Asian Inspired Fans with paper plates

With students of Year 6 we painted some fans in Oriental style, with colorful watercolors on the background and silhouettes of bamboo plants and branches with cherry blossoms painted in black ink. For the fans we merely used half of a paper plate! … [Read more...]

Murano glassware shelf

Thinking about something decorative, colorful and transparent we thought of Murano glassware, to do an exercise with the primary and secondary colours. We made a drawing with pencils and permanent markers, which could imitate a shelf into a glass shop of the famous Venetian island. Then we painted the design with the three primary colours in watercolors, overlapping them in some areas, to get the … [Read more...]

Polar Landscapes

We prepared some Polars Landscapes painting with watercolors or gouache. We used several simple techniques to create different textures in order to achieve various effects in the landscape. This exercise is inspired by the amazing blog of Gail Bartel: That artist woman. Each student tries techniques on different sheets and then the sheets shall be cut and shared to create different landscapes … [Read more...]

Ancient map colored with coffe

This map is copied from an ancient Tudor’s map with a pencil and then it has been redrawn it with a black permanent marker . We crumpled the map and we carefully ripped the edges, to make it look really old!Afterwards we painted some parts with diluted coffee and then we sprayed the drawing with coffee stains using an old toothbrush. You can even create your map and invent your own mysterious … [Read more...]

Colored Bulbs

Another simple exercise with primary colors! We copied different kinds of bulbs drawing them with a black permanent marker. Each bulb is superimposed on another to have some areas where the colors overlap. First we painted with watercolor yellow, then red and finally we overlayed the blue. Eventually we painted a gray stripe on the metal part of the bulb to simulate … [Read more...]

Circles of colored words

Inspired by Kandinsky circles, we paint some simple circles with watercolors using just the three primary colors, mixing them each other and painting very loosely circles of different sizes. Then we wrote in the circular lines some words, everything we could think about colors, or pieces of poems and songs, in English or in Italian language, even nonsense words! The purpose was just decorate the … [Read more...]

Storybook characters on old book pages

The old book pages inspired me to draw storybook characters . You can suggest a subject or pupils can choose  their favourite characters. My son Davide drew directly with a black marker on the page and  then he coloured  with watercolours. Davide drawing … [Read more...]

Color theory inspired by Paul Klee

Exercises on warm and cool colours, complementary colours or primary and secodary colours inspired by Paul Klee’s works of art. Here we used watercolors on book’s pages, used as a grid of perpendicular lines. warm colours cool colours complementary colours complementary colours primary and secondary … [Read more...]

Written with the Rainbow

On watercolor paper you can write with the water and drop the colours with the eyedropper. I used colored inks, but you can also use liquid watercolors.   … [Read more...]

Ancient Parchment… with coffee

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