3-D Geometric Paper Shapes with Patterns

After doing a lesson about Shapes and Forms as elements of art my colleague Francesca Dallago created these 3-D solids with Grade 7th students. They traced the lines on a white cardboard (220 gr/sq meter) and cut out the templates. Then they decorated the templates with black & white different patterns, one on every face of the solid. After that they folded and glue the paper to create the … [Read more...]

New works inspired by Harold Hollingsworth

Since a while I've been following with admiration and esteem the work of Harold Hollingsworth  a contemporary artist from Seattle, Washington. In the last works he embellished his paintings with floral patterns,  a new consistency of the brushstroke and layers of oil and acrylic paint. He describes his work with these words: "On a simple level, I describe my work as abstraction, with cultural … [Read more...]

Piero della Francesca in the style of Barry McGee

Inspired by a previous post dedicated to the artist Barry McGee, the art teacher Marcella Manco with her students of Arezzo Middle School "Piero della Francesca" , created these amazing works: they magically have brought together the contemporary artist Barry McGee with one of the most emblematic artist of Italian Renaissance, Piero della Francesca. The teacher explains: "to make further studies … [Read more...]

The color wheel in a big collage

This group work is simple but really effective. You can create a big color wheel with colored pieces of paper, ripped from magazines and old books. The whole class works to complete all the colors of this big color wheel, creating a poster to hang in the classroom. The big circle is divided in 12 slices. Every couple of students take a slice and choose a color of the color wheel. We need lots of … [Read more...]

Romanesque pop-up Cathedral

A new and interesting idea from the art teacher Giovanni Perdicchia, who has already published on this website an activity about art works and photography. These Romanesque pop-up Cathedrals have been created by his 7th grade students. The schools involved are the Middle School of  di Racale, and the Middle School of Alliste, in the province of Lecce, in Italy. After studying the Romanesque and … [Read more...]

Restore ancient Greek vases

Before being a teacher I worked as a restorer in many Italian cities and I completed my restoration study at the National School of Restoration in Florence. A damaged work of art for a restorer, is like a sick patient for a doctor: how to heal a work of art? The world of the restoration is complex and fascinating: we can learn that the restoration and respect for the work of art are always … [Read more...]

Fashion design with Textures: worksheets and 5 activities

The drawings for these activities are inspired by Scott Nylund’s work, an american illustrator and fashion designer . I really like his clean and graceful style and I found it suitable for working on the textures. The templates should be printed on paper or white cardboard, and then you can cut out the model’s dress with a cutter. In that way you create an empty space that you can fill up in … [Read more...]

I-cube: me in numbers

Can we introduce ourselves with numbers? We can do it on the 6 sides of a cube! We called this activity I-cube and we used numbers to explain our hobbies, our special numbers, our relatives and our favorite sports. Actually, I have used it to review the main subjects of Color Theory: every side of the cube is decorated with a number which represent the author, but is also colored with six … [Read more...]

Nativity in the style of Romero Britto

For this Christmas we decided to participate in a contest of cribs that takes place in our town. With the students of 6th grade, in the class C, we made a Nativity scene, inspired by the Brazilian artist Romero Britto.We thought about this artist especially for the joy expressed by his works and his colors. The space at our disposal for the preparation of the crib is quite large, so we thought to … [Read more...]

Paul Klee Collage: 5 worksheets

Five printable worksheets that reproduce some famous works by Paul Klee with one thing in common: all five paintings evoke the LANDSCAPES using the LINE as a fundamental element of the composition. In these paintings we see cities, strange forests, roads, rough water or clouds, drawn with a thin stretch. Buy now With these worksheets you can cut out and assemble parts of different pictures … [Read more...]