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...]

Prints inspired by the German Expressionist group “Die Brücke”

With pupils in Year 9 (classe 3) we made some lovely prints inspired by the German Expressionist group "Die Brücke". We have carved small plates of Adigraf (a special soft linoleum) with engraving tools and we printed the matrices on paper, with printing inks. We started with a sketch on paper which was then redesigned over the adigraf and then engraved with various gouges. Printing was done … [Read more...]

Painting the Mona Lisa

In the painting competition of 3rd February 2013, organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Bristol, children between 6 and 11 years have ventured into the copy of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and it was very interesting to watch the interpretation that every child gave of his own Mona Lisa! … [Read more...]

A Face Collage

How many colors, patterns, textures, shapes, objects you can find in a magazine? It’s an inexhaustible source of ideas to create whatever you want! We thought about a character with its features, its accessories and clothes ... Collage is a fantastic medium of expression!   … [Read more...]