Ancient Parchment… with coffee

A simple system to simulate an ancient parchment is to use coffee to paint and stain the paper ! … [Read more...]

Free interpretation of a still life

With students of grade 8 we analyzed the still life in the paintings of modern art. Starting with a photographic image or real objects the pupils have painted what they saw in a new way, changing shapes, colors and backgrounds according to a pictorial interpretation free.    … [Read more...]

The faces – masks

Starting from the proportions of the face we saw in a previous lesson, the students have designed the masks and painted with tempera, alternating warm and cool colors in the mask and the background. … [Read more...]

Still life: details from Modern Art

These small paintings were copied from paintings of modern art, where painters such as Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne and Morandi have dealt with the theme of still life with very different styles. Students have chosen a detail and have imitated the style of painting of each author. … [Read more...]

Painting moving figures

   After building a dummy cardboard jointed, students of 8th grade choose a pose, a sport or movement, and drew the outline of the cardboard mannequin on a drawing sheet. After that they painted the figures with tempera or acrylic colors. The figures are in front or in profile, involved in different activities. You can fin the template of the mannequin below.    … [Read more...]

Experiences of Abstract Art

Some of you asked me how it was possible going so far away from realistic images to create something quite abstract, without figures or references to the real. We experienced this in the Year 9 with the freedom of the sign, the colors, the dripping, running through the paths by Kandinsky, Klee, Hartung, Kline, Rothko and … [Read more...]

Sentences in complementary colors

We have created a painting inspired by the works of Paul Klee and Alighiero Boetti using letters of the alphabet as a pretext to create forms and spaces to be colored. I explained that the sentence choice does not have to be recognizable: it is not a "slogan" advertising that needs to be readable, but a mere pretext to create a grid of straight lines, oblique, curved, horizontal or vertical, to be … [Read more...]

Silhouette in backlight

With students of year 8 we painted with tempera, using only the primary colors and mixing them in order to obtain a chromatic gradation. In the next step we painted a black shape over the colored background, to achieve a suggestive silhouette that stands out against the light.     … [Read more...]

Value landscapes

To continue our journey to discover the colors, with the year 7 classes, we painted landscapes in tempera tonal gradation. The forms that become more clear to the horizon can give a sense of distance, of the haze and the atmosphere. All is obtained with the mixtures of only three colors!     … [Read more...]

Fishes in warm and cool colors …

With the 6th grade students, we made an acrylic painting to experience the variety of warm and cool colors. Working on color theory we discovered how many colors can be "warm" , and "cool". The figure is a pretext for understanding the composition of colors, to find new gradation and mixtures. Here's how we created our fanciful "aquarium". We need: - drawing sheet - pencil snd rubber - tempera … [Read more...]