Pop-up castle

An idea for a pop-up castle! You just need some cardboards of different colors, and follow the instructions:  you must fold the dashed lines and have to cut the continuous lines... Help the children in cutting! … [Read more...]

Big collage landscape

Every student painted 5 different texture with tempera colours: grass, rocks, sky,water and wood. We cut the sheets and composed two big mountain landscapes with all cuttings of painted texture (70cmx50cm). This is a teamwork of 7th grade pupils. Every student cut the texture in little strings and pieces with different shapes. After that they worked in a group of 10 on a big landscape … [Read more...]

Collage Matisse’s style

Inspired to Matisse’s collage, the students of 9th grade realized this collage starting from a magazine picture of  any whole figure. This figure has been stylized in a simple silhouette and cut out from a coloured cardboard. The collage is completed with the typical Matisse’s shapes. Some cardboards are painted with tempera guache. Example of Matisse’s … [Read more...]

Value exercise

I used simple cardboards, black and coloured, even sheets of coloured papers could be good. First, I drawn the scrolls on the coloured cardboards with a pencil. Second, we colored the scrolls with colored pencils: a darker tone for the shaded area, a lighter color for the highlight areas and a white pencil for the most enlightened, using different pressures to create a gradient. Then you cut the … [Read more...]

Puppets with dancing legs

With a photo of the face, a card and a rubber band you can make these easy and fun puppets, then you can decorate them freely, maybe even pasting buttons, ribbons or pieces of fabrics ... … [Read more...]

Christmas cards

Here in the UK it is very common to exchange greeting cards for Christmas, and since each of my children has at least 25 classmates, we recycled all of the cards we had at home (advertising, brochures, maps ...), and with very poor material we made simple Christmas cards for all ... A very handmade product! pronti per essere consegnati! … [Read more...]

Pop-up greeting cards

Just a little 'of colored cardboard, scissors, glue and some felt-tip pens to send a special message to someone special! … [Read more...]

Collages inspired by Synthetic Cubism

Inspired by the works of cubist artists such as Braque, Picasso and Gris, with the classes of the 9th year, we have created these paintings with mixed media. Synthetic cubism is the later phase of cubism, generally considered to run from about 1912 to 1914, characterised by simpler shapes and brighter colors. First we prepared a background  by overlaying collage of different cards (music, … [Read more...]

Surrealist rooms

The study of perspective in the 8th grade was the starting point for the realization of these rooms surreal. The design of a room in central perspective, performed following all the laws of geometry and perspective, it was a pretext to create fantastic places full of fantastic images, the images that make us think of some odd dreams. The techniques used to decorate the geometric design in pencil, … [Read more...]

Stained glass of tissue paper

After observing the Gothic stained glass with the students of '8th grade we made the "stained glass windows" of tissue paper. We started the elaboration of a photograph with the image of a flower. The shape and the colors were freely stylized and interpreted to reach the design of our window. After the execution of the model we have realized the structure, cutting out the black cardboard and … [Read more...]