid color. Above these areas of solid color, the students have painted different textures, using brushes of various shapes and sizes for many types of colorful signs.        … [Read more...]

The Romanticism of Friedrich

We have studied the works of a great artist of the Romantic, Caspar David Friedrich, with students in the 9th grade. They have revised his figures in backlight by painting in tempera on gradient backgrounds.   … [Read more...]

Halloween in tonal gradations and zentangles

We have experienced the tonal gradations with acrylics with the students of Grade 8, to learn how to mix colors, starting with the lightest color and adding gradually the dark color up to the saturated color. At the center of the painting each student has drew a shape of his own invention, decorated with black and white zentangle ... We were at the end of October and as you can see many of these … [Read more...]

Friedrich in gradation

The Romantic works of Friedrich lend themselves to an interpretation of the landscape that can be divided into a value scale. In these two exercises Friedrich's paintings were traced on tracing paper with a pencil and the drawing thus obtained was then traced on a white sheet. We started with acrylic paint starting from the lightest color and then we added more and more blue, to get the blue … [Read more...]

Stage designs for a Cinderella

The last work carried with the children of Cherry Garden Primary School in Bristol has been the realization of the scenery for the play of a modern Cinderella in love with a rock star. The two scenes had to represent a country road and the kitchen of Cinderella and were painted by the kids 11 years old with acrylics on fabric. Here we can see the phases of design, with the grid of the image, … [Read more...]

A gift for the teachers? A group painting!

Year 5 of Elementary School of Madrano "Celestin Freinet" in Pergine (Trento), created these paintings as a gift for their teachers at the end of the school year, in order to leave them a special memory at the end of the primary cycle. The work was led and carried out by Sabrina Ubaldi, a dear friend of mine with whom we designed the project. Each teacher received a composition of these squares … [Read more...]

Symmetrical masks painted

With students of Year6 we have drawn some masks with abstract but symmetrical designs. To make symmetrical lines we have drawn them on half face and then we have recopied them on the other half. With carbon paper we transferred the design on white cardboard. Afterwards we have painted them with acrilyc colours, making sure that even the colours were symmetrical. … [Read more...]