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...]

Natural textures with colored pencils

When we ask students to depict the water in a drawing, the majority draws a blue solid color; in the same way the wood is drew as a brown solid color, and the grass is an area of compact green. In this exercise, I challenged the students to the observation of reality. To copy a texture in a realistic way, is essential to observe its complexity. The enlarged detail of a natural texture helps us to … [Read more...]

Contemporary Mona Lisa

After an exciting lesson on Leonardo da Vinci we tried, like many other artists of modern and contemporary art, to play with the famous image of Mona Lisa. We wanted to create a Mona Lisa of nowadays, dressed in a trendy T-shirt, and posing in front of a background of a city. We imitated the shadows on Mona Lisa's face and hands, and the landscape that fade in the distance, as in the famous aerial … [Read more...]

Mona Lisa: 2 worksheets

With these worksheets we can play with the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo. The linear drawing of the most famous portrait in the world is available in two versions: one ancient, like the original, and one contemporary, revised in a modern look. Buy now How could you use these worksheets? We can color them, invent fabrics and decorations for clothes, realistic or imaginary landscapes for the … [Read more...]

15 worksheets about Egyptian deities

15 templates in JPG, ready to download for free, for the activity on the Egyptian deities that you can find here. The work was proposed by the art teacher Alessandra Tombesi who kindly have made available the worksheets … [Read more...]

Objects in detail

The observation of an object from very close sets in motion thoughts about how it is made, what are the parts that compose it, and what the mechanisms that move the parts. But draw an object in its details is a further step towards the knowledge of that object, and hands, you know, have a potential memory that let us "know" this object forever. We are thinking about the study of plants in … [Read more...]

Tropical landscape inspired by Gauguin

Here we have a tropical landscape in the style of Gauguin, with stylized shapes, precise outlines, unnatural contrasting colors, and solid colors. These designs were created by the students of 9th grade, after studying the works of Paul Gauguin, especially the landscapes he had painted when he was in the South Seas. The design was copied from a photograph in black and white, simplifying the images … [Read more...]

Prints with styrofoam inspired by Miro

The designs, typically linear of Juan Miro, inspired us to realize our prints with styrofoam in the 6th grade classes. This material was cut from used food trays. The small plates have become the matrices for our prints. After analyzing the works of Miró, we found a large graphic repertoire of little men, eyes, animals, flowers and birds of strange shapes, stars and moons. Thus we copied the … [Read more...]

The magical worlds of Paul Klee

Copying freehand an artwork of Paul Klee is a joyful experience, detached from any worry of resemblance to reality. What we experience is the playful sense of childlike drawing, free from a rational draft. Each student, in a class of Grade 6, have copied an artwork of Paul Klee, drawing the main lines without bothering to copy them faithfully, but interpreting the drawing freely. Even the … [Read more...]