Words in complementary colors

In order to better understand the complementary colors we created a drawing to paint with different shades of complementary colors. We chose a three-letters word to draw in bold type on a squared grid, on a square drawing sheet. The aim is to create at least 8 variation of every chosen color. For example we consider the couple of complementary colors blue and orange: we can create many … [Read more...]

Tree in Warm & Cool colors

In this mixed media painting we used oil pastels and watercolors in order to learn the ranges of warm and cool colors. With students of Grade 6th we created these trees to recognize and use this kind of colors. First we draw the tree and the fields with a pencil. Second we decide which part will be in warm and which in cool colors   and trace all the lines with oil pastels (eg: we trace the tree … [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...]

Cats on the fence

Here we have an idea to try and use the primary colours and the neutral colours with tempera paint. First we draw the fence (high 11 cm, wide 24 cm, divided in 12 planks, each one 2 cm wide) with a pencil. Then we draw three or more cats, with simple lines and stylised shapes. After that we retrace the lines with a black permanent marker. We can use the 12 planks as if they were the 12 wedges of … [Read more...]

The color wheel in a big collage

This group work is simple but really effective. You can create a big color wheel with colored pieces of paper, ripped from magazines and old books. The whole class works to complete all the colors of this big color wheel, creating a poster to hang in the classroom. The big circle is divided in 12 slices. Every couple of students take a slice and choose a color of the color wheel. We need lots of … [Read more...]

Like tissues at the microscope: video tutorial

I'm glad to show here below a great video tutorial from  theartproject chad brown. Chad Brown is an art teacher who created this tutorial for his students, to explain this project in his class. He has  made the video of the process and his students use it to make their pieces. This is a great idea and I look forward to watching other Chad's video. Have a look at he video and enjoy! In order … [Read more...]

Art supplies in the style of Michael Craig-Martin

A drawing inspired by the contemporary artist Michael Craig-Martin  is created with the art supplies we usually use in our art room. In this drawing we can work on the topics of still-life,  representation of space and composition. To create the drawing follow these steps: CHOOSE from eight to ten photocopies of ART SUPPLIES objects Trace the picture on your drawing sheet with a pencil … [Read more...]

Animals in black & white

These mixed media paintings were created by students of 6th Grade in order to work on achromatic colours and greys scale. To realize this painting you need: - A picture in black & white of an animal - Tracing paper - Drawing sheet - Pencil and artist tape - Black coloured pencil - Black and white paint (tempera or acrylic paint) - Paintbrushes First at all you trace the main lines of … [Read more...]

Trees in chromatic shade and zentangle

To create these magic trees we paint a chromatic shade with tempera colors on a drawing sheet. First we start the shade with yellow: we add a little amount of red into the yellow paint and proceed painting the orange tint until we reach the pure red. After that we add a little amount of blue into the red paint and proceed painting the purple tint. In order to obtain this chromatic shade we need to … [Read more...]

Still life on tonal gradations

Here we have a mixed media work that involves many skills and subjects. First off all we learn how to paint a tonal gradation with acrylic or tempera painting, in order to create a background for this still life. You draw 12 stripes on a drawing sheet (2 centimeter each). Every line should be painted with a darker tone of the gradation, starting from the lighter one. On the palette you prepare … [Read more...]