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...]

A suit for Ghali

Ghali is a young Italian rapper beloved by my students. He usually wears colorful jackets, shirts and suits and we realized a collection of suits for him working on patterns. First we created in pairs some patterns, with different techniques and colors. After that we cut out the suit's shape from the photocopy of the singer in order to create a window. The picture has been pasted on the drawing … [Read more...]

Prints inspired by Portuguese Azulejos

During my last trip to Lisbon I discovered the beauty and the infinite variety of the Azulejos , the traditional ceramic tiles you can find everywhere on the Portoguese architectures. The Azulejo is a typical Portuguese decoration which consist of a Thick ceramic tile with a glazed and decorated surface. Traditionally it is square-shaped and its size is 12cmx12cm. After talking about the notion … [Read more...]

Paintings in scale of grays, inspired by B&W photos

This activity is an idea of the art teacher and friend Alessandra Tomasi. She is teaching at the Middle School of Fondo e Revò, in the North of Italy, and her students are Grade 8th. After introducing the history of Photography the students observed many black-and-white photographs. Students and teacher talked about shades, hues and colors in these pictures. The activity proposes to create a … [Read more...]

Emotions in abstract compositions

Composing a visual image consists of arranging and placing the elements on a support or in the composing space. This means arranging the elements of the image and giving them ORDER and UNITY. A composition's order is how we chose and determine the type of relation there will be between the different elements of art. With Grade 8th students we had a lesson about COMPOSITION in the work of art, … [Read more...]

Painting 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. How to do this painting: 1.Write your … [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...]

SELFIE Artist Trading cards 2018

This year for the third edition of Artist Trading Card Global Swap 2018, we thought to focus our work on ourselves, infact the topic is our SELFIE! We collected all our selfie from mobile phones and then we worked on them with colors, in the style of Matisse and Expressionist artists. The swap project is created by Nic Hahn of Minimatisse website, and the aim is to bring Artist trading cards … [Read more...]

Vortex of textures

A colored vortex of graphic textures have been created here by students of 6th grade, to test their creativity. Here we have the instructions to follow in order to realize this drawing with felt-tip pens: - on a square drawing paper draw a central point with a pencil. You don't need to measure, you can trust your eyes! - from this central point draw eight curved lines, bended toward right. The … [Read more...]