Abstract painting inspired by Gerard Richter

Gerhard Richter is one of the most outstanding living artists of our time. After a long discussion in class about the role of art, and about the developments of modern and contemporary art, I showed the students the works of Richter, from the most figurative, to the most abstract. We talked about how the abstract painting is a matter for the artist's choices, and certainly not the skills. Another … [Read more...]

Final exams 2015

Every year, when my students have the final examinations of middle school, I wonder what they’ll remember of all our lessons in these three years. Somebody ‘will remember some experience into the Art room, another one will remember something that has emotioned him , incuriosito, astonished or bored him. I know that knowledge at this age is led mostly by emotions, and at the end of every year, I … [Read more...]

Three solid to shade: worksheet

In this worksheet you have three simple solid figures: a cylinder, a cube and a sphere. Starting from this linear drawing, you can deal with various topics at the same time: theory of the shadows, drawing techniques for shading, relationship between positive and negative space. For this work are required only a soft pencil and a felt tip pen, but the variants may be many, such as colored shadows … [Read more...]

Delaunay in primary, secondary and achromatic colors

Here's an exercise of painting, based on the colors primary, secondary and achromatic. Inspired by the works of Sonia and Robert Delaunay, these acrylic paintings were made by students of Grade 6th. After observing the features of the paintings of these two artists, we have drawn a series of rings and semicircles in pencil with the aid of a ruler and of a compasses. Rings had their center placed … [Read more...]

The color wheel star-shaped

In 6th grade classes our exercises on color theory proceed with the analysis of the color wheel. We made a painting in order to understand how to get all the colors of the color wheel, using only the three primary colors. First we have "turned" the color wheel into a star. With a ruler we drew a small central triangle from which branch off the three triangles of primary colors. On these first … [Read more...]

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...]