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...]

A shared experience in Omaha, Nebraska

Yesterday, I was delighted to receive a lovely email from Cynthia Vana, a Library Specialist in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She led a workshop at the Florence Branch of Omaha Public Library where the participants used white oil pastels and acrylic paint to create African patterns on brown craft paper. Her workshop, part of a February program series celebrating African American Heritage Month in the … [Read more...]

Collaborative Dragon!

To end with flourish the topic about China with the students of 6th Year at Cherry Garden Primary School we have made a great Chinese dragon using paper plates. Each one has painted her paper plate as a color wheel, using only the primary colours and obtaining secondary and tertiary colours. In another paper plate each one has painted her name in Chinese, this has been glued to the center of … [Read more...]

Australian Coffee

Inspired by Australian Aboriginal Art these cups of coffee reproduce some typical australian patterns and colours. We used oil pastels on wrapping paper for the drawings and patterns, then we colored with tempera colors using warm-earth colours. In the end we completed the paintings with the characteristic white dots, printing the color white with the bottom of a pencil. … [Read more...]

The Ming Vases

I’ve tried an effective technique to imitate the Ming Vases, the typical Chinese vases in white porcelain with blue decorations. We begin copying the characteristic shapes of the Chinese vases from some pictures, with narrow necks and large bellies. To succeed in draw the symmetrical shape you start by median vertical line, draw a half and then you try to complete the other side, as if in a … [Read more...]

African Patterns on wrapping paper

On wrapping paper you draw simple african patterns with a white oil pastel: lines, dots, spirals, triangles, circles and stylized animals. Then you can paint with watercolors in the blanks, using only a few warm colours like brown, ocher, bordeaux and black. wrapping brown paper drawing with white oil pastel paint with … [Read more...]

Mexican sun

Inspired by the Mexican pottery this "sun" is made from a slab of clay leaned on an upturned plate, then cut and shaped. After preparing a project and then finished the first firing, the sun was decorated with Engobes and then glazed. … [Read more...]