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...]

Printing in Andy Warhol style

Using the method of monoprint already experienced previously with the works of Cézanne, we made these prints inspired by Pop Art . First, we have superimposed a transparent acetate sheet on a photograph of a face in black and white, and then we have colored the various parts of the figure with felt tip pens, separating the lights from the shadows. Repeating the monoprint with different colors we … [Read more...]

Mixed media portraits by Picasso

The style of Picasso portraits is unmistakable: the figures fall apart and are recomposed in his paintings, overturning all the canons and the proportions of the face in the style of Cubism. When students have copied the works of Picasso have not bothered to respect the proportions of the picture, but they have drawn freely, taking inspiration from the image. On a background in collage, prepared … [Read more...]