A “tunnel” in tonal gradation

We continue the exercises to learn how to create the perfect tonal gradations! This time with the classes of sixth grade we paint a mysterious hallway that is lost to infinity, populated by strange characters. First we prepare the geometric drawing of the tunnel, tracing the square's diagonals. The sheet is divided into concentric frames of the width of 1.5 cm. We begin to paint starting from … [Read more...]

Silhouette on tonal gradations

A simple exercise that has always a great success, is the painting of a silhouette that stands out against a background painted in gradation. In this case we have created a tonal gradation with acrylic paint, starting from white color and gradually adding small amounts of another color. The painting of the background is done quickly with a flat brush, before the colors dry. In this way you can mix … [Read more...]

Collaborative project: the book ‘s cover

In collaboration with the literature teacher, a 7th grade class, has worked in small groups to create the covers of some short stories. The stories, of the fantasy genre, have been written by the students followed by the literature teacher Tatiana Marzani. They have invented the story according to the specific canons of the fantasy genre. In the Art class then the five groups have worked to … [Read more...]

A post for you: The Egyptian deities on plaster

A new post dedicated to the work of other excellent teachers! Today we publish the experience of Alessandra Tombesi, an italian Art teacher in the Middle Schools of Calamandrei and Pirandello in Florence. Alessandra offers us an original task suitable for 6th grade classes, or other classes of Primary School, who study the topic of Ancient Egypt. Materials required: - Plastic dishes, plaster … [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...]

“Expressionist” printing on different paper

Studying Expressionism inspired us in the creation of these prints. In these days there is an important exhibition in Genova about German Expressionists, and we thought to do some works inspired by them. Using the matrixes made of a special gum called Adigraf, we have lanced the "expressionist" faces, imitating the woodblock prints of German artists of the early decades of the century. The newness … [Read more...]

Create a Fantasy Character

Starting from the analysis of the human figure and its proportions, we created and drew a fantasy character. The idea came from a work about Fantasy novels, made by 7th grade students, during the literature lessons. Before we have drawn a "dummy" in a grid of 24x6cm for understanding the correct proportions of the human figure. Then we copied the outline of our mannequin at the window, on a white … [Read more...]

A post for you: our silhouette in zentangle!

For the new section "A post for you", here is the extraordinary idea of Fabiana Collotto, art teacher at the Middle School "Querini" in Mestre (Venice). As he told me in various mails that we exchanged, the work that we share here was made during a laboratory, where students from 5th grade and 6th grade have collaborated together. Groups of 5/6 students drew the outline of one of their classmates … [Read more...]

Portrait in the style of Van Gogh

We used oil pastels on a black and white photocopy, and we imitated the unmistakable style of Van Gogh in "dashes", to create a portrait of a famous person inspired by this great artist. Van Gogh has made a large number of self-portraits and portraits, and observing his masterpieces we have tried to identify the dominant features: - Bright colors, very lively and sometimes unnatural - Swirling … [Read more...]

Illustrate a story

  From a project in collaboration with the Italian teacher, with a 7th grade class, we attended a competition, by creating a story with the illustrations. This is the Italian competition "Writers in Class"(Scrittori di Classe), targeted at Primary and Middle Schools throughout Italy. After a short lesson on the illustrations in the books and their creation, we talked about the narrative power of … [Read more...]