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...]

Tonal gradation with circles

A tonal gradation is defined as value steps going from light to dark. In this exercise the students of Grade 7, have painted the tonal gradation of a color of their choice, showing the steps in strips of colors. This instructional painting was made less boring with a little trick: we cut out two circle from the painting and then we pasted them on a black cardboard, leaving a small strip of black … [Read more...]

Rainbow banners

This exercise is carrying on the project about the color theory. The painting is based on the color's wheel and the complementary colors. With students of grade 6-7 we painted these rainbow flags: the stripes have been painted with the twelve colors of the color wheel in sequence as a rainbow, and the writtens have been cut out from the same stripes, but glued on the complementary color … [Read more...]

Silhouette in color gradations

An interesting exercise on gradations has been made in classes of grade 8° by combining a background and a silhouette painted with gradations in complementary colors. First the students have painted two sheets with acrilyc paint in different gradations (one sheet from yellow to red and one sheet from yellow to blue). After a while, when the paint was dry, they cut out a silhouette from one of the … [Read more...]

Watercolors inspired by Michael Craig-Martin

After observing and commenting on the works of the contemporary artist  Michael Craig-Martin,  each student in grade 8 took a picture of five or six small objects that represent his personality, his interests and preferences. The photograph had to encompass a series of scattered objects, taken from above on a white background, with framing that included all objects or parts of them. The photograph … [Read more...]

Twigs in complementary colors

With students of Grade 7, we are continuing our work on complementary colors. These sprigs have been drawn with wax crayons directly on the white paper and then they have been painted with watercolor paints using various shades of complementary colors. The properties of the wax crayon which is water resistant, helped students to paint inside the shapes. In that way the liquid watercolors don't … [Read more...]

Trees in gradation

In  classes of  7th Grade (12 year-old) we have painted a forest of trees without preliminary drawing, using directly the brushes and the acrylics paints on the white paper. To make the effect of the depth we painted different color planes in tonal gradation. Most of the students chose to use black and white, while someone has used a color instead of black. We talked about the concept … [Read more...]

Warm and cool colors for a still life

 We have proposed once again a "still life" to our students of Grade 8 (12 year old). This time the subject is not painted in a realistic way, with light and shade or three-dimensional effects. Each student has divided the drawing into various areas and then he has colored it with solid colors, in warm and cold tones. Here are the beautiful interpretations of our … [Read more...]