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...]

Delaunay in primary, secondary and achromatic colors

Here's an exercise of painting, based on the colors primary, secondary and achromatic. Inspired by the works of Sonia and Robert Delaunay, these acrylic paintings were made by students of Grade 6th. After observing the features of the paintings of these two artists, we have drawn a series of rings and semicircles in pencil with the aid of a ruler and of a compasses. Rings had their center placed … [Read more...]

The color wheel star-shaped

In 6th grade classes our exercises on color theory proceed with the analysis of the color wheel. We made a painting in order to understand how to get all the colors of the color wheel, using only the three primary colors. First we have "turned" the color wheel into a star. With a ruler we drew a small central triangle from which branch off the three triangles of primary colors. On these first … [Read more...]

Landscape textured with hot air balloon

We have experienced on other occasions the use of acrylic paint for the realization of textured surfaces, with the shoe, the cup, the Italian coffee maker. This time we chose to paint a landscape with a hot air balloon in the sky, with unnaturally colored and textured surfaces. The paintings were made in the 6th grade classes, where the students began to use painting and brushes. First we learned … [Read more...]

Haiku in colors

The Japanese Haiku is a short poem of only three verses that contains a fixed metric structure: the thoughts and images that flow through the heart become a poetry. During the lessons in the class 1D (Grade 6) the pupils have made ​​these short poems dealing with themes of natural events or feelings. Under the guidance of Professor Claudia Paternoster, who writes the blog "PAROLE BLU" (that means … [Read more...]

Desert landscapes in tonal gradations

Mysterious dunes enlightened by the moon, or lonely mountains in a hot desert? The landscapes painted by the students of Grade 6 are almost abstract and silent. The exercise of the gradations has been used to create a desert landscape, where the warm and cool colors are alternated in the dunes or in the sky. The gradation always starts from the light color (white), and it darkens adding the darker … [Read more...]

The magical worlds of Paul Klee

Copying freehand an artwork of Paul Klee is a joyful experience, detached from any worry of resemblance to reality. What we experience is the playful sense of childlike drawing, free from a rational draft. Each student, in a class of Grade 6, have copied an artwork of Paul Klee, drawing the main lines without bothering to copy them faithfully, but interpreting the drawing freely. Even the … [Read more...]

Experiences of Abstract Expressionism

Some students of grade 9 have experienced the liberating and emotional effect and of a painting without rules. They expressed themselves with instinctive gesture, through signs and colors, speed and action, drips, brush strokes textured, sponge strokes , scratches and subtractions of color with maximum freedom in the choice of colors and technique. The works, inspired by the Abststract … [Read more...]

Abstract watercolors… follow instructions!

Talking about lyric abstractionism of Kandinsky and Paul Klee with students in grade 9, we painted a small abstract watercolor with a small guide of "instructions" to follow. Each student should draw freehand with oil pastels: - Five different lines - Three circles, some even concentric - A geometric shape - An organic form - A symbol The lines of the drawing can interbreed with each … [Read more...]