Collaborative project: the book ‘s cover

In collaboration with the literature teacher, a 7th grade class, has worked in small groups to create the covers of some short stories. The stories, of the fantasy genre, have been written by the students followed by the literature teacher Tatiana Marzani. They have invented the story according to the specific canons of the fantasy genre. In the Art class then the five groups have worked to … [Read more...]

Bicycle texturized: 20 printable worksheets

20 details of a bicycle, in pdf  file, ready to be colored, with texture, zentangle or solid colors. After you ended the decoration of the details, the worksheets can be assembled together to form a big bicycle. This is a teamwork suitable for all grades of school, which puts into play the decorative imagination of every child, and culminating in the creation of a larger picture, where everyone … [Read more...]

A post for you: our silhouette in zentangle!

For the new section "A post for you", here is the extraordinary idea of Fabiana Collotto, art teacher at the Middle School "Querini" in Mestre (Venice). As he told me in various mails that we exchanged, the work that we share here was made during a laboratory, where students from 5th grade and 6th grade have collaborated together. Groups of 5/6 students drew the outline of one of their classmates … [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...]

Wanderer above the Sea of…?

In the wonderful Romantic work of art "Wanderer above the Sea of ​​Fog" painted in 1817 by Caspar David Friedrich, a man looks out from a hill in front of a foggy horizon, reflecting on the infinite spectacle of nature. The work of Friedrich gave us an opportunity to create our "traveler", engrossed in observing various horizons: we can see a sea of mountains, houses, food or furniture, garden or … [Read more...]

Fanciful mushrooms!

With the 6th grade classes, we have collaborated on a science project on knowledge of fungi. In science lessons pupils have studied the characteristics of mushrooms from scientific point of view, while in our art lesson we observed only the shape of mushrooms, to draw them in a realistic way. The decoration was then made ​​freely. The outlines drawn have been filled in an imaginative way, with … [Read more...]

Experience the Comics!

The Comics is a very complex topic to deal with students, its implementation needs the ability to represent figure, landscape, perspective, movement, facial expressions, onomatopoeia, the shape of baloons and much more. In the 9th grade classes we did this after studying the main features of the comic. The students worked in groups of three and have designed one page of a comic book, created by … [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...]

Participation in the opera “Aida”

Opera Domani is a project for the opera productions, introduced by educational paths. With our school we attended the performance of the opera  "Aida -Love is Courage"  at the Auditorium of Trento. The classes involved, in collaboration with the music teachers, have painted some flags to wave during the triumphal march. For the realization of the flags we used the cardboard stencil and acrylic … [Read more...]

Matisse on the cabinet!

What an idea! A large collage with adhesive paper to decorate the  cabinets of art room! Which artist, if not Matisse, can give us the inspiration to brighten up our classroom?   … [Read more...]