Three spheres, three shadings, a pattern

  In this exercise, we experience different ways to create a shadow as we had already done in a previous lesson. In this case we drew the shading in pencil on three circles, which became three spheres. The spheres in black and white have been then glued on a colored background, decorated with a pattern with regular structure, to emphasize the contrast between the background two-dimensional, and … [Read more...]

Pattern with radial drawings

In Architecture and Design, a Pattern is a decorative design, as for wallpapers, made up of elements in a regular arrangement. Using the drawings in radial symmetry, made in a previous lesson by 7th grade students, we created some amazing patterns with a program of photo collage (but it is also possible with a page of Power Point or Word). The results are astonishing!  We had fun then playing with … [Read more...]

Ribbons interwoven with a common thread

The exercise of entwined ribbons already experienced in a previous lesson, it is made more complicated! I've found this idea on one of my favorite Art Blog of ever Mini Matisse created by my friend Nic Hahn. A colorful ribbon connects multiple drawings in a tangle of white ribbons. The exercise allows experimenting the light and shade and the effect of depth: with shadows put to the right place … [Read more...]

Symmetrical Name

In 6th grade classes we have worked on the symmetry, by writing our name and by drawing it four times in a square shape. Also the colors are put in a symmetrical way, thus forming abstract compositions, balanced by symmetrical lines. For students, this was a fun exercise to learn how repeat a module in symmetrical way, and for me, another good opportunity to finally learn all the names of my new … [Read more...]

Drawings in radial symmetry

   The radial symmetry has elements identical and symmetrical, relative to a central point, such as we can observe in the shape of snow crystals or in the disposition of the petals in a flower. After drawing a square with its medians and diagonals, we have drawn three curved lines and two straight lines within a clove of the square. These lines were traced on tracing paper with a soft pencil, … [Read more...]

Free doodles!

A really simple exercise that helps children to get rid of the stereotypes of the drawing and to have fun with colors. The line of the scribble has been made drawing continuously on the paper with a felt pen, without ever remove the tip from the sheet. The movements of the pen are wide and free and move around into the entire space of the paper. After a set time the line stops. Each student … [Read more...]

Zentangle circles and gradations

Another exercise carried out about tonal gradations in 8th grade classes. As in the previous exercise about shades of gray "Collaborative project in monochrome mixed media", here we have used the quarter circle to create parts of an image to be assembled in circle. The tonal gradations have been painted with acrylic paint (or also tempera painting is suitable) starting from the lightest color to … [Read more...]

Shape and abstraction: drawings inspired by Harold Hollingsworth

Inspired by the works of  Harold Hollingsworth, these drawings started from a recognizable form (the letters of our name) and then have been cut out into small squares. After that, we have recomposed them casually, in an abstract image. With students of 9th Grade, we have talked about some aspects of modern and contemporary Art, introducing the concepts of abstraction, creative expression, visual … [Read more...]

The magical worlds of Paul Klee

Copying freehand an artwork of Paul Klee is a joyful experience, detached from any worry of resemblance to reality. What we experience is the playful sense of childlike drawing, free from a rational draft. Each student, in a class of Grade 6, have copied an artwork of Paul Klee, drawing the main lines without bothering to copy them faithfully, but interpreting the drawing freely. Even the … [Read more...]

Experiences of Abstract Expressionism

Some students of grade 9 have experienced the liberating and emotional effect and of a painting without rules. They expressed themselves with instinctive gesture, through signs and colors, speed and action, drips, brush strokes textured, sponge strokes , scratches and subtractions of color with maximum freedom in the choice of colors and technique. The works, inspired by the Abststract … [Read more...]