Inspired by Matisse Cut-Outs

An important exhibition in 2014 at the Tate Modern in London was dedicated to a giant of modern art  Henri Matisse (Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, 17 April - 7 September 2014). This exhibition explored the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born. We were inspired by Matisse cut-outs to create these collages following the … [Read more...]

My Alien Friend!

Among the topics studied in the literature of this period by the students of grade 9 there is the literary genre of science fiction. This suggested to us to invent our alien friend: we have drew the figure with colored pencils and felt tip pens on white paper inventing strange shapes of mouths, eyes and faces. The shape of the alien was then pasted on a background of black cardboard drawn with … [Read more...]

Portrait inspired by the paintings of Erik Jones

With students of Year 9, we approached the theme of the portrait. Following a pattern drawn on a sheet of squared paper, each student drew a female face in pencil with beautiful results. To make it more creative we have completed our design with a colorful background with collage, inspired by the paintings of an American artist named Erik Jones, who surrounds his portraits of  women in  whirls of … [Read more...]

A portrait by Picasso made ​​with collage

In this exercise, one of the famous Cubist portraits painted by Picasso has been made with collage, using different kinds of paper (colored tissue paper, newspaper and magazine fragments). Each student has copied the painting by Picasso in pencil and then has glued the different types of paper on the drawing trying to follow the colors of the original painting. After completing the collage, the … [Read more...]

Lego Avatar

Here's another fun way to learn about the guys who start the year 8 and to get some clues about their personality: I invited each student to draw your own "avatar" of lego and add some characteristic object  that recalls an interest, a hobby or a favorite sport ... just like in the Lego Minifigures where each character is accompanied by some object that characterizes it, even the kids have drawn … [Read more...]

An Egyptian sarcophagus ceramic

With the technique of slabs of clay here is an activity for the children of the Primary School on the subject of Ancient Egypt. The realization of a box-sarcophagus  with a mummy inside! The box was painted with engobes after the first firing and then glazed for the second firing. Here are the phases of construction. … [Read more...]

The banners for the School

After a year in Bristol I'm going back to Italy. I have worked with pleasure at Cherry Garden Primary School and, as a goodbye gift, I have drawn the banners with the key words that recall the values ​​taught daily in the school. In English schools there is a special education on the values, ​​and every day children are reminded of the words that focus on human growth, on respect, on learning to … [Read more...]

An articulate manikin

With the students of Year 8 we built an articulated manikin made of cartonboard which served as a model for drawing figures in motion. Each student has chosen a pose for his manikin, which could be from front or in profile, and invented a character to "dress up" and paint in an appropriate scenario. Here you will find the sheets to create your manikin! … [Read more...]

Draw a figure with the right proportions

Analysing the human figure with the students of the 8 we have understood how to draw a human body with the right proportions. Helping with a grid with squares we invented a character according to the rules of the "canon of Polykleitos", a sculptor of ancient Greece who had established the perfect proportions to sculpt a human figure.   … [Read more...]

Symmetrical masks painted

With students of Year6 we have drawn some masks with abstract but symmetrical designs. To make symmetrical lines we have drawn them on half face and then we have recopied them on the other half. With carbon paper we transferred the design on white cardboard. Afterwards we have painted them with acrilyc colours, making sure that even the colours were symmetrical. … [Read more...]