CLIL: Art in Middle School

Drawing inspired by Craig-Martin: video tutorial

A drawing inspired by the contemporary artist Michael Craig-Martin  is created with the art supplies we usually use in our art room. In this drawing we can work on the topics of still-life,  representation of space and composition. To create the drawing follow these steps: CHOOSE from eight to ten photocopies of ART SUPPLIES objects Trace the picture on your drawing sheet with a … [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...]

Like tissues at the microscope: video tutorial

I'm glad to show here below a great video tutorial from  theartproject chad brown. Chad Brown is an art teacher who created this tutorial for his students, to explain this project in his class. He has  made the video of the process and his students use it to make their pieces. This is a great idea and I look forward to watching other Chad's video. Have a look at he video and enjoy! In order … [Read more...]

Lesson plan: Paint and describe different kinds of lines

The first element of art is the line, all ART starts with lines and we can create lots of images with simple lines! In this activity students learn how to paint a background with solid colors and how to paint different kinds of lines with different paintbrushes. The paintings could be assembled in a collaborative project to obtain a coloured modular panel. This lesson plan helps students to … [Read more...]

Group work: mixed media leaves

In groups of three we created this mixed media work, following the step-by step instructions. First we write our names on the back of the drawing sheet. Then we paint the drawing sheet with watercolors, all the three students of the group on the same drawing sheet. We use flat and round paintbrushes. We paint the background just with black and grey, the white areas depend on the … [Read more...]

Drawing about me

The Art lessons for this school year in the 6th Grade classes, follow the CLIL methodology (Content and Language Integrated Learning). To start I devised a lesson plan aimed at welcoming the new students. First I introduced myself with a video about me and the subject I teach. For this purpose I created a video with Adobe Spark, an integrated suite of storytelling applications for the iPad, … [Read more...]

CLIL Video tutorial: how to paint the color wheel

Per cominciare a creare le mie lezioni in CLIL in lingua inglese, ho pensato di creare un video semplice, con poche parole chiare ed istruzioni precise su come dipingere il cerchio cromatico, utilizzando solo i colori primari. Mi sono soffermata sulla preparazione della tavolozza perché è importante preparare bene i colori da mescolare, per essere sicuri di avere abbastanza colore ed abbastanza … [Read more...]

Video Tutorial: The illusion of space

There are six easy ways to make our three-dimensional drawings and give the illusion of depth and space; through these six tips we could see through the history of art and discover how artists have developed increasingly more sophisticated systems to deceive the viewer's eyes and show non-existent spaces: 1. OVERLAP 2. SHADING 3. PLACEMENT 4. SIZE 5. VALUE and FOCUS 6. LINEAR PERSPECTIVE I … [Read more...]

Video Tutorial: Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards in 5 steps

Here we have the video tutorial: How to create Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards in 5 easy steps: 1. Collage: front and back of the card are covered with a magazine page with written. After, you add small pictures cut from magazines. On the back of the card you affix a label with name, age and origin. 2. Painting: on the collage, on the front of the card, you paint with various colors, in a … [Read more...]