Nativity in the style of Romero Britto

For this Christmas we decided to participate in a contest of cribs that takes place in our town. With the students of 6th grade, in the class C, we made a Nativity scene, inspired by the Brazilian artist Romero Britto.We thought about this artist especially for the joy expressed by his works and his colors. The space at our disposal for the preparation of the crib is quite large, so we thought to … [Read more...]

A lot of dots for a painting

With students of the sixth grade, we observed that the smallest element of visual language is the POINT. Is it possible to make a work of art made only of points? The Australian Aboriginal art confirms it, as well as the optical artist Bridget Riley, or the contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. we have made this painting in mixed media. to make the painting you will need: - Drawing paper - … [Read more...]

Name in Graffiti style

The eighth-graders have received with great enthusiasm the proposal to write their name in graffiti style, even though at the beginning they did not think to get results so beautiful! The process is simple: you start with a linear text and then you "swell" the letters one by one. You can give a round and soft shape, in "balloon" style, or a stiff and sharp shape for a more aggressive style. We … [Read more...]

Abstract painting inspired by Gerard Richter

Gerhard Richter is one of the most outstanding living artists of our time. After a long discussion in class about the role of art, and about the developments of modern and contemporary art, I showed the students the works of Richter, from the most figurative, to the most abstract. We talked about how the abstract painting is a matter for the artist's choices, and certainly not the skills. Another … [Read more...]

Final exams 2015

Every year, when my students have the final examinations of middle school, I wonder what they’ll remember of all our lessons in these three years. Somebody ‘will remember some experience into the Art room, another one will remember something that has emotioned him , incuriosito, astonished or bored him. I know that knowledge at this age is led mostly by emotions, and at the end of every year, I … [Read more...]

Jean Dubuffet … with closed eyes!

Have you ever tried to draw with your eyes closed? The pencil moves on the sheet guided only by a mental picture, which is that the drawing we would like to draw, but when we open our eyes, our design is a surprise, and seems disconnected from our will. When drawing a face, we strive to give proper place, proportion and measure to the eyes, nose, mouth, ears ... In this exercise, in addition to … [Read more...]

Cupcakes inspired by Wayne Thiebaud

One of the tricks to represent the space is to overlap the shapes in a way such that the position of the objects is perceived as three-dimensional. Although the cupcakes are all the same size, the higher shapes appear more distant than those at the bottom. With classes of 7th grade we have drawn some muffins, coloring them with oil pastels in a fanciful way. We then cut out the shapes and glued on … [Read more...]

Shape and abstraction: drawings inspired by Harold Hollingsworth

Inspired by the works of  Harold Hollingsworth, these drawings started from a recognizable form (the letters of our name) and then have been cut out into small squares. After that, we have recomposed them casually, in an abstract image. With students of 9th Grade, we have talked about some aspects of modern and contemporary Art, introducing the concepts of abstraction, creative expression, visual … [Read more...]

Editing a photo in Andy Warhol’s style

As we have seen in previous posts dedicated to the program GIMP 2, there are many ways to draw up and edit a photograph. With students in Grade 9, we concluded the program of art history with the Pop Art of Andy Warhol. Inspired by this artist we changed the colors of a portrait in black and white. With the program GIMP 2, we have reduced the image in a limited gray scale, and then we colored the … [Read more...]

Experiences of Abstract Expressionism

Some students of grade 9 have experienced the liberating and emotional effect and of a painting without rules. They expressed themselves with instinctive gesture, through signs and colors, speed and action, drips, brush strokes textured, sponge strokes , scratches and subtractions of color with maximum freedom in the choice of colors and technique. The works, inspired by the Abststract … [Read more...]