The color wheel like a flower

Every school year we work on the color theory and the color wheel, and is quite difficult to find new and original ways to paint it. You can see in some previous posts, square color wheels, star-shaped, and umbrella-shaped color wheels. This year with the students of grade 6th, we painted the color wheel as a flower, with different petals for primary, secondary and tertiary colors. First you draw … [Read more...]

Painting the background to create the figure

Is fascinating to understand the relationship between figure and background in a picture: did you know that our brain cannot perceive the figure and the background together? Our eyes can focus only on the positive space (figure) or on the negative space (background). Figure and background, appear in the perception domain at the same time, however they can't be perceived meanwhile. To experience … [Read more...]

Textured flowers: collaborative project

Working on the textures we painted these flowers with the 6th grade students. We practiced lots of different textures, using tempera painting with different tools, as small, large, flat and round paintbrushes, and toothpicks, chopsticks or cotton buds. Every student painted a quarter of a flower, so at the end we can compose all the paintings together in a big mural with colorful flowers. To … [Read more...]

Tonal and chromatic gradations for a landscape

The tonal gradations are made by adding white or black to a color. In this way we work on light and dark shades of that color. The chromatic gradations are obtained by mixing two colors together (such as yellow and red), without the use of white or black. After understanding the difference between the two kinds of gradations, the 7th grade students have painted two sheets, each with a different … [Read more...]

Our local Impressionists

The best way to understand the Impressionist's technique is to imitate it, in front of a real natural landscape. With students of grade 8th, we compared the Impressionist's landscapes with the landscapes of our own natural enviroment. Unfortunately we can't experience the "en plain air" painting: our lessons are so short that is impossible go out in the countryside, finding the right weather and … [Read more...]

Watercolor landscapes in the style of Paul Klee

Looking at the lines in the nature and the use of the lines in the art, we of course came to consider the work of Paul Klee. His works express the evocative power of the lines: with few signs the lines, suggests to us the flow of water, an expanse of roads and fields, a big city full of palaces. I refer to some of the most famous works of the artist as " Wild water ", "Main roads and secondary … [Read more...]

Abstract painting inspired by Gerard Richter

Gerhard Richter is one of the most outstanding living artists of our time. After a long discussion in class about the role of art, and about the developments of modern and contemporary art, I showed the students the works of Richter, from the most figurative, to the most abstract. We talked about how the abstract painting is a matter for the artist's choices, and certainly not the skills. Another … [Read more...]

Citrus fruits in complementary colors

In order to experience the variety of complementary colors we thought to the shape of a lemon cut in half: for each segment, a different shade of color. Even the background checkered became a pretext to try many variations of the same color. First we drew it freehand, half of the fruit, drawing a circle with the segments and the seeds, deliberately irregular. Each student chose a pair of … [Read more...]

Silhouette on tonal gradations

A simple exercise that has always a great success, is the painting of a silhouette that stands out against a background painted in gradation. In this case we have created a tonal gradation with acrylic paint, starting from white color and gradually adding small amounts of another color. The painting of the background is done quickly with a flat brush, before the colors dry. In this way you can mix … [Read more...]

Sun and Moon in warm and cool colors

I thought of a imagine to match the feelings of "temperature" given from warm and cool colors. The idea has brought of this work, with a sun and a moon. The sun evokes the heat, the fire, and the range of warm colors, while the moon evokes the cold and the night with the range of cool colors. We divided a drawing sheet in half horizontally, and we drew a circle in the middle. On the left of the … [Read more...]