Final exam 2016

Even this year I asked my students to create a personal work, inspired by the artists we've studied in our lessons. In the final exam is important to describe and justify the work, explaining the techniques and the procedure and the motivations of their work of art. Here we have the works  presented during the final exams: they was connected to a history of art topic,  and every student explained … [Read more...]

Prints inspired by the German Expressionist group “Die Brücke”

With pupils in Year 9 (classe 3) we made some lovely prints inspired by the German Expressionist group "Die Brücke". We have carved small plates of Adigraf (a special soft linoleum) with engraving tools and we printed the matrices on paper, with printing inks. We started with a sketch on paper which was then redesigned over the adigraf and then engraved with various gouges. Printing was done … [Read more...]

Inspired by the Kandinsky’s landscapes

From a photo of a simple landscape, I tried to inspire my paintings in the style of Kandinsky. He painted many landscapes, where it is recognizable the style that characterizes his abstract painting. We can see the lines which surround the stylized shapes of the landscape, and the colors that are not realistic. You could do this lesson with students year 8 and 9, but also with younger pupils! The … [Read more...]

Modigliani style with oil pastels

  Modigliani’s portraits are so characteristic that it is easy to copy them! Here is a simple technique with pencil, oil pastels and baby oil to imitate the unmistakable style of this artist.  We can start to copy the contours of the figure  with a pencil, simplifying the lines and shapes.  Modigliani’s Works of art Then we color the entire surface with a … [Read more...]

Inspired by Caspar David Friedrich

Giulia D. With students of grade9 (classi terze) we studied the Romantic Painters of 19th-Century, like Turner, Delacroix, Gericault and Friedrich. After the Romanticism lesson we painted some pictures inspired by Friedrich’s works of art with acrylic colours. We applied the same method as previous painting (Silhouette on colorful gradations) but with different color scales for the figures. … [Read more...]

OVO, Amazing Art Lessons online!!

Amazing website for our online classes: concise, precise, with stunning moving images ... in a few minutes the contents that count ... undoubtedly interesting for a distracted teenagers audiences ! Thanks to Martina Malpaga that gave me the information​​! Have a look! English version: http://www.ovo.com/index.php?lang=en Italian version: http://WWW.OVO.COM/video/arte-e-design   … [Read more...]

Portraits in Modern Art

The figure in the Avant-garde Art was represented in many different ways and with different techniques. Students chose some details of works of art and copied the figures, imitating style and … [Read more...]

Landscapes inspired by Egon Schiele

  We started copying a city landscape from an Egon Schiele’s work of art. His technique is black crayon and oil painting on canvan. To imitate the texture we  can draw with black charcoal  on paper, and then fill the spaces with white acrylic, spreading a thick layer of colour. When acrylic is dry we can  colour the landscape with watercolor, moping the  colour with  a tissue … [Read more...]

Inspired by Rothko

  I love Rothko, I try to teach who he is and what he has done. The easiest way is to copy his works of art, his colour’s fields  and compositions. With soft pastels start creating fields of colour on white, black or colored cardboards. The colour can be blended with your fingers, or with a brush dipped in baby oil. We should try not to mix the color fields, rather to color within … [Read more...]

The brushstrokes of Van Gogh

Here is a really valuable site for lovers of art and for art teachers: the paintings exhibited in major museums around the world as you have never seen before, with the ability to zoom up to flush out the details in the technical secret way of painting of each artist. In addition to this the opportunity to visit the most important museums through virtual tours in the exhibition halls! Have a look … [Read more...]