The copy as instrument of knowledge

Since forever in the history of art, every artist is used to copying the other artists’ work, especially the work of the ancient masters. This practice teaches to us a lot of things about the techniques, the use of colours and the personal style of the master. Therefore, to copy corresponds to learn, according to the effective idea of “learning by doing”. Even today, in the age of the … [Read more...]

Double figures created with silhouettes

After reasoning about positive and negative space in the 7th grade classes, we designed a double figure, working on the relationship between couple of silhouettes. We observed the amazing images of  Noma Bar, the great contemporary graphic designer, who creates figurative plays between the figure and its background. The task was to create a picture with two silhouettes logically … [Read more...]

Contemporary Romanticism

Romanticism is always a fascinating art period for students: the artistic creation engages overwhelming passions, strong feelings and emotions. For these reasons teenager students are really involved in studying the Romantic artists. With students of Grade 8th , we put the characters of the most famous Romantic paintings, in different landscapes and contexts. The figures are inspired by these … [Read more...]

Romanticism ancient and contemporary: 6 worksheets

Romanticism is always a fascinating art period for students: the artistic creation engages overwhelming passions, strong feelings and emotions. For these reasons teenager students are really involved in studying the Romantic artists. With students of Grade 8th , we put the characters of the most famous Romantic paintings, in different landscapes and contexts. The figures are inspired by these … [Read more...]

Meeting with the artist: Albino Rossi

Having a meeting with an artist is always a special experience: we are used to appreciating the works of art, but a meeting with an artist makes us able to read his creations in a different way, with more affection and depth. This October we visited a beautiful exhibition at the Casa dei Gentili di Sanzeno (Trento) . The exhibit showed the whole artistic activity of ALBINO ROSSI, an Italian artist … [Read more...]

Our local Impressionists

The best way to understand the Impressionist's technique is to imitate it, in front of a real natural landscape. With students of grade 8th, we compared the Impressionist's landscapes with the landscapes of our own natural enviroment. Unfortunately we can't experience the "en plain air" painting: our lessons are so short that is impossible go out in the countryside, finding the right weather and … [Read more...]

Mii like me: 2 worksheets

Buy now It's very common among teens, creating "avatar" characters, in video games or social networks. These minifigures are used to represent yourself into a game or in a community. Everyone can create their own figurine, changing the features of the eyes, nose, mouth, hair. These avatar are inspired by Mii characters, from the video game console Wii. Here we have two worksheets with … [Read more...]

A post for you: Japonism & Impressionism

This post is dedicated to the art teacher Alessandra Tombesi and to her students: 3°C of the Calamandrei School, and 3°D of the Pirandello School in Florence, Italy. After studying the Impressionism, the students have been interested in the phenomenon of Japonism, namely the interest of Western artists in the late '800, towards the Japanese prints.  Some stylistic features of Japanese prints have … [Read more...]

Clay as a sketchbook

A holiday on mountain, looking around with joy, to discover shapes, sketches, pictures. The surface of clay , leather-hard, becomes a sketchbook, whereon I can copy directly the shapes of plants, leafs and flowers. These pots are the souvenir of an unforgettable place. The images are engraved and colored with black engobe in mishima technique. The green is engobe, painted with brush. After the … [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...]