Asterisk* with three ways to shade

As in this previous lesson, we practiced three different ways to create value and shade with pencil. In this drawing, made with 7th grade students, we used artist tape on a square drawing sheet. We made an asterisk, being careful to stick the tape on any cloth before putting it on paper. In this way the tape becomes less adhesive and you avoid to tear the paper. With a soft pencil we drew the … [Read more...]

Like tissues at the microscope: shading exercise

In order to comprehend the shading effects in a drawing, it's very useful working on the perception of the depth. Adding shadows on a flat drawing helps our perception in seeing the three-dimensional effects of the depth. It's a sort of "magic": we can understand the different layers just if the shadows are in the right spots. I created this drawing with students of grade 7th. We started … [Read more...]

Artist Trading Card Global Swap 2016 from Italy

With great pleasure I publish here the Artist Trading Cards, created by ten Italian Schools which took part with me in the project Artist Trading Card Global Swap 2016. Our cards have already arrived to Minnesota, where Nic Hahn and her staff are dividing them, in order to ship them in other 100 Schools around the world. We are looking forward to receive the new cards from the Schools that took … [Read more...]

Drawings, Music, Emotions: collaborative project

Matching drawings, music, and emotions is a fascinating experience, which helps to express yourself and your own feeling. Is not possible to fail or to make mistakes, and the experience has always a liberating effect. With Grade 8th students we experienced how the music can create emotions that we can turn out in drawings. We worked in groups of four on a large drawing sheet, sharing the same … [Read more...]

4 ways to draw with DOTS

We created these mixed media paintings with 6th grade students. We experienced that you can create very expressive images just using dots. The dot is the smallest element of the visual language, but we can use it in many ways. You can create LINES, aligning the dots. You can create SHAPES, pulling the dots together, in a regular way. You can create a DEPHT effect, drawing dots of … [Read more...]

Artist Trading Cards 2016

Also this year students grade 8th took part to Artist Trading Cards Global Swap, together with students from all over the world. In 2015 we joined this global swap as the only one Italian School, but this year no less than ten Italian Schools are involved! My previous experience went through the creation of 100 Cards and the creation of a Video Tutorial about how to create them. The receiving of … [Read more...]

Hearts in complementary colors

Complementary colors are fascinating because of their contrast: the powerful fight between two contrasting colors is made of light, brightness and energy. We proved it painting a shape and its background in complementary colors. I found this activity here in Artsonia Art Museum and I thought it was a good idea to review the theory about complementary colors with this activity. We need: … [Read more...]

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...]

Watercolor landscapes in the style of Paul Klee

Looking at the lines in the nature and the use of the lines in the art, we of course came to consider the work of Paul Klee. His works express the evocative power of the lines: with few signs the lines, suggests to us the flow of water, an expanse of roads and fields, a big city full of palaces. I refer to some of the most famous works of the artist as " Wild water ", "Main roads and secondary … [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...]