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...]

How to paint the color wheel: video tutorial

A new video tutorial from, about how to paint the color wheel using Primary colours and mixing them to get Secondary and Tertiary colors. I spent some time to suggest the way you arrange the primary colors on the palette: it's important to have enough paint and enough space in order to mix the colors properly. In this video I used Magenta Red, Primary Yellow and Blue Cyan, but it's … [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...]

Flowers printed with Craft foam

We have already worked with this interesting material that can be etched, cut, shaped, glued, colored and printed. We used the craft foam sheets especially for printing, because it's cheap, it's suitable to be engraved, inked and printed in easy, simple steps. This time with Grade 6th students,  we created some printing plates in flower shapes, inspired by works of the great illustrator and artist … [Read more...]