Gradations and silhouettes with Gimp

After the lesson of the landscape in gradation designed with the open source program Gimp2, we have developed a more elaborate landscape, using gradients of color and inserting a silhouette in front of the landscape. The silhouette has been selected from an image, copied and pasted as a new layer over the background. … [Read more...]

Landscapes in gradation with Gimp2

In classes of Grade 8th we are learning to use "Gimp", an open source program for creating and editing digital images. This is a photo editing program free of charge and can be downloaded from the website www.gimp.org . The first images we created are small colorful landscapes with a range of tonal gradations: for being the first experiment is well done!     … [Read more...]

The color wheel in a square

In the classes of Grade level 6, we are studying the color wheel. What better way to learn color theory that putting it into practice? We started painting the primary colors with tempera colors, and then we got all the others with the right mixtures. The final touch was to decorate the areas of color with the words, as decorative captions. … [Read more...]

Halloween in tonal gradations and zentangles

We have experienced the tonal gradations with acrylics with the students of Grade 8, to learn how to mix colors, starting with the lightest color and adding gradually the dark color up to the saturated color. At the center of the painting each student has drew a shape of his own invention, decorated with black and white zentangle ... We were at the end of October and as you can see many of these … [Read more...]

Murano glassware shelf

Thinking about something decorative, colorful and transparent we thought of Murano glassware, to do an exercise with the primary and secondary colours. We made a drawing with pencils and permanent markers, which could imitate a shelf into a glass shop of the famous Venetian island. Then we painted the design with the three primary colours in watercolors, overlapping them in some areas, to get the … [Read more...]

Colored Bulbs

Another simple exercise with primary colors! We copied different kinds of bulbs drawing them with a black permanent marker. Each bulb is superimposed on another to have some areas where the colors overlap. First we painted with watercolor yellow, then red and finally we overlayed the blue. Eventually we painted a gray stripe on the metal part of the bulb to simulate … [Read more...]

Circles of colored words

Inspired by Kandinsky circles, we paint some simple circles with watercolors using just the three primary colors, mixing them each other and painting very loosely circles of different sizes. Then we wrote in the circular lines some words, everything we could think about colors, or pieces of poems and songs, in English or in Italian language, even nonsense words! The purpose was just decorate the … [Read more...]

A Rainbow Umbrella!

With the Year 6-7 (Classi Prime) we continued our work on color theory, painting this “Rainbow Umbrella”. As in the color wheel we used acrylic or tempera colours, using only the three primary colours, Yellow, Magenta and Cyan. Draw a circle with a compass, draw the gores with a ruler and paint three gores with primary colours Mix the primary colors to obtain … [Read more...]

Ideas to work on the warm and cool colours

I was thinking about new ideas to propose to the students to work on the warm and cool colors. We use acrylic paints especially to learn how to use brushes and mix colors properly. Here are a few shapes to be used for these exercises: students can choose to use cool colours for the background and the warm for the figure or vice versa. … [Read more...]

The square color wheel!

Here a special color “wheel”, it is drawn freehand and colored with tempera colours on a square sheet. The students of year 6 colored their color wheel starting from the three Primary Colors, and completed it by mixing the primary colors to get the secondary and tertiary. draw the square color wheel starting from a central triangle draw every line … [Read more...]