The copy as instrument of knowledge

Since forever in the history of art, every artist is used to copying the other artists’ work, especially the work of the ancient masters. This practice teaches to us a lot of things about the techniques, the use of colours and the personal style of the master. Therefore, to copy corresponds to learn, according to the effective idea of “learning by doing”. Even today, in the age of the … [Read more...]

Monochrome photos: a color hunt!

The word MONOCHROME describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or values of one color. A monochromatic object or image reflects colors in shades of limited colors or hues. For an image, the term monochrome is usually taken to mean the same as black and white or, more likely, grayscale, but may also be used to refer to other combinations containing only tones of a single … [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...]

I-cube: me in numbers

Can we introduce ourselves with numbers? We can do it on the 6 sides of a cube! We called this activity I-cube and we used numbers to explain our hobbies, our special numbers, our relatives and our favorite sports. Actually, I have used it to review the main subjects of Color Theory: every side of the cube is decorated with a number which represent the author, but is also colored with six … [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...]

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...]

Artist Trading Cards Global Swap 2015

At beginning of the School year we took part ito an Artist Trading cards Global Swap. The idea came from an outstanding American teacher, Nic Hahn (here her website MiniMatisse), with whom I share technical ideas and lessons from a few years. Artist Trading Cards are small works of art, the size of a playing card, (2.5 x 3.5 inches, or 6.35 x 8.89 cm) that artists from around the world exchange … [Read more...]

Futurist photographs

The Futurist artists argue that true Beauty Is in the dynamism of things because nothing is still, everything moves. After observing some Futurist paintings like those by Giacomo Balla and chronophotograph by Thomas Eakins, the eighth grade students have experienced the representation of forms in motion through photography. These shots were made with mobile phone trying to capture a … [Read more...]

Textured flowers: collaborative project

Working on the textures we painted these flowers with the 6th grade students. We practiced lots of different textures, using tempera painting with different tools, as small, large, flat and round paintbrushes, and toothpicks, chopsticks or cotton buds. Every student painted a quarter of a flower, so at the end we can compose all the paintings together in a big mural with colorful flowers. To … [Read more...]

Prints in radial symmetry with styrofoam

Small prints made with styrofoam matrices to experience the radial symmetry. This type of symmetry is based on the principle of rotation of an element, respect to a central point. To realize the printing plate we cut out of small squares (8x8 cm) from styrofoam food trays. Now we need a small square of paper, the same size of the printing plate, to plan the design to be engraved. The square of … [Read more...]